Free Arrest Records & Mugshots
Anyone can have a nice talk. But to know a person’s true character, you’ve got to see their walk. That’s why arrest records are important. As everyone knows, an arrest is not a conviction. Often charges are dropped or the person is acquitted in a court of law. Sometimes it’s just about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
But despite these flaws, arrest records serve a valuable purpose. They can be a powerful glimpse into someone’s crooked past. They can show a pattern of misconduct or a lifetime of bad judgment. They can also reveal if the person is still dangerous, and not one to date, hire or allow into your home.
For example: Imagine a person arrested five times for driving a get-away vehicle. Or a lawyer arrested on a suspended driver’s license, when earlier he practiced law on a suspended bar license! Obviously you can see the pattern here. Excuses aside, the smell test shows something is fishy. And the more recent the arrests, the more likely the person hasn’t changed.
So where do you find these arrest records? And how do you get them for free? The first place to look are the mugshot databases. These are the free websites that pull up a person’s arrest photos along with their name.
Specific Arrest & Mugshot Websites
How To Find Arrest Records at Arrests.org
Arrests.org. is a great website for looking up mugshots and arrest records. The only drawback is you must select a state. This means you won’t be allowed to do a nationwide search. So it pays to search all the states where you believe your subject has lived.
For a video on how to search this site see Free Arrest Records & Mugshots.
Make sure you’re always using the search box that says arrests.org. Otherwise you could get lured onto a site that will try to charge you for what you can get here for free. Then enter in a first and last name only. Do not enter in a full name or middle initial. That will just exclude mugshots where this information was never entered but should have been.
Note: If you search for someone who has no arrests, it won’t tell you so. It simply shows you the latest arrests on file. I tried this with “Graham Firestone”but it just pulled up men and women with different names.
About Arrest Findings
The best arrest sites will tell you what the person was charged for and when, and give you a mugshot accompanied by their full name or middle initial, and a year or date of birth. That’s a lot of information to get when all you knew was their first and last name! So be sure to copy and paste this into Word or Notepad. You’ll need it later when it’s time to Google them.
Keep in mind that no arrest site is complete. So if you don’t find the the name you’re looking for, check at least 2 other arrest/mugshot websites.
How To Find Arrest Records at Mugshots.com
Mugshots.com is another great website that allows searches for mugshots and arrest records. The difference is that when you search here you don’t have to first select a state.
A national search is a powerful tool. It means you don’t have to know anything about your subject except their first and last name. With rare names, I recommend you do a nationwide arrest search. A search throughout the US could pull up an arrest in a state you never knew they lived in. But with more common names, you will want to select a state so you don’t get thousands of false leads.
To demonstrate go to the top right and enter in the first and last name “jason moore” which yields 1297 results.
If an ad appears, make sure you click on “continue to mugshots.com.” Otherwise you’ll find yourself on another site that won’t be as helpful.
To narrow your search, click on US Counties and then click on your state. Let’s choose GA.
Mugshots.com for example, has 5 hits for “jason moore” in Gwinnett county, Georgia while arrests.org had none.
This is why you need to search several of these databases. Some will have records the others are missing.
How To Google For Arrest Records
You have two options here. You can Google the individual’s name with synonyms for “arrest,” “indicted”, “charged,” or “charges.” For example: “Graham B Firestone” arrested. Or you can search for words that will pull up other arrest-mugshot websites. I recommend doing both.
How To Google For Other Mugshot Websites
Sometimes a mugshot database will go out of business or start charging for their services. Just in case this happens, here’s how to find similar websites,
- First, Google a common name with the word mugshot. Example: Harvey Moore Mugshot
- Look for the websites with names that suggest they are national databases. Ignore news stories or anything from a blog, TV station or local county jail.
- Save the good links in your favorites for future Reference. Often, the national databases will start with “arrest” or “mugshot” or “jail” in their domain name.
Ignore Sites Like These:
Look For Sites Like These: (Copy up to the .com or .org)
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