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Results to Criminal Background Check/Felony Record - Private or Public records?

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Can anyone advise as to whether the results of a criminal background check are considered private records or whether this information can be disseminated as public record?

Sorry, I should have better qualified my question. I am actually enquiring about running someone else' background to learn if they have a criminal history. And wanted to learn should I share the findings with someone who is impacted by this person, would I be doing something illegal. Thank you!

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It is public record since the public is able to see this information.

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They are public records. If you want to determine your criminal record in California, do a live scan at one of the many live scan operator locations then submit to California DOJ for record

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If someone goes down to the Courthouse and pulls all the files there to create a database this is legal and the records are public. On the other hand your criminal history (aka rap sheet) is private and can be accessed only be a few organizations. Anyone who disseminates your rap sheet commits a crime.

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Your court records are public. You rap sheet is available only to a few accepted groups.

ANDREW ROBERTS CRIMINAL AND TRAFFIC TICKET DEFENSE ATTORNEY

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