Connecticut Criminal Records, Divorce and Litigation Lookup – 1974 to present

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FINALLY, a comprehensive source of deep Connecticut public records – now available all in one place through Artus Group’s FAST-TRACK online service.

Over the years I have received hundreds of requests to run quick, inexpensive background checks I have always planned on creating an online service to do just that.

Well, it’s finally here.

Visit www.CTCriminalRecords.com and you’ll see a depth of information not available anywhere else on the internet:

  • Criminal records dating back to 1974
  • Lawsuits and divorce records back to 1985
  • Traffic violations back to 1998
  • Bankruptcies back to 1990
  • Federal tax liens back to 1998
  • All in one report – which also gives lots of useful information to help you in your ongoing research
  • Conducted by real investigators – this is not an automated service
  • Fast – you will receive you report within 24 hours or there’s no charge
  • There is no “membership fee” or recurring charges – you simply pay for each report you order
  • And most importantly, inexpensive (a full report of Connecticut criminal, civil, divorce, bankruptcy, traffic records and federal tax liens all for $129.00).

The problem everyone faces is that the criminal records you see reported online through the Connecticut Judicial Branch are only about 20% of all the actual records filed – because these online records are purged regularly. Try it – just enter “Jones”, first initial “R” and you’ll get 213 criminal and traffic records. Can you guess how many records there actually are on file since 1974 in the name “Jones”, initial “R”?

1,750 and counting

Alternatively, you can request a full records search through the Connecticut State Police by mailing in this form with a check, but results take 7-10 days and very often that’s not fast enough for you.

Similarly, civil and divorce records are purged even more deeply and what you see online through the Connecticut Judicial Branch is less than 10% of the records on file.

This is why we started this service – to fill the need people have. Quickly and inexpensively.

As you know, I take great care and pride in the Artus Group name and the Artus Group product, and even though this service is fast and inexpensive by design, you will find the same level of professionalism, accuracy and detail for which we have become renowned.

So visit Artus Group’s FAST-TRACK at www.CTCriminalRecords.com and begin your investigation today. I’m pretty excited by the whole project and hope you will be too!

Everything you need to know about Connecticut Criminal Records

Visit Artus Group’s FAST-TRACK service at www.CTCriminalRecords.com and you’ll find a depth of information not available anywhere else on the internet. We created this fast, online search service because it is currently not possible for the general public to quickly access comprehensive criminal and civil records anywhere online. Let me explain:

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 this form and mailing it to the Connecticut State Police in Middletown with a check for $50.00, however it can take a while and results will be mailed to you within 7-10 days.

Alternatively, you can research limited online records of criminal convictions through records of the Connecticut Judicial Branch. These records are extremely limited, 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.

Assuming you want something far deeper than the Connecticut Judicial Branch can offer online and you need results much quicker than reported by the Connecticut State Police, use Artus Group’s FAST-TRACK service – we have complete, unpurged criminal history records of the Connecticut State Police dating back to the early 1970’s. We also have access to real-time Connecticut DOC inmate mugshots, traffic tickets, divorces and lawsuits back to 1985, and just about every Connecticut public record available.

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 shipped to the Connecticut Records Center located at the Enfield Superior Court. Don’t even think of going to a Connecticut court to review an old criminal case file, it will only be in Enfield, if anywhere. At Enfield, case files are maintained 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 travel to Enfield to request and review the file but then you will have to return at a later date to obtain copies. Alternatively Artus Group can request and obtain the file for you – we are at the Enfield Court routinely and understand their system and process. 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.

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.

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.

Connecticut Criminal and Civil Court Case Files: What can we hope to find?

As a nationwide company, our people are in courts literally all around the country every week. In my 17 years of doing this, there are only a few things of which I’m certain, and one is that every state, every county and almost every court in the nation seemingly has a different procedure. Some clerks are helpful, some are downright rude. Some offices are extremely organized and others are a total mess – it’s a wonder how they can find anything at all (they often can’t).

But in Connecticut, we are fortunate, for the most part, to have some very organized clerks’ offices with mostly very helpful clerks. Although general procedures are somewhat consistent statewide, there are many idiosyncrasies. I’m often asked what we can expect to find, so I thought I’d pen some thoughts for reference. Did you know, for example:

  • In Connecticut, divorce case files are held at the court for 75 years…that’s a long time, but was enacted since people often need to provide proof of divorce throughout their lives, for a number of reasons.
  • Routinely, only divorce files in which there was a dissolution are maintained – cases in which there was no judgment are destroyed, although the period of retention varies from court to court.
  • In Connecticut, almost all divorce and civil case files are available for public review, for any reason, and by any person, mostly without providing any form of identity. The only exceptions are in cases where the judge has sealed the file. This is rare, but is routine in the case of celebrities, politicians or other prominent persons.
  • Connecticut procedure is in stark contrast to New York, for example, where ALL family (including divorce) case files are sealed and not available for public review.
  • Certain components of divorce files ARE sealed in Connecticut, primarily financial affidavits, although these are routinely unsealed after dissolution. Sealed documents in Connecticut case files are placed in bright blue folders and are usually attached to the inside front cover of the file. The clerks should remove them before handing you the file, but often do not. Don’t be tempted to take a peak though, they are sealed for a reason.
  • For most civil cases in which there was a judgment or disposition, case files are maintained for several years (although retention dates vary between the courts and the nature of the case). However case files that are “Withdrawn” are destroyed one year after the date of withdrawal, almost without exception, statewide. Similarly, dormant (inactive) case files enter the Dormancy Program and are destroyed one year after the last activity, again, almost without exception.
  • In Connecticut, criminal case files are handled quite differently. Soon after a disposition is entered, the case file is shipped to the Connecticut Records Center located at the Enfield Superior Court. Don’t even think of going to a court to review an old criminal case file, it will only be in Enfield, if anywhere. At Enfield, case files are maintained for defined periods and then destroyed as follows:

– Nolle/Dismissals 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

  • When reviewing archived criminal case files, don’t expect to find much content. They are routinely stripped to bare bones for archiving and you often will not find police reports or details beyond the court docket. Police reports and police departments in general are a more complex subject…for another blog post maybe!

Connecticut is somewhat unique in the way it handles, maintains and destroys criminal and civil case files. We’re in the courts every week and we know the system – If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.