Don't Make These 3 Mistakes During Your Georgia Criminal Records Search
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What to Look For:
- Falling for the “instant” hype
All you have to do is Google the term “Georgia criminal records search”, and you’ll be greeted by dozens and dozens of websites bragging that they can give you the information you need at the speed of a mouse click. As convenient as it may sound, taking this route will actually turn into a big inconvenience when all is said and done!
Because the people running those websites aren’t investigators. They’re data aggregators. They buy whatever public records they can get their hands on, upload them to their server, and build the back-end of their website in such a way that it can spit out instant information.
There are two major problems with this plan.
First, because you’re not dealing with licensed private investigators, it’s impossible for these websites to offer the same in-depth results. After all, having that license means that a private investigator can go far beyond public records. In fact, a licensed investigator can access information that’s normally just reserved for law enforcement. Think about how different the results of your Georgia criminal records search would be if you had access to all of this additional information!
Because those data aggregators aren’t licensed, they have to settle for other, less thorough records. And in many cases, their records haven’t been updated for years. Rely on them, and you could unknowingly allow a criminal into your business or your home!
The second problem has to do with reliability. When you’re dealing with an automated process, there’s always a chance that it can make a mistake. If there’s no human around to double-check your search results, how do you know they’re right?
A licensed private investigator will conduct your Georgia criminal search by hand — meaning you can rest easy knowing that it’s 100% reliable.
- Believing that you can actually get one of these searches done for free
Take a spin around most of the websites that say they can conduct a Georgia criminal court records search, and you’ll see that the vast majority of them promise to give you free searches. Unfortunately, that’s only partially true! Yes, it’s free to physically type someone’s name into the search box, but actually seeing the results is going to cost you. All of a sudden, that free search becomes very pricey!
If someone offers to run a Georgia criminal records search for you for free, ask to see the fine print. Odds are, there are some hefty fees hidden in there!
On the other hand, licensed private investigators don’t do business this way. Instead, you’ll pay a one-time fee upfront, your investigator will do the work, and you’ll get the results. It’s a much easier — and a much cheaper — way to get the information you need.
- Not knowing the exact kind of results you can expect
Remember, a licensed private investigator has access to things that you don’t. However, it’s still important to find out exactly what those things are before you begin. A thorough Georgia criminal search will include hand-searching records from:
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– The Georgia Bureau of investigation, including the names, charges, and court dispositions of more than 500,000 people who have been convicted of a felony in the Peach State.
– The Georgia Department of Corrections, including details about felony convictions and guilty pleas. These records also include information about prison sentences, community service sentences, suspended sentences, parole, and probation. Your investigator will be able to see where the person in question was arrested, when they were released from prison, and their current status.
– The Georgia Parole Board, which contains information about the people who are currently on parole.
– The Georgia Sex Offender Registry, including details about the crimes committed. These records also note when the offender was released from prison, given parole or probation, or was put on supervised release.
– Georgia court records, including Superior, Magistrate, and State Court records. Most of these records are updated monthly and contain arrest details, case numbers, statute code, and degree of offense.
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When you look at it this way, it’s easy to see why paying a licensed private investigator to go through all of this by hand is such a smart investment. Even if you had access to all of these things, you simply don’t have the expertise to search efficiently!
Turn your Georgia Criminal Records Search over to the pros at Docusearch!