Felony Records

Written by Jessica Duquette
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Felony Vs. Misdemeanor

Felony records, by law, are a matter of public record. What determines whether a crime is considered a felony or a misdemeanor? The length of sentence is one characteristic that differentiates one crime from another.

Any crime that is accompanied by a maximum jail sentence of up to one year along with a $2,000 fine is considered a misdemeanor. Those crimes that require jail time of more than one year and one day are termed as felonies. Once you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, that information will appear on your personal record.

Accessing Felony Records

Who can access your felony records? For starters any firm in which you are seeking employment has the right to access public documents. You may be judged on your personal record, and a history of convicted arrests may hinder you from getting a job or applying for a mortgage. Convictions are not erased from your record after a certain period of time, so try to stay away from any trouble that can result in permanent damage on your record.

You can pull your own history including credit reports, police logs and Department of Motor Vehicle report. This will help you gain a basic understanding of what creditors and employers see when they run background checks. This site will also help you clean up your record and eliminate any discrepancies that may appear.

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