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Before you start to find someone on the Internet, where is the best place to hunt? Want to know if they have accounts on adult dating sites like craigslist?, or banging strange men on Tinder? He or she could be an expert in their field, and could be active participants in discussion groups and mailing lists. What kind of contact information are you trying to find? When you begin to find people, you can often find contact information such as phone number, email address, and website address.
As a journalist, it can sometimes be difficult to track down contact information of people you need to find. Our Journalism Net pages provide excellent quality, up-to-date resources on how to find people, get in contact with them, and locate the resources you need to complete your journalism report.
The Internet has multiple tools that you can use to find people. Search for people through search engines, reunion sites, genealogy sites, mailing lists, and more. If the person in question is an expert in his or her field, it is possible that they are active participants in related discussion groups and forums. Knowing what, where and how to search will help you with finding the people you need to contact.
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Individual safety is a fundamental right of the citizens of this country. Companies are not allowed to put harmful chemicals in foods. Public schools ban guns. Pharmaceutical companies need to go through rigorous testing before putting their medicines on the market; these are all designed to ensure that you don’t have to constantly worry about your own safety, and can trust in the people and businesses around you.
Criminal records have become an important part of keeping you safe. These records are used in things like background checks for employers and lending agencies, as well as accessed through public records in order to ensure that an individual in your life is safe and trustworthy.
Criminal records are a type of public record, and public records have been a part of civilized culture for thousands of years. In the United States, the Freedom of Information Act, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966, was the first major legislation regarding release of government collected information. This was followed up by the Privacy Act of1974, which made it acceptable for individually identifiable information to be released provided it did not breach the privacy of the individual.
It is within these laws that the public gained greater access to things like criminal histories, in the form of publicly accessible criminal records. The Freedom of Information, however, was originally only applicable to the federal government, rather than at a state or city level. So from there, each individual state began to submit their own public records laws, which limit (or in some cases expand) the amount of information included in criminal records, including whether or not any of these records can be sealed or hidden for any reason. Most criminal histories are subjected to state law, rather than federal law, so what will or will not be released as public record is subjected to the current state law.
1996 was the first year that criminal records became available in electronic form. Since then, most state governments have placed all available criminal history information online.
Criminal records are compiled by every law enforcement agency on a local, state, and federal level. Any and all criminal histories are made accessible to public record, with the exception of most juvenile histories (youth that are not convicted of a crime as adults). There are special cases where a piece of information may be excluded from public record, but in general these criminal records will contain all information related to criminal histories.
Criminal records contain several different types of information. Most states include any and all information about past convictions (excluding juvenile criminal histories). Most states also include relevant information that isn’t protected under state privacy law, including the results of the criminal investigation, some trial information, etc. Transcripts of the trial are often made public as well.
Although most information regarding criminal records is released, there are still several types of information that are excluded or exempted from criminal records.
One example is information regarding ongoing investigations. State and local governments have decided that it is important to hide ongoing investigation records in order to allow law enforcement to do their jobs effectively. The concern is that possible suspects may hide or alter evidence if they find that it links them to the crime. Other information that may not be included in criminal records includes:
Criminal records contain a considerable amount of information on the criminal history of any given individual, but there are some pieces of data that may be excluded, either for the privacy of the criminal (especially when the crime is expunged or acquitted), when they may jeopardize the safety or success of an investigation, or when the individual is successful in getting his or her records sealed.
Note: Sometimes the criminal records of recent criminal cases may not be available online in states that are not prompt with releasing their public documents. The information from these states may be accessed through the public records holder in the local or state office.
Criminal records have a lot of value to individuals and businesses. Not only are they designed to help protect the safety of an individual, but they are often used as a barometer for trustworthiness:
Criminal histories may be used for many other purposes as well. News agencies may use them in reports on crimes or candidates for government office, and sometimes people may even use them to find out what happened to an old acquaintance or family member. Because they are a part of public record, there are no restrictions or limitations on the usage of these records, and many businesses and individuals find them to be an interesting and unique source of information.
In the past it used to be a little more difficult to access criminal records. You would need to find the local, state, or federal agency in charge of keeping track of these record and request them with various record forms.
These days it has become much easier. Finding these agencies has been made more convenient through the use of online people search programs. When the criminal records have been made publicly available, individuals interested in gaining access need to only perform a simple search and can find a considerable amount of information readily available. When the documents you need are not included in the online search, some sites offer faster methods of contacting the state and local governments in order to obtain them more quickly.
Criminal histories are considered a matter of public record, so in almost every state, every individual is allowed access to them for any reason. There are a few states that limit access to those with certain criminal histories, but in general a business or individual can get access to any government record they need, when they need it.
Both individuals and businesses have the right to keep themselves safe at all times. Criminal records are one of the ways that that right gets put into use – allowing those that need to learn about the criminal past of an individual to gain easy access. When you need to find out about the criminal history of an applicant, potential partner, or simply someone in your life you are curious about, these public records provide a safe, effective way to access that information.
Criminal files have always been a matter of public record, but the sheer work and time involved in researching the right records at the appropriate agency usually leaves one empty handed. However, that has all changed with the advent of electronic record keeping. Today, criminal records are as close as your home office, becoming almost immediately accessible with the help of the internet and the right search tools. This availability can help you gain access to information about potential babysitters, employees and even neighbors with a simple click of the mouse.
There are many criminal record databases available online today, but not all will provide complete or even accurate information. It is helpful to know the fundamentals about what criminal records include and how they are compiled to know whether the information you find is correct. Even with the occasional errors in the system, most people would prefer the easy, instant access of electronic records to the long, arduous process of obtaining information from government departments. This new method allows you to check any individual’s past with only a first and last name to lead the way.
Use these databases to find criminal records or to locate someone:
When beginning your criminal record search, it’s difficult to know where to start. Using our people search tools below, you can search through free crime and criminal databases, as well as free tips and advice on finding and obtaining US criminal records.
Search for US criminal records using some of the top criminal record websites available. Many of these crime database websites are free, while others incur a small cost. Regardless, all of the crime websites listed below are excellent resources that can help you with your criminal record search.
Search by state or nationwide for sex offenders in your area. Sex offender registries are available on a national and state level, and prison and fugitive databases provide information on US wanted lists and incarcerated offenders. US criminal statistics also act as a valuable resource when searching for criminal records.
3 ways to search/Trois façons pour faire la recherche:
L’avantage – c’est gratuit.
Le désavantage — on peut chercher seulement par date et non par nom ou mot clef.
Ou par tribunal:
Two ways of searching:
1. Search via Canlii/IICJ
2. Or go directly to each court website:
See also main Ontario court page: (for other informnation)
1) On the first screen, click on court registry.
2) On the second screen, on the left hand side, click on Name Search (assuming you don’t know file numbers and are searching to see if the company or person you are researching has any lawsuits on-going).
Also, this page will tell you what court records are available.
3) On third screen, enter company name or person’s last name in the Surname/company space. In Given name slot, use the person’s full name but I would suggest you also search using the person’s first name initial only. Sometimes names are spelled wrong, or off by a few letters. Also, if nothing comes up, try different spellings of the last name (humans enter the names, so mistakes happen)..
Also, some codes you’ll see on the pages:
QB – Queen’s Bench
CR – criminal
CI – civil
SC – Small claim
FD – family division
File numbers will look like this: CI-00-01-18547
The CI – means civil lawsuit, 00 – means the year ie. 2000, the 01 and the 18547 are locators for the file clerks.
4) Under the search results page: you will get a list of results, the file numbers are on the left hand side. And they should appear in highlighted green. Click on the file number. Unfortunately, the file contents (reasons for the lawsuit) are not on-line, but at least it will tell you who is suing who. And it will most often tell you who the lawyers are (and if they’re highlighted green) then you can click on it, and get the phone number and address of the lawyer. DE- means defendant, PL – plaintiff.
– For full file details, the lawyers will often provide that for you, or you have to go to the court house with the file number and ask to see it on the main level of the York Avenue court in Winnipeg. They are all public info.. You can read them, photocopy them, but you can’t leave the building with them.
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