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    Default What is the Best Way to Research Criminal Records

    My question involves criminal records for the state of: Maryland and other states

    My boss has assigned me a task to verify the criminal records of hundreds of people from different states.
    Anybody knows which is the best way to do this? Where can I find the most accurate information? Is it free or not?

    Thank you very much!

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    Default Re: The Best Way to Verify Criminal Records

    The best way to find someone's criminal record is to have there social security number and head down to the county court house.

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    Default Re: The Best Way to Verify Criminal Records

    Actually, no offense, that sounds like a pretty terrible way to research criminal records. Courts don't maintain criminal records, and court records aren't organized by SSN.

    The best way to look for records is either to outsource the look-up to a firm that specializes in employee background checks, or subscribing to a commercial database that contains a comprehensive compilation of criminal records. Either way costs money. You can obtain records from state governments, for a fee, but you may miss out-of-state convictions.

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    Default Re: The Best Way to Verify Criminal Records

    KIA,

    With just a name, doesn't the person looking for a record take the chance of looking at the wrong person? And wouldn't a SSN solve that problem?

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