How to Find Out if Someone Was Arrested

Sometimes, you need to know about another person’s criminal record. Whether they’re seeking out employment, housing, or other services or relationships to you, you may need to know whether they’ve been charged or convicted of a crime. 

You’ll need to know how to find out if someone was arrested, but it can be a little confusing without help. Fortunately, your lawyer at Chicago Trusted Attorneys can help guide you through the process. If you’re struggling to find the information you need, reach out for help from your attorney.

Laws Affecting Public Criminal Records

First, Illinois requires that criminal records should be made public for others to access. Even if they weren’t convicted for the crime, their arrest is on record, and it will be included there. These records are collected by the police, and you should be able to access them. 

However, keep in mind that employers can’t seek out this information right away. Illinois’ Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act states that employers cannot ask whether a potential employee has a criminal record right away. Instead, they must first give that person a chance to show whether they’re a good candidate for the position, rather than dismissing them.

Seeking Information on Arrests

When you’re able to seek out someone’s arrest records, you may perform a background check on them. Performing a background check and finding whether they were arrested can often be done completely online or in person. 

If you want to complete a background check online, ask your lawyer to help you find Illinois’ record search options. Once there, you’ll be able to search the person and find whether they have a criminal record in the system. 

You can also contact your county clerk for help. You’ll simply go to your county’s courthouse and request the records for the person in question. They can also search by case number, if that information is available to you. If you’re not sure who to contact, however, it’s best to contact a lawyer about your record search. 

Contact a Lawyer for Arrest Record Help

Fortunately, the lawyers at Chicago Trusted Attorneys do know. If you’re not sure how to find the records you’re looking for, get help from an attorney finding the information you need. If you’re ready to get the help you need accessing these records, contact us by calling 312-519-3171 or by completing the online form below.