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What Can You Learn From Background Checks

When most people think about a background check, they always relate it to a simple criminal history check. However, a background check can be much more than that. It is a process with which you can find out everything about a person by looking at various education, employed and criminal records. You are also able to check out civil records, references, and a lot more other records. Each type of information is an important piece of the puzzle. By doing such a check you can ensure that all of your friends are not keeping any secrets from you and whether they are in a good economic situation. Another thing you can use these checks is to make sure whether any of your new acquaintances are safe to be around or safe to invite to your home if they do not have any serious criminal charges on their records.

Here are some of the things you can learn from these checks.

Can you see arrest on background checks?

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This is not a simple straight-forward answer since it heavily depends on the laws of the states. There are some states that have laws that prohibit asking about arrest records. This is because arrests are not proof of guilt, which means they can be unfair and often unreliable. Most background check websites exclude arrest history from their reports to protect customers.

Do dismissed cases show up on background checks?

Yes, dismissed cases can show up when you do a background check on a certain person. A criminal charge stays on record even if the charges were dismissed at the end, or if the case is closed as a not guilty verdict. However, there are numerous ways you can find out whether the charge was real or it was simply a wrongly placed arrest.

According to, you can easily access dismissed cases when searching on an online background check website.

Do seal or expunged records show up on background checks?

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If a person has managed to have their criminal records expunged or sealed, those types of convictions will never show or appear on any background check you find. The term expunged record means that the information has been completely deleted. This means there really isn’t a way to find out if they have ever been charged unless you ask the person yourself.

Do traffic tickets and DUI’s show up on checks?

In a lot of cases, to find out about a person’s driving history you will probably need to do a motor vehicle records check. Simple traffic tickets such as civil citations, wrongful parking, etc will not show up on criminal history checks as they are not felonies or misdemeanors. However, there are several other driving offenses that can be considered as a felony or as a misdemeanor. Reckless driving and DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol) may be counted as a misdemeanor or a felony. These types of convictions will almost always show up on a background check report.

Verification check

If you want to verify the information about a certain person, you will need to verification check. There are several different types of verification you can do, such as employment history, education, reference checks, certification and more.

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