Mendocino County, California Criminal Records
A background check is a way for individuals to use public records to find out detailed information about another person, mainly for employment screening. However, this is not the only purpose a background check can serve. A person may want to perform a background check on another person they have recently begun dating, to see what they can dig up. Or a person may want to check into the criminal records of a new neighbor, by checking his background through available records. Background checks can just about anything that paints a picture of the overall character of an individual, from financial records, traffic violations, to gaps in employment history. Certain government employees may need certain clearances for security purposes that civilians don’t require, hence the need for background checks for them. Some background checks would even involve contacting the friends and family of the applicant and seeing if they will vouch for their character and trustworthiness.
Court records are usually considered public records; therefore, they can be used in someone’s background check. The Mendocino County Superior Court has four branches; however, you will want to get in touch with the main courthouse in Ukiah, as they are the branch that handles criminal cases. The address is 100 North State Street, Ukiah, California 95482. The court’s contact telephone number is 707-964-3192, and the fax number is 707-961-2611. The clerk’s office is open from 8:30am – 4:00pm, from Monday to Friday. In addition, the Mendocino Superior court has a website setup with useful links, such as case index and administrative court records, at the following link: http://www.mendocino.courts.ca.gov.
In each county, the sheriff’s office will maintain public records that can also be used to find out criminal information about county individuals. In Mendocino County, the local sheriff’s office is located at the following address: 589 A Low Gap Road, Ukiah, California 95482. If you would like to call the sheriff’s office, the telephone number is 707-463-4411. The sheriff’s county webpage also has information about local sex offenders and the county’s most wanted located at the following link: http://www.mendocinosheriff.com.
The California Department of Corrections has information about past and present offenders, parolees and absconders. If you find it necessary to access this information while vetting someone’s background, you can use the offender search tool at the DOC’s webpage. Click this link to use the tool: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Reports_Research/Inmate_Locator.html.
If you wish to view your own personal background check to ensure that no facts or information is incorrect or outdated, you can do this online with the California Department of Justice. The California DOJ lays out instructions for this process at the following website: http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security.php. It must be noted however that this service will incur a fee of $25.00, payable with a major credit card.
To use the California DOJ’s automated, official, fingerprint-based background check on behalf of an employer, go to the following webpage: http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/. This results returned with this background check can be used for all official county business.
http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/, is the link to the Megan’s Law sex offender registry, should you need to search the database for the names of county individuals.