How do I go about checking my criminal record? 61 Answers as of September 20, 2012

I want to check my record for a DUI that happened 20 years ago, how do I go about doing that.

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Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
What do you mean by "checking" your criminal record? If you are wondering if the charge is still there, it is and will be unless it is expunged. You can obtain a copy of your criminal record through the Michigan State Police for a nominal fee.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/24/2011
Beaulier Law Office
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
Check your record online with Minnesota Courts Access - MNCIS Service- or by contacting the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 8/18/2011
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
There are public databases which may contain that information. In Michigan, the state runs has a criminal background check called ICHAT, with searches available to the public for the cost of $10.00.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/17/2011
Bloom Legal, LLC
Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
You should go to your local police department headquarters where they will typically offer to perform criminal record checks for a specific fee. In New Orleans the fee is generally around $20. You may want to call ahead of time to determine what forms of payment they accept as well as the specific amount of the associated fee.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 8/17/2011
Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre
Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre | Jonathan T. Sarre
If your DUII occurred in Oregon, you can go to any courthouse in the state and use the public OJIN terminals to access your case. OJIN is a database maintained by the state court system that complies data on every case filed in Oregon courts. Your case will probably be there as DUIIs are not expungeable in Oregon.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 8/16/2011
    Anderson Walsh PLLC
    Anderson Walsh PLLC | STACI LYNN ANDERSON
    With most records being available online today, you may want to see if the jurisdiction where you got the dui has an online repository. See if their records go back 20 years. The court clerk might also be able to help you. The FBI also has an online request for your National Criminal Information Center records at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-checks . You must pay $18 and get your fingerprints taken. But the NCIC will be a more accurate record to review.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    Simple, retain our office to run your driving abstract.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/16/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    If it is a Washington State conviction, go to the Washington State Patrol's web site and for a small fee you can download your record. You will need a credit card.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    Contact the court that handled your case and talk to the clerk to find what you need to know.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    Call the Clerk of Court where you were convicted and you should be able to get a copy of the conviction record.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    Contact the court and give them the date of the offense if you know it, and give them your name and date of birth and any other information they may need to find the records since it is so long ago records may be archived at another location than the court.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    You can either get a certified copy of your driving history from the Secretary of State's Office or get a criminal history from the County Clerk's Office where the incident occurred.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC | Jeffery A. Cojocar
    A DUI never goes off of one's record.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Nixon Ayemi | Nixon Ayeni
    You can ask for a BCA report.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C.
    Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. | Loren Dickstein
    You can go right to the Michigan State Police ICHAT system (you can find in on google) and purchase your record for $10.00.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    You can obtain a copy of your criminal record through the Michigan State Police.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Donahue, Sowa & Magana Attorneys at Law
    Donahue, Sowa & Magana Attorneys at Law | Glenn M. Sowa
    Assuming that this prior DUI occurred in Illinois, all you need to do is proceed to the nearest Secretary of State office and obtain a copy of you driving abstract. Make sure you get both the public and court purposes abstract. The clerk that issues the abstract to you can assist you in interpreting the codes. You will be looking for "11-501" which is the code for DUI in Illinois. The abstract can be obtained for a nominal fee.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Harrison & Harrison
    Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
    Go to the closest police station and ask them to check and give you a copy of your record. You should bring your ID and be prepared to pay a small fee.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    Go to the clerk of the court that you originally appeared in and request a Certificate of Disposition. That will tell you what is pending and what is still pending.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    Best way is to contact CBI - they have a website and it costs like $10.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Smith & John
    Smith & John | Kenneth Craig Smith, Jr.
    You can hire an attorney to submit a request to the Department of Public Safety & Corrections for your criminal history.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    The best way is to check with the clerk's office of the courthouse where the DUI proceeding occurred.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    There are services that you can pay to do that or you can go to the BCA and check yourself.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    The Law Firm of David Jolly
    The Law Firm of David Jolly | David Jolly
    To access your criminal history quickly and easily go to the following website: https://fortress.wa.gov/wsp/watch/ The cost is $13 and the results are very fast.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law | Michael Maltby
    You can go in person or online to the Washington State Patrol site and request a copy of your criminal record for a nominal fee.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    I think you can do it online ... costs $10.00 ... Washington State Patrol. Or you can always go to the nearest WSP location and order it. DUIs can be expunged is it shows on your record and you want to be rid of it.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    Go to the Secretary of State's office or DMV, if in another state other than Illinois, and ask for a "petitioner's driving abstract". The DUI should show up as a violation of 11-501 of the Illinois vehicle code, or respective code if in another state. It should be there, as a DUI never comes off your record.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law | Eric James Schurman
    You can contact Washington State Patrol and request a copy of your record.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Go to the court where you plead guilty and ask at the clerk's window.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Go to any police station and tell them you want a copy of your C.I.&I. That's your rap sheet. They will take your prints and charge you a few dollars but they will get it for you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Contact the police headquarters of the municipality of where you were convicted and get a Certificate of Disposition.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law
    Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law | Eric Mark
    If the DUI was in NJ, it was not a crime. It was a motor vehicle violation and it cannot be expunged. If it was in another state, you'd need to speak with a lawyer in that state. You can run a criminal background check through the New Jersey State Police by visiting their website. It costs $41. http://nj.gov/njsp/about/serv_chrc.html
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
    A Lifescan terminal is located at the Sheriff's office and probably the police department for your use.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    Check www.cbirecordscheck.com (for arrest records) and www.cocourts.com (for court records). You can also purchase your driving record (ask for the Full Record or they will just give you the last five years) for $2.20 at any DMV office.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    You can contact the Department of Justice.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Law Offices of Karen Kilpatrick
    Law Offices of Karen Kilpatrick | Karen Kilpatrick
    Visit the FDLE's website (Florida Department of Law Enforcement). You will find a link where you can run a background check - should be about $24.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    Go the county in which the case was filed / prosecuted and have them run a criminal background check on you. You will be able to access whatever records they have of the case there. (If you do not live near the county, call the county clerk's office and ask them the procedure for getting the records sent to you. You will probably have to make a written request, they will check the records and send you a bill, you pay it, they send you the records.)
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    You can request your driving record form the Department of Licensing or your cirminal record from the Washington State Patrol website.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Law Office of Jamie Balagia
    Law Office of Jamie Balagia | Will Mitchell
    You can order your criminal history online via the Texas Department of Public Safety website.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    If you know a conviction or plea occurred, then it is there on your record. Access to criminal history summary records maintained by the DOJ is restricted by law to legitimate law enforcement purposes and authorized applicant agencies. However, individuals have the right to request a copy of their own criminal history record from the Department to review for accuracy and completeness. Requests from third parties are not authorized and will not be processed. To receive a copy of criminal history record, complete the Live Scan Form http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/forms/bcia_8016RR.pdf. Take the completed form and fees to any Live Scan site for fingerprinting services, including most local police departments, sheriff's offices or any public applicant Live Scan site. If you want to challenge the contents of your criminal record once you get a copy, you must complete the "Claim of Alleged Inaccuracy or Incompleteness" which will be included with your Record Review response if there is criminal information on your record. Anyone with a criminal record can consider getting a conviction expunged; which would help in obtaining and keeping employment. A conviction can be 'expunged' from criminal records by proper application and Petition to the court, but only if there was no felony prison time sentenced, whether served or not, and if it was not for certain listed Sexual and Domestic Violence crimes, and if all terms of sentencing and at least one year of probation are completed, and if there are no new charges pending. If successful, the conviction would be withdrawn and the charges dismissed. Expungement does NOT clear, 'remove' or erase the conviction, but merely changes the record to show 'conviction reversed and dismissed by expungement'. When applying for a job in the private sector, you generally do not have to disclose a conviction if it was expunged. However, the conviction is still a 'prior' or 'strike' for purposes of repeat offense, and must be disclosed on applications for government and professional employment and licensing, bonding, security clearance, etc. The licensing agency and employer then can decide whether you are barred from licensing or employment because of the conviction.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    You could possibly check with your sheriff's department about the cost of a criminal history background check. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    There are a number of websites which you can do a background check. One is beenverified.com among many.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    Go on Otis.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    You can go through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to request a copy of your own record. It will require submitting fingerprints. Check the DOJ website for info.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Christopher Lee
    You can run a Live Scan report to determine your criminal background. There are many private companies that run Live Scan reports that will cost you a minimal fee. You can "google" Live Scan and search for companies in your area that offer these services.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    You can purchase a nh dmv record directly from dmv. The dmv website is very helpful and probably has a form to get your mv record. Sent from my U.S. Cellular BlackBerry smartphone
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Elmbrook Law Offices
    Elmbrook Law Offices | Gregory Straub
    The public can search the records via the Circuit Court Access site. You can google CCAP in Wisconsin and you will find a link to enter your name and search for any criminal or civil records filed against you. However, if the DUI was a first citation, it may not be present on the CCAP database because a first charged DUI is not a criminal offense, it is considered a traffic offense.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Shane Law Office
    Shane Law Office | Robert J. Shane
    You can go to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on a google search and check for any misdemeanor or felony level convictions.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    The Law Offices of Victor J Mazzaraco
    The Law Offices of Victor J Mazzaraco | Victor J Mazzaraco
    By now the file has been archived. Contact the court the case was heard in and tell them what you want. Usually - for a fee - they'll dig it up and mail it to you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Srai Law Office
    Srai Law Office | Gurjit Singh Srai, Esq.
    You need to get a live scan done. Contact your local police department and ask when they provide them. Generally, there are set days in which live scans are done.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Roberts
    Law Office of Andrew Roberts | Andrew Stephen Roberts
    The best way you can do that is to go to the DMV and get a copy of your driving record. It will show- unless the DMV dropped it off after such a long period. If you have not dealt with it for such a long period, you will have a warrant. You must get an attorney to clear this up for you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo | Matthew Murillo
    Go online to the FBI website and download appropriate forms to conduct an FBI background check.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    Go to the Probation Dept of the local Courthouse. They should be able to run your CORI for you.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 8/13/2011
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