If you are looking to obtain a hard copy of your Indiana criminal records, it is important to understand that the process is not as easy as making a phone call or clicking a download button. In fact, you may have to try more than one source to get a full report. Continue reading to learn the top 3 options that will be most effective when requesting your past criminal records in Indiana.
Local, State, and Federal Records
As mentioned, there is no cumulative database for your criminal records. Depending on the counties and states you have offenses in, you may need to look in multiple places to get a full copy of your criminal records. If you have only one infraction on your record, obtaining a full report is simple so long as you know which level of government your record falls under. Local records, state records, and federal records are all different.
Felonies are generally reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). If your conviction was a federal offense, you will need to visit the official FBI website and request a criminal history summary by filling out an application information form. This service is not free and may cost up to $18 or more depending on current rates. You will need to send in a money order or certified check through the mail or pay via electronic payment.
State and Local Offenses
For all other criminal offenses, you will need to contact the state or local authorities where your crime took place. The avenue in which to do this varies from place to place, so start by calling the Department of Justice or state law enforcement department. From there, they can get you in touch with the proper resources for obtaining a copy of your criminal records. The process of obtaining your state and local criminal records vary as well. However, you can expect to be asked to present payment, identification, documentation, and more. It generally takes between 2 and 4 weeks to get results in the mail.
Do you have arrests on your criminal record that hold you back from a better life? Contact our Indianapolis Indiana criminal record expungement lawyers at 317-636-7514 to learn how to begin your petition, today. We serve clients all throughout the state, and never charge for initial consultations.
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