What Information Will Employers Check?
Criminal background checks typically show up criminal records, including misdemeanor and felony convictions, warrants, arrests, incarceration records, court records, and sex offenses.
Here are a few types of background checks that employers get done for different types of criminal information:
- County criminal search: Local criminal searches are focused on the jurisdiction within the boundaries of a particular county. They usually display a history of misdemeanors, felony, infractions, arrest records, warrants, dismissals, imprisonment, and probations. County criminal searches are usually the most effective type of search, but searching multiple counties looking where a subject has lived, worked, and gone to school is considered the gold standard.
- Statewide search: Statewide criminal searches tend to reveal any criminal activity, such as traffic violations, misdemeanors, and felonies occurring within a state. This includes all counties within that particular state. Not all states however have access to all criminal records in the state. It is important to know which states can provide information that is useful.
- Federal search: Federal criminal searches make use of data from United States courthouses, including district and appellate courts. There are 94 federal districts that are organized into 12 circuits each of which has a court of appeals. These background checks reveal all types of federal crimes, such as fraud, kidnapping, theft, and tax evasion among others.
- National criminal database search: This type of background check compiles data from all sources, including state sex offender registries and county and state repository databases for a broader look at a person’s criminal history.