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What Does a Criminal Records Report Include?

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Criminal records are maintained by the agency that creates them, and unfortunately, there are thousands across the country. Therefore, finding criminal records can be confusing and time-consuming. Using InfoTracer’s powerful search engine, you can find billions of criminal records when available within minutes using just the person’s name and state. Some of the details in our criminal records reports include the following when available:

  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • DUIs & DWIs
  • Arresting Officer
  • Arresting Agency
  • Mugshot(s)
  • Filing Date
  • Offense(s)
  • Court Details
  • Conviction Details
  • Sentencing Details
  • Probation Information
  • Court Costs
  • Fines Paid
  • Jail Records
  • And More

What are Criminal Records?

What are Criminal Records?

Criminal records detail a person’s criminal history. These records are created by local, state, and federal law enforcement, the courts, and the penal system. Criminal records may contain a lot of explicit information like the offender’s name, physical description, mugshots, race, gender, date of birth, age, and any tattoos or defining scars. These records may also include detailed information about their arrests, outstanding warrants, criminal charges, convictions, case information, case number for the court case, other court records, sex offenses, sentencing, and incarcerations.

Different Types of Criminal Records

There are many different types of criminal records. For example, local law enforcement creates and stores police reports and RAP sheets (Record of Arrests and Prosecutions). Penitentiaries keep inmate records, and courts file judgments, convictions, and charges. Some of the types of criminal records you might find on someone include: Grand juries track their charges, known as indictments.



Felonies are the most serious class of crimes an offender can commit. However, what defines a felony is different based on state law. Typically, a felony is a crime where the offender will spend at least a year in prison, have to pay fines, and may also be court-ordered to participate in some type of rehabilitative program. Some felonies are punishable by death. Federal law defines felonies as such:

  • Class A Felony
    The punishment is life imprisonment or the death penalty
  • Class B Felony
    The punishment is twenty-five or more years
  • Class C Felony
    The punishment should be less than twenty-five years, but more than ten years
  • Class D Felony
    The punishment will be less than ten years, but more than five years
  • Class E Felony
    The punishment will be less than five years, but more than one year


Misdemeanors are less serious crimes but more severe than infractions or violations. They may be punishable with fines, jail or prison time, and other court-ordered sanctions. Typically, offenders will spend less than one year in jail or prison. The federal government provides guidelines which include:

Sex Offenses

Sex Offenses

Sexual assault offenses are serious crimes with long-term repercussions. The sex offender registry contains information on anyone convicted of a sex crime. These individuals must register when moving to a new area so that the general public can track their whereabouts to keep family members safe.



Driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated are serious crimes because they endanger the driver, passengers, and other motorists. The penalties for DUIs and DWIs usually involve the loss of a driver’s license along with jail or prison time and fines. Sometimes the driver will have to attend “drunk school” and pay a fee to get their license back.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Records

Are Criminal Records Public?

Yes. Most criminal records are subject to public access. However, there are exceptions to that rule. For example, some criminal records may be sealed to protect innocent victims. Depending on state laws and the court system that processes the crime, record information may vary from region to region.

What is a Felony?

A felony is a serious crime that usually results in over one year in prison, plus fines and other punishments like mandatory participation in a state or federally approved program. An example would be drug trafficking. What classifies as a felony depends on the state.

What is a Misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is a lesser crime that may result in only a fine, a few days in jail, and other court-ordered punishments. An example of a misdemeanor would be possessing a small amount of marijuana. What classifies as a misdemeanor depends on the state.

How Can I Find Sex Offenders in My Area?

You can check the national sex offender registry to find offenders in your area. You can also use the InfoTracer search engine to locate registered sex offenders in your specific location.

How to Look Up Criminal Records

To look up someone’s criminal history record, you need to know the state and the court where the conviction occurred. Sometimes these specifics are not easy to find. You may have to contact a few court clerks to get the information you require. However, using an InfoTracer search, you can find records from all over the country by looking up someone’s name. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

How to Find Criminal Records for Free

Some police stations, sheriff’s offices, and courts provide free lookup of criminal records, but you need to know the dates of the crime, location, specific court, and other details. They may require you to fill out forms and pay a small fee in some cases. You can also check with some .gov websites for free access to criminal records. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy and can end up being time-consuming and costly to get the whole picture.

How Long Does a Criminal Record Last?

A criminal record is a written account of crimes a person was charged with. Depending on the severity of the crime, a criminal record can remain at the top of someone’s criminal records for many years or even for the rest of that individual’s life.

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