What is a Public Arrest Record, and where can I find them?

What Is A Public Arrest Record, And Where Can I Find Them? - Bama Blog

What is a public arrest record?

Arrest records are documents, created by the government whenever an individual is arrested for the first time. It will contain details on the arrest, such as the time and location, as well as the reason for it, and any identification details necessary to identify the person arrested. 

Whenever that person is arrested again, the new arrest is simply attached to the previously created record, and every additional arrest is present there as well. Everyone can only have a maximum of one arrest record, and many people go their entire lives without needing one to be created.

Now, the “public” part of “public arrest record” is simply a reference to the type of record it is. Public records are documents that any US citizen is legally able to access. They include everything from your driving history to your mugshots and incarceration record. Arrest records are almost always public unless the government explicitly rules an arrest not to be.

Where can I find an arrest record?

Arrest records can be found in multiple places. Sheriff’s departments, courthouses, law firms. However, if you’re looking to access an arrest record quickly, easily, and without having to leave your home, the best way to do so is with an online public records database.

What is an online public records database?

An online public records database is simply a collection of public records released by the US, organized in a friendly and intuitive manner. Services like SpyFly allow you to access billions of documents, even from your cell phone.

All you need to search for an arrest record is the person’s name, and you can begin searching immediately. If their name is rather commonplace, SpyFly also attaches their mugshot when browsing, allowing you to search by face as well as name. This makes searching for an arrest record incredibly easy and intuitive.

Importantly, SpyFly is completely confidential. Your identity remains anonymous while you browse the site, and no notification is made towards the person you’re searching for.

SpyFly provides consumers affordable, immediate access to public record information. Federal laws prohibit businesses from using SpyFly’s service to make decisions about employment, insurance, consumer credit, tenant screening, or for any other purpose subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq.