In Connecticut, criminal history records, that is, convictions, are administered and reported by the Connecticut State Police. Anyone can request a criminal history record on anyone else for any reason by downloading form DPS-0846-C and mailing it to the Connecticut State Police in Middletown with a check for $75.00, however it can take a while and results will be mailed to you within 7-10 days. Also, due to various constraints, the Connecticut State Police is routinely behind in data entry and these records are rarely current or “real-time”.
Alternatively, you can research limited online records of criminal convictions through records of the Connecticut Judicial Branch. These records are extremely limited however, are purged, and represent less than 20% of the actual records that exist. Records of pending criminal cases however are thoroughly reported by the Connecticut Judicial Branch and can be searched here.
When we are conducting an investigation, we use the above-referenced sources but also incorporate these results with onsite research at applicable courts and police departments, and also utilize numerous databases to which we subscribe, and to which the general public do not have access. Let me know if you want a deep-scope search and we can let you know the options and pricing.
In any event, once you’ve identified a Connecticut criminal record, how do you find out about the specifics of the case?
In Connecticut, criminal case files are handled quite specifically. Soon after a disposition is entered, the case file is archived offsite at the Superior Court Records Center, so don’t waste time traveling to a Connecticut court to review an old criminal case file. Criminal case files are archived at the Records Center for defined periods and then destroyed as follows:
- Nolle/Dismissed cases are destroyed after 3 years
- Infractions are destroyed after 5 years
- Motor vehicle misdemeanors are destroyed after 10 years
- Criminal misdemeanors are destroyed after 10 years
- Criminal felonies are destroyed after 20 years or length of sentence, whichever is longer
- Youthful Offender cases are destroyed after 10 years
You can personally request copies of criminal case files that meet the above criteria by sending an email to SuperiorCourtRecordsCenter@jud.ct.gov or by calling 860-263-2750 – your file should be available for retrieval within 48 hours. When reviewing archived criminal case files however, don’t expect to find much content. Case files are routinely stripped to bare bones for archiving and you often will not find police reports or many details beyond the court docket.
You can look up current inmates incarcerated in Connecticut state prisons through records of the Connecticut Department of Correction, however, records are for current inmates only, not former inmates. At the federal level however, inmates can be searched nationally and historically through records of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Sex Offenders can be searched through records of the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry, by name, address or proximity.
If you need police reports on a specific incident, you can personally visit the relevant police department and submit a written request and then wait to return at a later date to retrieve results, which are often redacted. Alternatively again, contact us – our investigators are in and out of police departments all the time and we know the drill.
I hope this information is helpful and feel free to send me an email or give me a call if you need any help.