Do you have a new person in your life that you are unsure about? Often we get gut feelings about people that tell us they are not all that they seem. We can dismiss this as silly, or paranoia, but often it turns out to be something more substantial. We are generally very good at picking up on dishonesty, whether that is through verbal or non-verbal communication. Your friends and family might think that you are too careful if you pay attention to these signs – but in fact, it is a very smart thing to do. So, if you are unsure about someone in your life, what can you do about it? You could just choose to cut them out of your life straight away, but a better thing to do is to carry out a check into their background in order to get some more information.
One of the most important things that you will want to find out is whether this person has a criminal record. Of course, this is not the be all and end all of information about a person, but it will certainly help you to get a better idea of what the person has done in their past. A person’s criminal record will list any crimes that they have been convicted of by a court of law. This means any crime – from something as simple as jay walking, to something as serious as murder. Along with the crime, the record will list the sentence handed down, so you will be able to see if they spent any time in jail. When you search for a criminal record for someone, there may not be one in existence. This does not mean that they have never had trouble with the law, as there are certain things that will not be listed on a criminal record. For example, if someone has been the suspect of a crime but was never charged for it, that will not be on their record. If they went to court over a matter and won, that will also not be there. Someone might even have committed a crime but never been caught for it – that will obviously not be there either. So a lack of criminal records does not mean that they are necessarily a good, honest person.
Even though a criminal record is not the only thing to look at when you are checking out someone’s background, it is certainly one of the most helpful. So, where do you get one from? There are many services, both online and off, that offer to collect criminal records for you. Not all of these are legitimate, so you will need to be informed so that you will know what is what. The most confusing type of service is the one that offers free background checks. Many people would of course rather get a hold of the information that they are after for free, rather than paying a fee for it. However, you need to be very careful if this is the sort of service you choose to go after. Do your research – what sites are legitimate and what are not. Free services tend to have many more problems with them than paid services. Some are clearly bogus and you will get nothing back at all. Others can yield false information, which is just as bad. So make sure that you have a free service that is definitely above board.
If you are worried about the information that free background checks will give you, the other option is to order a criminal report through a paid service. A paid service is generally more professional. You will pay them a small fee and give them the details of the person whose criminal record you want to see. After that you do not have to lift a finger – it is all done for you. The service will go away and search the records for you. There is a strict set of guidelines that someone has to follow when they are looking at criminal records, in order to protect other people’s privacy, and a professional service will know exactly what they can and can not do. They will check everywhere that they need to in order to turn up a criminal record. It might be that there is not one in existence, or they might find something to bring back to you. Then it is just a matter of you reading the record and making up your own mind about the person who has committed the crimes. Remember, that a criminal record does not define a person’s life, so take what you find with a grain of salt.