How to Check and Search Criminal Records in Rhode Island?
The Rhode Island Judiciary is the custodian of all judicial records, including civil and criminal records. Public access to the said criminal records is governed by the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) of Rhode Island R.I. Gen.
Laws § 38-2-1and public bodies that violate provisions of this act and hinder public access to prescribed Government records are investigated by the Open Government Unit under the Criminal Division of the Attorney General of Rhode Island.
Presently, online public access to criminal records is available through the Rhode Island judiciary portal which is operated, maintained and updated by the Rhode Island Judiciary. All other online portals providing the same information source the said information from the said Judiciary portal and create unique information dashboards or multi-state aggregations of criminal records.
It is always helpful that citizens can institute their own background checks on would-be vendors, clients, tenants, workers, applicants, service providers, visitors, caretakers, guardians and so forth.
For this very purpose, verifying criminal records are a critical part of any background check. All one has to do is to access and utilize the available information as per the guidelines stipulated in APRA.
With the digitization of records and seamless access, citizens have been empowered to access the criminal records from the aforesaid judiciary portal in an easy manner.
Although the said portal gives the latest information and amendments in a criminal record, it only contains records for the State of Rhode Island and specific courts or special instances where the jurisdiction of the Rhode Island judiciary is prescribed beyond the State boundaries.
How to Access Criminal Records?
One can simply search for the Rhode Island Judiciary Portal Criminal Records on any browser or search engine like Google, Bing etc and click on the link ending in .gov to visit it.
The landing page of the portal is easy to understand wherein it requests the user to input the Record number or Name of the person whose background check is sought in Last, First, Middle and Suffix format.
If the user does not have these inputs, then he/she may opt for the advanced filters and search for warrants, parties, case files, or customized general and smart search options where he/she may input the available personal details of the person being checked.
The user has unhinged access to all criminal records, including misdemeanors and felonies, unless he said criminal records are classified or redacted from public domain due to specific provisions that protect the fundamental right to privacy or it is in the interest of public safety during any ongoing law enforcement activity.
Offline Rhode Island Criminal Records Search
One has to visit a Rhode Island Court and seek the authorized personnel who disclose the criminal records i.e. the Courts Record Clerk or Public Relations Officer. It is pertinent to note that in both online and offline access, a record of the individual accessing the records is also maintained along with the specifications of his/her request for the records. In certain cases, even the purpose for accessing the records is notified within the record.
These records are maintained to ensure accountability of the accessing person, in case the criminal records accessed are misused to damage an individuals livelihood, rehabilitation or infringe on any constitutional rights of the person or perhaps even commit felonies of blackmail, coercion or extortion.
Misuse of this information is governed by the relevant civil and criminal provisions and precautions for use of this information are given in the guidelines of APRA. Still, it is safe to say that it is best to use the accessed information without any unnecessary disclosure beyond the purpose for which it is sought.
Rhode Island Online Criminal Records Search
Public records are now stored online, so you can access them to find Rhode Island criminal records at any time. For the most efficient and accurate search, you need to use a directory that has full access to public records in Rhode Island and other states. In most cases, public records search directories provide four kinds of search services, and you can choose the best one for you.
When you choose the directory that best suits you, you will be able to perform a quick and easy online Rhode Island criminal records search. For the search to complete, you need to provide information about the person that you are looking for, like a full name, email address, phone number, or physical address. Once the directory has the necessary data, it will collect public records information and compile a report with the full criminal history about the person in question.