Trusted Aid With County or Parish Criminal & Civil Records Searches

Bayou City Fingerprinting FBI Background Check Solutions

For Hiring Purposes, Law Enforcement Tasks & More

Bayou City Fingerprinting is pleased to work with clients throughout Texas who need to perform criminal or civil records searches about particular individuals, for hiring purposes, law enforcement tasks or otherwise.

Criminal records searches are important for producing information about past felony and misdemeanor convictions, while civil records searches provide a history of civil actions taken against an individual.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these services and why Bayou City Fingerprinting is so well-suited to provide them to our clients.


What is the difference between civil and criminal records searches?

Civil judgments & criminal judgments differ in several important ways:

  • Criminal cases are considered crimes against the state or society, and are brought by the state. They can result in jail time, which can be significant in some felony cases.
  • Civil judgments only result in financial penalties, not jail time, and these cases are brought by other people or organizations.

  • There is a significantly lower burden of proof in a civil case compared to a criminal case. In a criminal case, the standard is “beyond reasonable doubt,” whereas ina civil case, the plaintiff must simply prove it was “more likely than not” that the defendant committed the alleged act.

There are also differing circumstances in which these records searches are likely to be used.

A criminal records search is important for law enforcement officials looking to gather more information about a subject, or for potential employers performing standard background checks on their applicants to assist in hiring decisions.

A civil records search is most likely to be used in situations such as business conflicts, breach of contract cases, landlord/tenant disputes, civil rights violations, matters involving collections agencies and financial institutions and some personal injury cases—all matters that would be handled in a civil court setting.

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We pride ourselves on being excellent partners with all of our clients. While we are a locally based business, we still offer the same quality and breadth of testing that many of the familiar national services do, but we are capable of providing it with a greater level of care and personal attentiveness.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are just a few examples of some of the questions we frequently receive about our county/parish criminal and civil records search services.

Warrants will typically show up in background checks, but they do take a bit of digging to find. Bench warrants are issued by a court to authorize police to make immediate arrests when a person does not appear in court. These will be likely to show up on background checks.

Criminal warrants, however, are issued by law enforcement. Depending on where the warrant was issued and who is checking the criminal records, they may or may not show up in background checks. In some cases, criminal warrant information is only accessible to law enforcement officials.
Finally, civil warrants are issued by a judge and included in court records, which means you can expect them to appear in background checks.

The primary purpose of criminal background checks is to seek for records of felony and misdemeanor criminal convictions, as well as any pending criminal cases that may be in the courts or histories of incarceration as an adult.

Criminal background checks may also include information such as arrests pending prosecution, as well as arrests that did not lead to convictions. All of this information can be useful to law enforcement agencies attempting to establish a criminal background of a suspect, or for employers making hiring or promotion decisions.

People are generally more familiar with the idea of a criminal background check than a civil history background check. Civil cases involve legal disputes between two or more parties involving non-criminal actions. Civil history background checks search for records of these cases, including outcomes such as dispositions or last entries.

A disposition closes a case and features details about any judgments entered as a result, incoming to whom the judgment was awarded and the amount of money it entailed. A last entry indicates the case is still in the court system and judgments are pending. It will include the most recent action in the case, and the next court date. For cases settled out of court, there will be no disposition, and there will likely be a last entry noting the case was settled.
These civil checks seek to verify the identities of parties involved in a civil case, the type of case, when it was filed, the case number, the jurisdiction and any judgments.

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