Articles Tagged with Criminal records

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Oregon State Police, Public Records Unit, Criminal History Record Checks

Warning: Be careful if you use a search engine to locate the Oregon criminal record check site, rather than drilling down from the most recent OSP homepage. Old versions of the page and instructions are still showing up in Google and other web browser searches.  Make sure you are looking at the most recent instructions. As of today, instructions were dated February 2015.

Disclaimer: It is against state law for library staff members to engage in any conduct that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law (ORS 9.160, 9.166 and 9.21). They may not interpret statutes, cases or regulations, perform legal research, recommend or assist in the preparation of forms, or advise patrons regarding their legal rights. They may, however, assist patrons in locating materials or links that would aid in individual research.

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The Oregon Law Center is a legal aid based program that provides free services to low-income people throughout the state. Project SCRUB provides low-income Washington County residents with legal and financial assistance to expunge their criminal records, helping to remove the barriers that can prevent them from finding jobs and housing. The volunteer pro bono attorney will assist with filling out legal documents and advising clients on the expungement process.

Contact the: Oregon Law Center, (503) 640-4115

(Note: This project has grant funding through June 2014, which may or not be renewed.)

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I missed PI Buzz while it was on hiatus and am glad to see Tamara is back in the blogging saddle, but maybe not on a punishing schedule that keeps her from blogging. Her posts are useful and educational and even if she posted just once a month many of us would be grateful.

PI Buzz

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Do you want to do a “background check” on an employer (individual or corporation), a future or current partner, an employee, a “friend,” or a colleague?
FIRST and FOREMOST: Keep your expectations realistic.  If you expect to find all the data you are seeking in one place, one database, one website, or one-anything, you are gravely mistaken.
We just got a copy of “Wanted! U.S. Cirminal Records: Sources & Research Methodology,” by Ron Arons.  (There are other books on researching public records, too.  They will cure you of any illusion that searching public (and private) records is for the faint-hearted.)
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This question comes to librarians usually in this form:

I am looking for Criminal Records for someone I want to hire, want to rent to, want to date, etc. Can I search for that information online – and for free?

The answer:

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Would a records check on you erroneously show a criminal conviction? If it did, what steps would you take to clear your record?

For example, what would you do if in the course of applying for a mortgage or a job or looking for an apartment, the bank, employer or apartment manager told you, “forget about it” because a background or credit check came up with a criminal conviction on your record. So you didn’t know you even had a “record” did you? Well think again. This type of identity theft (or besmirching) is happening, again and again.

Trying to fix this type of criminal record error makes clearing your financial record after a financial identity theft look like a walk in the park (ok, a really big park, with a lot of really steep hills). This is partly because the reason for the error can be located anywhere from the criminal impersonator (if there is one) to errors by a law enforcement agency, by the database vendor, or by whomever is contracting for the information. (There are probably others in this chain.)