Can the public access arrest records for free?


Quick Answer

The cost and ease of access to public records varies from state to state. To find out how to access public arrest records and how much it might cost, contact the local, state, or federal agency that handles the arrest records you are interested in obtaining.

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Can the public access arrest records for free?
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The public has a right to Federal records through the Freedom of Information Act and each state has its own public record laws, according to FOIA.gov and FOIAdvocates.org. Some records are available for free online, some require a written request which much be reviewed by local, state, or federal employees to make sure the request is not invading a person's privacy.

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