Whenever someone is arrested in the State of Texas, several different agencies create documents to record the event. Some of the documents are not readily available for the public to view; however, there are others that are available for anyone who is interested. For instance, many County and District Clerk’s websites have portals to find documents and information about a case. In Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties it is as simple as plugging in someone’s name to find out what they charged with, and what, if any, punishment they received. Law enforcement agencies such as the Houston Police Department, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will also have records of the case. DPS also sells the records they possess to a select few criminal background companies. Additionally, employers and landlords can request access to this information as well.
What Can Be Found in an Arrest Record?
Generally, the information that can be found in an arrest record includes the details regarding an encounter with law enforcement. Documents related to the arrest can contain the following:
- The date, time, and location of the arrest itself
- Identifying information about the suspect
- Property that was confiscated
- Bond information
- Arresting officer’s account of the incident
- Disposition/Outcome of the case
The information contained in the record could be used in order to determine the defendant’s guilt. Typically, only certain parties such as prosecutors, police officers, and the defendant’s attorney will have access to the full police report. Furthermore, an individual is also able to have entries placed on their arrest record even if they’ve never been convicted of any kind of a crime.
Who All Can Find Out About My Arrest Record?
This kind of information can actually be more public than many people realize. Even though police reports are virtually impossible for the public to view, court records are a lot easier to obtain. There are many private online companies, the state government, or private investigators that can find records about a case.These records can also be accessed by the following parties:
- Credit reporting agencies
- Individuals curious about their own or someone else’s records