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California Criminal Records Broken Down:
All the information listed below are detailed descriptions of the types of records accessible on this site. Open Public Records has broken down each type of conviction to help get a better understanding of what you are searching for. This includes general information on common convictions, specific information relating to the state sought, as well as links to government official sites for further information to ensure the most accurate data is provided.

California Arrest Records and Police Records:
An arrest record is a record of the suspicion of a person with or without a conviction. Police arrest records are a list of all arrest circumstances of anyone suspected of doing something against the law. California arrest records include: suspects full name, date of birth, sex, occupation, physical characteristics, date and time of arrest, bail amount, booking information, facts surrounding the case, time and location of release, all charges being suspected of including parole or probation violations and outstanding warrants. For more information on criminal records in California go to the State of California Department of Justice website by clicking the link below:

California Arrest Warrants:
An arrest warrant is an official document given by an authority, from a specific state, which empowers police officials to show legal documentation in order to arrest an individual. In California, there are three kinds of warrants: an arrest warrant, a bench warrant, and the search warrant. An arrest warrant is issued in result of an investigation which gathers evidence leading to probable cause, which suspects a person has committed a crime. All summons are a legal document which orders police to arrest and detain you. In California, a bench warrant is more common than an arrest warrant, typically issued when a person misses a court hearing or fails to pay a fine.

California Difference Between Misdemeanors and Felonies:
A misdemeanor is a minor offense, considered less severe than a felony. Like a felony, a misdemeanor charge is placed into a number based, legal system which then gets filed under a person's record, describing the severity of the alleged crime. This type of crime is usually punished by a fine and sometimes a small jail sentence. A felony will often stay on a criminal record, permanently, and can even be the result of a loss of civil rights. In California, misdemeanors fall into two categories: "standard" which typically results in a punishment of up to half a year in jail and sometimes a fine that can be as high as $1000, and "gross" or "aggravated" which typically has a consequence of up to 364 days in jail with a higher fine of $1000 or more. In the state of California, some misdemeanors can be elevated to a felony, these crimes are known as "wobblers." A felony is considered the most severe offense with crimes including but not limited to: homicide, attempted murder, escaping from prison, arson, rape and criminal damage to property.

California Sex Offender Registry:
Persons who were convicted of committing crimes involving sex, including rape, molestation, sodomy, sexual harassment and pornography production or distribution, are placed in a registry as a sex offender. Persons on the registered sex offenders list are required by law to alert the neighborhood authorities of their current address of where they reside, in order for the information to be public knowledge. However, in California, there will be a new law enforced in 2021, that allows sex offenders to be removed from registry 10 to 20 years after released from prison. For current information about California Megan's Law, click the link below:

California Serious Traffic Offenses:
These traffic violations can involve reckless driving behavior, willful disregard for public safety, driving while intoxicated or under the influence of substances, driving without a valid drivers license, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, driving without insurance, and a hit and run. Many of the violations involve the driver to be taken into custody and required to post a bail bond, just like other non-traffic crimes. California has a point system based on the severity of the traffic violation: 1 point for minor offenses such as speeding and 2 points for more serious violations such a DUI and hit-and-runs. Based on the number of points accumulated, a high number may result in the suspension or revocation of a California drivers license.

California Conviction Records:
Conviction records are records of past and current criminal histories on individuals, stored by legal agencies. Generally, these records document why the person was arrested, when they were arrested, the date of the conviction, what it was for and the sentence imposed. In California any person convicted of a dangerous felony, who has previously been convicted of a serious felony, will receive, in addition to the sentence already imposed by the court by the present offense, a five-year enhancement for each prior conviction on charges brought and tried separately.

California Jail and Inmate Records:
These records include details of any current or past jail time, a detailed list of any offenses the inmate was convicted of(also known as a "rap sheet"), the sentence they received, and where they served time for the crime. When locating the correct inmate, you will need to know the inmate's full name, state they are located, and their inmate correctional number. An inmate correctional number is an ID given to each inmate and is crucial to finding the correct inmate record. By the California Department of Corrections, you can contact the Identification Unit at (916) 445-6713. Alternatively, visit the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by clicking the link below:

California Parole and Probation Information/Records:
When someone is released on parole, he or she are allowed to serve the remainder of his or her time sentenced outside of jail in the community, under supervision, while probation is also supervised, this occurs before and as an alternative to jail or prison time. As long as the convicted person complies with probation conditions, they are allowed to serve their sentence out of custody. In California there are two types of parole depending on the severity of the crime, state parole is for severe high-risk offenders, and county-level supervision for the other parolees. For California, there is also informal probation, where the offender would not have to check in with a probation officer, opposed to standard probation which would entail regular checking in with a probation officer, drug testing, and sometimes community service.

California Juvenile Criminal Records:
Juveniles, who are children and adolescents convicted of a crime, are found to be labeled as an "adjudicated delinquent." This means they are not convicted the same way an adult would be, yet still have a criminal record. After becoming an adult these records can be expunged but, are not automatically erased, which is commonly mistaken. Juvenile records can be deleted if the person petitions to have them expunged. In California anyone under the age of 26 trying to seal their juvenile records, automatically get the fees waived. For more information on obtaining a California juvenile record expunged visit the website of California Courts, The Judicial Branch of California: http://www.courts.ca.gov/28120.htm

California Expunging Records:
When an expungement order is put in place, all records with information about dates of arrest and conviction must be destroyed entirely by state agencies. To expunge a criminal record in California, you will first need to obtain a copy of your criminal record which can be achieved through the superior court; then you will need to complete and submit the form CR-180, the petition for dismissal. The cost for filing a petition for expungement in California can range from $100-$400, depending on location in which the request was submitted. Here is a link to the petition needed to be completed and submitted: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/cr180.pdf

California Drug Crimes/Records:
Any crime related to drug distribution, use, possession or production of certain controlled substances is considered to be a drug crime. In California cannabis has been decriminalized, but its production and distribution remain criminal offenses. Under California's Health and Safety Code 11350, all other controlled substances which are considered to be a "hard drug" are illegal in the state of California, these include heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, and crack.

California Employer Rights to Check Criminal Records:
In California, there are specific types of criminal records that are accessible for employers to ask about at any time during the hiring or employment process. These include arrest records, sealed records, diversion programs, certain marijuana offenses and juvenile records.

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Questions, Answers and Comments About California Criminal Records

  • Q: Where online do I go to see my mugshots, arrest records and if I have a warrant for completely free from the year 2008 or 2009 in California?
    By Marleen
    Sep 06, 2016

    You will have to dig it up, you can start with looking up local periodicals such as news publications, arrest logs and inmate lists provided by law enforcement. Arrest records are provided by the law enforcement agency which created the report. You can check the department's site for warrants. Larger departments tend to have better online resources.

    By abc123
    Oct 31, 2017

  • Q: How to get copy of death certificate, arrest records free?
    By Karen
    Sep 25, 2017

    If you want free public records, you'll have to dig them up where ever you can find them. Arrest records, for example, can be found in criminal case files, which means a trip to the court house. Same cases can be found online, but there are access charges. The information about arrests or deaths can be found published throughout the net by looking up death notices, jail inmate logs and more. However, for certificates and official reports, there are going to be charges from the department or agency that's providing them. There are exceptions, some police departments will waive the fee for a police report if the requester is in the report.

    By adam12
    Sep 25, 2017

  • Q: Could I find out if my boyfriend really went to jail or if he is lying about it?
    By Kellie
    Jun 17, 2016

    You can check court records for convictions at the county court house. Also, police reports are public records, although they tend to be more difficult to obtain than court records.

    By turner
    Sep 18, 2017

  • Q: How to find out brothers parole probation status?
    By Robert
    Jul 13, 2017

    You can check the board of parole hearings proceeding schedules online from July to December. Use the key terms: Parole Hearing Schedule, California Department of Corrections. That should land you on the page where you will see a link to the year listing the schedule. On the same page, the menu to the right will have a set of links, one of them being "Proceedings", when you click on that, it will drop down to a hyperlink where you can see about requesting parole suitability hearing transcripts. According to this web page, the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) will provide free electronic transcripts upon request. If the transcripts are prior to 2001, they can be requested from micro film, but comes with a per page charge, which is relatively low.

    By AdamWest
    Jul 14, 2017

  • Q: Requesting Police Dash or Body Camera!
    By steven
    Jan 19, 2017

    How and where to request police dash cams or body camera footage is a relatively new question as these are being increasingly utilized by more departments across the United States. The answer to many of questions surrounding recorded video by police is straight forward and not surprising as it is similar to so many other request from law enforcement departments. Police and sheriffs are under state open records laws, not the freedom of information act which is for requesting federal records. Open records laws and procedures can vary from one state or department to another. In addition, you have the individual departments records division to deal with. It is not uncommon for law enforcement departments to deny access to public records for various reasons. Reasons can be that the case is under investigation, or that it must be requested as part of discovery.

    By abc123
    Jan 19, 2017

  • Q: I want to check if someone is in custody
    By Kenia
    Dec 28, 2016

    You can go directly to the area's police department or sheriffs, depending on the department's online services, their website can show recent arrests. Cities such as LA, OC and others put their arrest logs online for the public to check. Newspapers/online publications also show recent arrests. You'll need to know which city to save you a lot of time.

    By aa
    Jan 09, 2017

  • Q: How do I obtain a full copy of my criminal history?
    By alice
    Oct 27, 2016

    There are many different services and methods used to conduct a criminal history search. You have more access to your own records rather than others in the general public since privacy of personal information is not a concern. You can request your own arrest records directly from the police department. When you conduct your own search, the records can be a supplement to a background check used by the public. You can request a California Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint criminal history check. Even this search requires a consent form to be submitted when requesting the search. Take a look at their coverage, it's comprehensive in regard to criminal records compared to many private services. If you believe there may be criminal records, you can check court records on your own, where and how depends on which court/county as courts are the original source of records found in a typical background check. The link above (California Criminal Records) will take you to the state and fbi criminal history checks.

    By abc123
    Oct 27, 2016

California Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

  • Roxanne Patterson
    Booking Number: 2018-00002120
    Booking Date and Time: 09/23/2018 01:38:52 AM
    Race: White
    September 23, 2018
  • Terrell Deandre Mcelvaine
    Booking Number: 2018-00002125
    Booking Date and Time: 09/23/2018 04:02:57 AM
    Race: Black
    September 23, 2018
  • Juanita Clark
    Booking Number: 2018-00002124
    Booking Date and Time: 09/23/2018 03:40:15 AM
    Race: Black
    September 23, 2018
  • Michael Dwayne Williams
    Booking Number: 2018-00002116
    Booking Date and Time: 09/22/2018 08:13:43 PM
    Race: Black
    September 23, 2018
  • Cynthia Villarreal
    Booking Number: 2018-00002122
    Booking Date and Time: 09/23/2018 02:52:40 AM
    Race: Hispanic
    September 23, 2018
  • Henry Earl Whitmore
    Booking Number: 2018-00002117
    Booking Date and Time: 09/22/2018 09:37:50 PM
    Race: Black
    September 23, 2018

California Most Wanted and Warrants

View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

  • SUAZO is wanted as of 9/19/2018. Christopher Suazo is a Parolee at Large. He is wanted for assault. If you have information regarding his whereabouts contact Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers and you may be eligible for a cash reward.
    September 19, 2018
  • CARDONA is wanted as of 9/19/2018. Andres Cardona is a Parolee at Large. He is wanted for robbery. If you have information regarding his whereabouts contact Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers and you may be eligible for a cash reward.
    September 19, 2018
  • MORA is wanted as of 9/19/2018. Modesto Police are looking to locate Arturo Mora. He is wanted for attempted murder and robbery that occurred on 7/29/18 at Maze and Martin Luther Blvd.
    September 19, 2018
  • AVILA is wanted as of 9/19/2018. Modesto Police are looking for 30-year-old Gabriel Avila. He is wanted for his involvement with the August 12th homicide of Domonique Lewis.
    September 19, 2018
  • CUTRER is wanted as of 7/31/2018. Modesto Police are looking to locate this suspect. On 7/26/18 at 3pm this suspect, who goes by the name of "Leak", came to Modesto and robbed an individual at gunpoint of his Iphone X. The suspect fled with another suspect who has been arrested. This suspect used the Letgo app to meet with the victim and rob the victim in the parking lot located at 2045 W. Briggsmore Avenue (Briggsmore and Prescott), Modesto. The suspect is a rapper out of the Bay Area and is believed to have ties to Patterson. Cutrer is to be considered armed and dangerous.
    August 01, 2018
  • GARZA is wanted as of 7/31/2018. David Garza is wanted by Modesto Police for being the shooter in an incident on July 18th. Garza is considered armed and dangerous.
    July 31, 2018

California Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

California Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/23/2018)

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