Criminal conviction records results can often be a little grey. There is a great deal of ambiguity that comes with criminal conviction records. There are just under 3200 county courts in the U.S. as well as a myriad of federal, state, and municipal courts. Knowing where to look for the most up to date information while at the same time maintaining a reliable turnaround time is one of the most important factors of your background screening program.
What you need is direct access to those who are gathering this information. That's why Risk Assessment Group's team of criminal researchers will walk your users through unclear results. We'll stay on the phone as long as it takes.
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FINDING THE PROPER CRIMINAL RECORD SEARCH
County level background searches are the backbone of any Criminal Background search. Risk Assessment Group recommends County level searches for the most accurate results.
There are just under 3200 county courts in the U.S and each one of them reports a little differently than the next. Not surprisingly, not many of our county courts have sophisticated reporting systems which means that we physically enter these courts on your behalf.
The county level criminal background search consists of an on-site manual search of criminal court records in any county in the United States. These records will indicate if an applicant has any felony or misdemeanor convictions or filings within the last seven to 10 years. We will report all misdemeanor and felony cases according to your request.
State & National
State Criminal Records Repository Database*
The statewide criminal record search will reveal records that have been reported to the state repository and include each county in the entire state (where available).
The National search consists of a database containing more than 75 million criminal records. Information provided is limited to the reporting frequencies and consistencies from City, County, State and Federal Courts.
*Risk Assessment Group cannot guarantee the validity or accuracy of the information returned from the State and National Record searches. The information found may or may not constitute a complete record for the applicant searched.
Risk Assessment Group strongly supports and recommends a County Level background search as the best possible source of a Criminal Record search.
National Sex Offender Registry
There are more than 500,000 registered sex offenders in the United States. The rate of sexual repeat offences is five times higher than that of other crimes. Risk Assessment Group encourages all companies to conduct this registry search to help reduce their risk of workplace violence and potential negligent hiring.
The federal criminal database search includes searching for records in all 94 district level trial courts. The information includes convictions for crimes committed directly against the federal government.
U.S. District Courts are trial courts for matters involving federal law.
Consolidated Global Watch List
This list is compiled by the United States government. This search compares names to thousands of U.S. lists to include but not limited to:
- Terrorist Watch List
- Denied Entry
- FBI Most Wanted
- Health and Human Services
FACIS Level I, II, III
A Level III FACIS background check is the gold standard for exclusion screening, verification, and monitoring. This search includes the entire FACIS database with over 5,000 data sources including historical and state data, millions of individual records, and continuous updates.
FACIS Level III is a must for employers in the Health Care industry.
City / Municipal
City /Municipal searches consist of an on-site manual search of criminal court records in any city in the United States. These records will indicate if an applicant has misdemeanor charges or filings within the last seven to 10 years. We will report all misdemeanor cases according to your request.
The city criminal record search typically is used for Business to Business research rather than employment screening because of the expense and time. Additionally, severe misdemeanor and felony charges are elevated to the County, which is why Risk Assessment Group recommends County level searches for most employment needs.