How can I find the public records for someone?

I want to look for someone's arrest records. I found out that they HAVE arrest records but this site wants me to pay to view them. Isn't there any free website that will allow me to view someone's records?


I live in North Carolina and I googled "NC Courts" but I have no clue where to go next on the site.

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Depends on what state you live in. For an example, in Wisconsin we have Wisconsin Circuit Court Access, it is a free site to look up someone's court issues or criminal cases. Try typing in the state you are in. Good luck..

  • 6 years ago

    I've been doing background checks and records searches online for years, as it is part of my business. I am a former detective, and currently a professional private investigator by trade. What I can tell you is this: You cannot obtain these records for free. You simply cannot. For every service provided online, there is typically either a one time cost, or a fee you pay every single month. Some services are better than others.

    Some more expensive, some less. In my line of work, I am signed up for a service where I am billed monthly. However, if you are just the average person needing information on a particular person or property, I would suggest ... For a one time fee, they are by far the best, cheapest, and most thorough service available. If you are strictly in business like myself, and don't mind being billed automatically every single month, I would recommend E-Verify or Inteligator.

    Source(s): Private Investigator
  • 1 decade ago

    No lawyer, but try this. Go to the place the paperwork was generated and ask to see them...You might have a reason to have that information (like you're going to be roommates or in business with) Use your youthful charm with a caring officer, be polite since they are public records. Good luck

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    I used that website .. the one referenced by that detective guy. I found exactly what I was looking for. So much for Mr Right, or rather Mr Convicted Felon with 2 Liens against him totaling over 30,000$ and an ex-wife I never knew about!! Thank God I found out the truth before it was too late. We were almost engaged!!

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