Texas criminal records are managed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. These records are coming from different branches of the government which includes the police department and traffic department. By checking out such records, one can feel safe and secure about the people they interact with.
Conducting a background check is usually the most common reason for accessing such records. Employers now would check out the criminal history of their employees and even possible applicants. Some would even check out the records of the people they interact with daily such as their neighbors, tutors, babysitters, gardeners, relatives and even friends. Doing this helps many to feel safe and comfortable when dealing with these people in their everyday lives.
A lot of information can be found in the criminal record of an individual. The basic information of the person can be found such as the name, address, age and birth date. More importantly, details about the crimes committed by the individual are also found such as the place, date and even the victims that were involved in the crime. One can also find details about all the crimes committed by the individual.
Not all can request for the criminal files of another person. Only authorized persons with court order can file a request to view the record of another. One can write a request letter addressed to the office of the Department of Public Safety in order to get a copy of the record. The fee for requesting a copy of the record depends on the office where you filed the request but it should be less than $20. The requesting individual will be required to provide their fingerprints in order o process the retrieval of the criminal history of a certain individual.
The record can be obtained directly from the office of the Department of Public Safety. It is also available at the office of the county clerk where the crime was committed. Other places to retrieve criminal records includes the state Police Department and the Bureau of Investigation.
Texas is the only state that has a Computerized Criminal History database where criminal records are archived for easy access and retrieval. Such database is linked to several government agencies, thus the records are up to date. One has to pay a fee when using the service in order to maintain the system. With this, the retrieval of the criminal record can be done even at home, thus saving a lot of time and energy. Unlike the traditional method, one has to wait for a while to get the results but with the use of the Internet, the information needed is displayed within minutes. Paid websites provides a more accurate result. The result of the search can even be used in court proceedings and investigations.