The preservation and access to Massachusetts arrest records and all the criminal reports in general can are governed through the existing records law called the Criminal Offender Record Information Act. All the regulations implied upon on the said records are divulged for the benefit of everybody from the ordinary citizens to those from the corporate world. Yes, these legal records are obtainable as a right given to the residents in Massachusetts. So, the government setup on records in Massachusetts is that the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security is the over-all in-charged and is managing the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services where the data are stored and updated.
So, how do you grab a copy of your own record? There are two ways, either by mail or by an electronic method. If you go by mail you will have to make payment using bank check or money as personal checks are not accepted. It must be made payable to the Commonwealth Massachusetts. The records request form which you can download from the state’s site and the check should be addressed to the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services. The office can send you the form if you are not able to somehow print it. More so, you got to have it notarized costing you another $1.25.
The other way would be through an online service which is also managed by the Justice Information Services office. If you don’t want to pay anything for getting a copy of your own record then this is the option for you which can be done by completing the Affidavit of Indigency, a fee waiver which you can avail by doing the following things: Get SSI, TAFDC, EAEDC, MassHealth or Massachusetts Veterans Benefits, and income must not be higher than 125% in line with the federal poverty guideline. It should also mean that you cannot afford for the basic commodities you need. Note also that only you may obtain or request a copy of your own record.
On the opposite, getting a copy of an arrest record of someone else has different guidelines to follow. You can only be a child-care provider, home-health aid or a lawyer to be able to request a record of someone else. But if your reason is valid then you can definitely process the request before the office concerned. These documents are technically available to real estate agents, public housing authorities and the general public for different legal uses.
Criminal records do not include the restraining orders, child abuse reports, do not include those from another states and the juvenile reports. The good news about these records is that they are now retrievable over the web from a reputable records repository. With this online method, the requesting parties no longer have to leave home or wait in line for the records, but to just work on one’s computer, look for a trusted records provider, pay a nominal fee and obtain the records in no time.
Massachusetts Criminal Records
Steps to obtain copy of criminal records:
Secure a copy of the Records Information Request form
Pay fee of $25.00 via bank check or money order
Have your application notarized at $1.25 for the notarization charge
Submit application to the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services
State of Massachusetts Arrest Records
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