If you are looking to hire help around the house or a new employee for your business you may be interested in doing a criminal background check to make sure you aren’t setting yourself up for a troublesome situation. While there are some formal methods for going about this there are also a lot of ways that you can check out a person without going through a consumer reporting agency. Here we’ll look at some different ways you can get the scoop on someone before you hire them or let them into your private life. Sure, it’s snooping, but sometimes it’s not always such a bad thing if you do it for the safety of yourself and your family.
If you are doing this for a large business there are a number of different and more formal options available. As a regular citizen you are a bit limited in your abilities but it’s still very possible to get a good idea of who a person is. Often one of the best places to start is online with a search for your state government’s website. Some states may have online searches available while others require you to fill out and mail in a form. While this method may usually cost money it could be invaluable to know the truth. Start out by finding your state website and looking for links for a background check.
Most criminal records are available to be searched by regular citizens on a county, state, and federal level. The federal court system will usually have records online that can be found by searching for public access to federal court files or case management / files. Many county courts on the other hand will require that you go in person to search the physical records yourself though some places have modernized and hold these records online as well.
There are a lot of different companies that will do all the work for you and find out what you want to know about somebody for a fee. These services can be relatively quick and effective but they can also be a little bit sketchy as well. It’s a good idea to check out some forums and hear what people have to say about the company you are interested in using. These services are usually limited to publicly available records anyways but they can get you the important information like criminal history.
One way that you can get a pretty good idea about someone is to check various social media websites for their profiles and see for yourself what they may be like. This isn’t always representative of the person of interest and it won’t have the all of the information you want but you can still get a general idea that may be helpful in deciding if somebody is trustworthy or not. Don’t be too quick to judge though for people are fairly notorious for posting stupid stuff to various social media.