The office that is in charge of maintaining Douglas County Arrest Records is the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office under their records division. All arrests carried out within the county are documented regardless whether it leads to incarceration of the offender or not.
Arrest records are part of the public domain and the public is allowed to request the records provided that all requirements are met. A person may request his or her own records and, under legal circumstances, the records of other people. If the person requests for his or her own record, he or she will be given full access to the records. A person can only get full access to other people’s records if there is authorization from the court, the custodian of the records, and/or the consent of the record’s owner. However, if the investigation of the case is still ongoing, there is a high chance that the records will not be able for public access yet.
To start a search, one must secure the proper request form for arrest records. The form must be properly filled out with the required pieces of information such as the name of the offender, the nature of the offense committed, the date and place where it was committed, and the officer that carried out the arrest. The requestor should also present a valid identification card with a picture and a fee worth $20. All fees paid are not subject to a refund regardless of the search results.
Arrest records are highly sought after because of the amount of valuable information it contains. Many conduct background checks on other people so they can avoid getting victimized by criminals. Employers, landlords, parents, schools, and others access the records for safety reasons.
Government agencies started to maintain their own websites where they keep soft copies of public records. If a record cannot be found on the county level, the searcher can try looking for it at the state level. The office in charge of maintaining arrest records in the State of Georgia is the state’s Bureau of Investigation. The bureau runs a database called the Crime Information Center. It contains records of arrests made throughout the Georgia. Doing a search on the state level is similar to when you do it on the county level except the fee is only $15 per transaction.
You can also obtain arrest records from online service providers. There are websites owned by non-government companies that specialize in maintaining and providing records, such as Douglas County Arrest Log, to the public. All you need to start a search are a computer, an Internet connection, and the full name of the person whose records you want to obtain. But be careful with which website you choose to get information from because not all of the information you can get on the Internet are legit. Before you start your search, make sure you conduct a quick background check on the websites to get a better idea if they are a legit source or not.