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Written records are often the best form of evidence, and the best form of written records would be public records because public records are afforded great respect when it comes not only to the authenticity of the record itself, but also of the information recorded within the document. One of the types of public records are arrest records such as Jefferson County Arrest Records. These records are used for a number of different purposes, but the foremost of these purposes is for the person who has the record to use the same in order to find out information regarding the person whom the records refer to.
As the name implies, arrest records contain information regarding the criminal history of the person whom the records refer to. The term arrest record is actually synonymous with criminal records. Note also that arrest records contain not only information regarding the times that the person whom the records refer to had been arrested but also the cases involving the person and how those had been resolved. Arrest records also contain the prison records of the person whom the records refer to, if said person had been incarcerated in relation to the cases that are referenced in the records.
Taking into consideration the contents of the records, one could say that the best location to go to when searching for arrest records would be the district court. This is because the district court keeps these records not only as a part of their mandate as required by the law but also because the court require these records in order to understand the person whom the records refer to. After all, past criminal history is taken into consideration when a sentence is passed by the court, thus, the court has to have copies of past convictions and records close at hand, and because these documents are considered to be public documents, they should be available to the public at all times.
The procedure, however, is there because the court, as all offices where these records are kept, have to take into consideration that they must protect these records. Thus, a searcher would have to follow a prescribed set of procedure that begins with the searcher appearing at the actual location of the court, specifically, the records division of the same. A search for arrest records, or any records for that matter, would require the searcher to use a computer terminal through which the searcher could access the database of the court. Using this database, the searcher could locate the record by providing specific information regarding the record. Once the record had been located, the searcher should inform the records keeper of the control number of the record so that it could be produced and the searcher could request a copy at one dollar per page, payable to the cashier.
For those who have neither the time nor the incliniation to go to the actual physical location of the court, the best option would be to do the search online. While there are a number of databases affiliated with the government that provide this information, such databases often prescribe long procedures so it is advisable that the user should just use one of the many unaffiliated databases that proliferate the internet. These databases provide the same information as the government offices and agencies, but they do so in a faster and more efficient manner, with some not even charging anything for the use of their databases.
Jefferson County Jail Records
Provided below is the procedure to follow when requesting for arrest records at the district court
- Visit the District Court records division.
- Locate a terminal that no one is using and use the same to locate the records.
- The database would require you to supply some information, try to answer as accurately as possible as this would limit the search parameters.
- Once you are satisfied with the information that you had provided, click ‘search’.
- The database should return with the records and the control numbers of the same. The records would be those that meet the search criteria that you had provided.
- Locate the records that you are interested in using the database and copy the control number of the same.
- Head over to the desk of the records keeper and present the control number at the same time that you request that the records be made available to you.
- Request for a copy of the record. Pay the required fee before you can claim the record copies.
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