Employers often hire workers by simply examing information from their resume. However, if money handling is one of the job requirements, an employer needs to do some background checks on these people prior to hiring them. This is why access to criminal records is important in any part of a community. In Wisconsin, criminal records of past and recent offenders can be found online. While most information is free, some (according to the link) do charge a small amount to obtain certain records.
Visit the Wisconsin Court Records website at www.wcca.wicourt.gov/index.xsl and take a gander at the home page. The website can be easily accessed and its contents are updated daily. In additon, besides a small downtime per day, you can access all the information any time of the day. Upon browsing the site, you will come across a user agreement portion on the home page. If you want to proceed, you need to read the entire agreement and click "I agree".
After you have accepted the user agreement, you will then have to enter the information you need to search for. You can perform a "simple case search", in which certain details about the person you are doing a background check on will be needed. In the search tabs, you will have to fill out the last, middle and first name of the person. Then, include the birth date in numerical form on the information slot. Finally, enter the business name (if it applies). If you do not know any of the following besides the first and last name, you can always leave it blank. Providing the additional information just makes the search more efficient.
If you are doing a check on a specific county, make sure that you limit the search to what you are looking for. Otherwise, leave it as "state wide" if the entire state of Wisconsin is to be searched. After you have finished with all the details, click "search". Once the results are analyzed, you will be able to view all the matches that come up with your query. The results will be shown in rows, if there is more than one match. There will be a blue link under the case number and you will be directed to a page where you can view the court records and case.
Before you begin navigating, do make sure that you carefully analyze the homepage and its contents. For instance, it explicitly states that discrimination against employees with previous records is prohibited in the state of Wisconsin. Other than that, there are also other details that pertain to policies and court terms that you may need to know about before proceeding with your search.
If you would like to review Wisconsin background checks and criminal records, you can do so via the following steps:
From the Wisconsin Department of Justice website, download the Wisconsin Background Check Request Form.
Complete all of the boxes on the request form and enclose $18 certified check or money order with your request and mail it in.
Alternatively, if you wish to solely use their online search tools, visit the Wisconsin Department of Justice and either enter in the name you wish to search or your 16-digit results number. The next screen will prompt you for payment.
Additional information and assistance can be obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, whose contact details are outlined below:
Wisconsin Department of Justice
PO Box 2688
Madison, WI 53701
Access to Wisconsin arrest records is one of the services provided by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. If you need to access Wisconsin arrest records, you can do so online.
In order to search for records online, you must:
Visit the Wisconsin Department of Corrections website and go to the Special Reports page for a Wisconsin Inmate Search. Click on the Search Location link next to Inmates.
You will be transferred to the VINELink page. Click on the state of Wisconsin, and then select Wisconsin Department of Corrections – Offender Locator from the options. Click on the Search and Register tab.
You will then be prompted to enter your search criteria to find the record that you need.
If you need help finding the Wisconsin arrest record that you need or have further questions, you can contact the Wisconsin Department of Corrections using the following information:
Wisconsin Department of Corrections
3099 East Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7925
Madison, WI 53707-7925
How to Locate Wisconsin Criminal Records
The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Crime Information Bureau maintains the state's central repository for criminal records. They operate an online database to easily fulfill name-based criminal record searches, but you can also fill out a request form and mail in your request. Internet requests cost $13, payable by credit card, and mailed requests cost $18, payable by certified check or money order.
Legalities Pertaining to Accessing Wisconsin Criminal Records
Wisconsin is an open records state, meaning anyone may access public criminal records, which is usually comprised of arrests and conviction records. Authorized entities and law enforcement agencies are allowed to view entire criminal histories.
Accessing Online Criminal Records
The Wisconsin online database allows the general public to search public Wisconsin criminal records and pay by credit card without setting up an account. Once you enter your payment information and enter the name you wish to search, you'll receive a 16-digit result number that you'll need to enter in to retrieve the search results.