If you have been arrested in the past, it is worthwhile to request for your arrest record from your local police agency. Some individuals who were arrested in the past might find it difficult to get employment as arrest records, depending on where the person was arrested, maybe open to the public and can easily be access. Although records may be restricted in some states, some states do not do so and even if one is acquitted or charges were dropped, previous arrest may still reflect unless the case is expunged from the record.
Can It Impact Your Employment Suitability
Over the past few years, thousands of names are added to the government’s database. It is estimated that about 10,000 to 20,000 names are added every day and with the vast number of arrest done daily, it is hardly hard to figure out that some of these arrest submitted were not updated and still reflects on the arrested person’s record even if he or she is acquitted or charges were dropped. That said, with the advent of technology, employers and other organizations could easily do a background check on the person and affect the latter employment suitability.
In some states such as in Vermont, arrest records are open to the public and restrictions are only place when it is part of an ongoing investigation. Aside from Vermont, other states such as Ohio, Oklahoma and Arkansas also allows access to arrest records. This is not the case when it comes to the State of Texas where general arrest sheets are allowed however, for privacy reasons; arrest records as well as personal histories are exempted from disclosure.
What does it contain?
Arrest records are different from criminal records as the former indicates arrest done for specific activities but not necessarily means that the person is guilty or is already convicted. Criminal records on the other hand shows that the person is already convicted and been declared as guilty of the crime. The records may contain the following activities:
· Business related
· Theft or robbery
· Traffic related instances
· Drugs or alcohol related arrest
Request for Information
The Freedom of Information Act allows the public to request for arrest records or any public records from the government. Information indicated in the record might include other information than the arrest such as pending cases, criminal activity and conviction. That said some states might restrict access to those activities that results to a conviction.