Oklahoma Criminal Records Search

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How to Check for Oklahoma Criminal Records

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) acts as the state repository for all criminal information. Per The Oklahoma Open Records Act, they allow public access to their records. You must fill out a criminal history request form and mail it in with a payment of $15 for a name-based search and $19 for a fingerprint search. You can also fax in your form. You can add $2 to see sex offender registry entries and another $2 for violent offenses. As an alternative to the state’s resources, you can also use a third-party online database to search for someone’s criminal background.

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Federal Records vs. Court Criminal Records in Oklahoma

Although each district court has its own website and some do offer limited access to court documents, Oklahoma recommends the use of Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) to search for and retrieve federal court records related to criminal cases. For local cases, you can visit the district court or peruse their website for online access. If you visit in person, you can request the proper documents and wait while the clerk processes your order. You may have to pay a fee for each filing.


How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?

Only qualified individuals can apply for expungement of their criminal history. If you have arrests that you were never sentenced for and you paid all fines, fees and did not incur any others, you can petition for sealing of those records. Some suspended convictions for non-violent offenses can be expunged as well. Sex offenses, other violent offenses, and any domestic abuse offenses will stay on your record forever. If you apply for your misdemeanor offense to be expunged, you cannot have any other crimes, both felonies or misdemeanors.


Who Can Lookup your Criminal Background?

Government agencies, the military, schools, adoption agencies, licensing institutions, property owners and pretty much anyone with access to a computer and the Internet can get a copy of your criminal background. You can also get a copy of your own criminal history to check what others are seeing.


Why Check Someone’s Filed Criminal Charges?

Property owners sometimes use a criminal background check before renting their property to someone. Companies use them for security clearances sometimes. The military and schools sometimes use them for admissions. The general public looks up criminal histories for various reasons like online dating and buying online.


Types of Criminal Records

On a regular criminal record, you will see someone’s arrests, warrants, dispositions, convictions, fines, bail, bond, parole details and probation, sex offenses, felonies, misdemeanors, incarcerations, and any acquittals. You will also see mug shots, fingerprints, name, date of birth, age, gender, race, height, weight, and other physical descriptions.


How Are OK Criminal Records Created?

When an officer picks up a suspect and arrests them for a crime, a RAP sheet is created. This document starts the paper trail that follows someone through the entire justice system. Added to it are police reports, court documents, additional crimes, mug shots, fingerprints and everything else filled out during their stay.