The Connecticut State Police and Judicial Branch are responsible for maintaining the criminal record information for the state.
What Are Criminal Records?
Criminal records contain information about your past criminal history. The records themselves may contain a photograph, your last-known address, the charges or arrest history you had as well as other identifying and personal information.
Your criminal records may include:
- Past arrest information
- Dismissed charges
- Current and pending charges
- Acquitted charges
It is typical to find both misdemeanor records and felony records on state criminal record searches.
How Are Criminal Records Used?
Criminal records may be used in many ways. For example, if you want to start working as a teacher, you may have a criminal background check performed on you to make sure that it’s safe for you to work with students.
Criminal records may be used by:
- Potential employers
- International travel and approval of a passport
- For fostering or adopting
- For charging and sentencing for further offenses
In the United States, most criminal records are public records. However, Connecticut is unique in that the state does not offer simple access to these records to the public. Instead, these records are usually accessed only for employment, legal matters and so on.
How Can Someone Access Your Criminal Records?
Connecticut offers public records online through CT.gov. The state does not allow criminal record information to be accessed by the general public, though it may be accessed for the purposes of employment and in some other cases.
The state of Connecticut has a few options for people looking to access records online, but it does not offer criminal record information to the general public. Depending on who is requesting the information, the Connecticut Judicial Branch has a case look-up option as well as searches for pending criminal cases and past criminal convictions.
Connecticut’s Department of Public Safety runs the sex offender registry for the state, which can be searched here. There is also a national sex offender website that contains more information about past offenders if they do not appear in the state search.
The Connecticut sex offender registry is updated regularly. It’s important to note that some of the information may actually be updated by the offender, and so it might not be verified with local law enforcement.
How Can You Request a Criminal Record?
If you want to request your criminal record or the records of someone else you’re in contact with, you can do so by going to the case look-up page offered by the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch. To get information on those who are incarcerated right now, you should visit http://www.ctinmateinfo.state.ct.us/www.portal.ct.gov/doc. Please note that the Division of Criminal Justice doesn’t provide criminal record information to the public, so you will need to have permission to gain access to records other than your own.
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