Well, many of you have asked why you need a Federal Criminal Records Search if you are conducting a national criminal background check? I hear you. Great question. Let me try to clear the muddy water on criminal records and the U.S. court structure. The majority of crimes committed in the U.S are crimes against the state like domestic violence, DUI, murder, robbery, etc. For example, let’s say a guy in Nashville, TN decides to rob a convenience store and gets caught. The crime is against the State of Tennessee and the case is filed in the Davidson County Courts which will be the court of record. Roughly, 94% of crimes fall into this category.
Now, let’s say our little robber friend from Nashville decides he wants to bypass the convenience store and rob a bank. Hey, seems like the natural corporate ladder for robbers. However, he must have flunked robbery 101 because bank robbery is not a lucrative business these days with new technology and dye packs. But let’s assume he skipped this class.
So he grabs his ski mask and walks into the bank, hands a note to the customer service representative, she pushes a panic button and hands him a bag of cash and a dye pack. Robber makes it out the door, door is locked electronically, dye pack goes off and police grab him. Bad day at the office.
And to make things worse, he is handed over to the FBI because robbing a bank is a federal crime. So this is a crime against the federal government and the case is filed in U.S. District Court in Nashville and the federal courts become the court of record.
No biggie, unless you are the robber and you realize that in federal courts the sentencing guidelines are day for day. So a 10 year sentences means 10 years in jail. On the other hand, a trip to the state prison system for robbery would equal 3 years or less because the state awards 2 good days for each day served.
So what are the top 7 reasons you need the federal criminal records search:
- Records Not Found in County Criminal or National Criminal Databases. The federal courts are separate from county and state courts.
- Cyber Crimes. Online predators, internet fraud, identity theft, intellectual property theft, computer intrusions.
- Public Corruption. Government fraud, election fraud.
- Civil Rights Cases. Hate crimes, human trafficking.
- White Collar Crimes. Bankruptcy fraud, corporate/securities fraud, health care fraud, insurance fraud, money laundering, embezzlement.
- Violent Crime & Major Thefts. Bank robbery, cargo theft, crimes against children, gangs, Indian Country crime
- It is CHEAP. This search will not dent your budget.
This search has become more critical in recent years with the proliferation of cyber crimes, child internet solicitation and drug trafficking across state lines.
So what does that mean for me? Honestly, you need to add the federal criminal search to your background screening package. It has become a best practice.
Do you have any questions about the federal criminal search?