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Public Records Online

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by osugrad21, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Anyone have an idea how to acquire criminal records or court records online...preferably free?


    I have zero experience and don't want to waste money....

    The records/court transcript I'm looking for is in Ohio if it matters...
     
  2. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    Go to the county website for whatever county you think the guy or gal has a record in.


    From there find the clerk of courts. Go to that site and see if you can find a way to search. COunty sites will work for felonies, if you are looking for misdemeanors, you'll need to do essentially the same thing, but with the appropriate city/municipal court website (which may not exist)

    All this intel should be free.

    Although, you won't be able to get a transcript on line, I don't think. In Ohio, you can be charged "A reasonable fee" (about 5 cents) for copies.

    So, what I'm saying is, the info that a guy is guilty of a crime, is available and free, but pages upon pages of transcripts will need to be paid for, in all liklihood..

    Smaller counties may not be on line, I might add.
     
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  3. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    So that would work for a Federal case as well?

    OK I found the Southern District Court but it says I need to register for PACER...is that available to private citizens?
     
  4. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    PACER is pay, I'm not sure if private citizens can access it, but I don't see why not.
     
  5. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    federal criminal info is definately public information. AT OSU med school we used to look up the records of all the prisoner patients we took care of.
     
  6. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    You'd have to know where they are incarcerated for that. If you do, then you can get the skinny from several databases, as Tibs says.
     
  7. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Never incarcerated...he was a white collar criminal. Probation/house arrest
     
  8. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    This guy, he ever put anyone to sleep with fishes? :slappy:
     
  9. CrabMan

    CrabMan Newbie

  10. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    Grad, I deal with county websites all day every day. What exactly are you looking for? Maybe I can help. Another good tool to find county websites is CapitolImpact's Ohio page. click on the map feature and you can search for available sites that way... much easier than using search engines.
     
  11. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    I need a Federal case transcript from 1996 or 97. BkB gave me the CoC # to the Federal Courthouse in Cbus so I will probably need to use that option.

    Any other ideas though?
     
  12. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    I was talking more along the lines of helping you find the sites. I work with county auditors and engineers usually and have very little experience accessing courts sites but know how to get to some of them. What is a CoC#? Do you know what county this crime happened in?

    You can PM me if you want me to help you research this a little farther.
     
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  13. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Clerk of Courts

    I appreciate the offer but I think BkB has me covered. Thank you for the help though.
     
  14. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    Ya know if it wasn't so damn early I probably would've figured that out.... no I wouldn't, I'm retarded :smash:
     

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