Originally Posted by mserychic
I thought stuff like this was public record. Would all the courthouses be connected or would I have to go to each county? It's been several different counties at this point. I've been searching the Ca state website and have yet to find anything helpful.
You know what I've been "doing" our local courthouse has a public terminal where you can look names up, free of charge.
Michigan also has OTIS, where you see look on line, if someone has been in prison, probation, has committed any major Crime, I *think* CA would have one as well. You may have to look under corrections. I don't' have to go by every county this way, but CA is much larger than MI, yet......How many prisons could you have
With OTIS, sometimes things aren't clear, you may look at something and it may read say "Pot" but that's how it was labeled, you have to click on the codes, that's when it gets tricky. It's usually the last situation they were arrested for.
You can go to the courthouse and request the records, it is public, sometimes they request a docket numbers, but hopefully his name, address, date of birth, an old address would verify it was the right man. Oh, I just reread your post, yes, the terminal that I use is ONLY for THIS county (scary eh).
I found out about the PPO's, simply because it was tied to another case. The worker said they're not usually public (that's strange isn't it! That's what we should know about).
Also, look for your State police web address, sometimes you can get all records for under 10.00, I can't remember what it was here, but it's cheaper than $40.00 and saves so much leg work, of course, you have to print them if you want a hard copy...
What Classified said is correct, sometimes the records are not clear to the layman. I got lucky, I was at the public terminal and a woman that inserts the data helped me. I thought a case had been closed, she looked, no....There are some items that are hard to understand if you don't have legal experience.