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Sometimes the best way to know if something had happened is to look into the records of the event. There are two types of records in this regard, public records and private records, and of the two, the former is generally accepted to be more accurate because it is the government, a generally unaffected and uninterested party, which made them. One of the more important class of public record that the government makes is something called an arrest record such as Walker County Arrest Record, and while it is acknowledged that the records are made for the purpose of ascertaining if the proper procedures in an arrest were observed by the arresting officers, and the proper procedure was followed in all of the stages of the arrest, it also could not be denied that over the past few years, arrest records have become very popular with the public who are now demanding that copies of arrest records be made available for them. The reason for this is the fact that arrest records contain information that is very much of interest to the people who are asking for copies of the record.
This is because arrest record contains information regarding the criminal past of the person whom the records refer to, history that the person whom the records refer to would generally try to gloss over, if not outright hide, in order to prevent them from being seen in a bad light. It is important to note that not every person has an arrest record, for an arrest record referring to a person would only be made if that person had been arrested before. Note further that arrest records are public records which means that they are available to the public after following a minimal procedural requirement, and the contents of the records are generally accepted to be accurate, forcing the person who claims that the records are inaccurate to prove the same.
Arrest records are generally made by the sheriff and his deputies, thus, a person who wishes to gain a copy of arrest records would best be advised to begin his or her search at the sheriff office, specifically, the records division of the same. Fortunately, the search procedure is relatively simple, and it begins with the searcher personally appearing at the records division and presenting a member of the division with a written letter asking for a copy of the record. The written letter must contain the name of the person whom the records refer to, and any other information that the searcher may deem to be important enough to help limit the search parameters. Using the information within the letter, the member of the records division would attempt to locate the records matching the search criteria, and if there are records, the searcher could ask that copies be made for him. The copying fee stands at one dollar per page of the record.
Of course, it is possible for the searcher to locate arrest records online using online databases. Most of these databases are not affiliated with the government, but almost all of them do provide the same information as the government agencies, albeit these databases provide their information at a faster and more efficient manner. Finally, most of these websites also does not charge their users anything for the use of their information.
Walker County Jail Records
The information detailed below is the procedure to follow when requesting for arrest records
- Head over to the sheriff office records division
- Make sure that you have a written letter with you requesting for copies of records.
- Include in the written letter the name of the person whom the records you are requesting for refer to as well as other pertinent information that would limit the search criteria for the clerk.
- Using their own database, the clerk would attempt to locate records in their archives that would match the search criteria that you had given.
- If there are records, the clerk would produce the results page for you to look at. Locate the record that you are searching for from the results, or you could just request for all of them.
- Once the records had been brought to you, request that copies be made for you.
- You would be directed to the cashier where you would be asked to pay the required fee as indicated by the clerk from the records division at a request form that would be made by the clerk.
- Return to the records division and claim your copies by presenting your receipt as proof of payment.
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