If you are arrested, but the charges are dropped, does it show up on a criminal record?

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If you are arrested, but the charges are dropped, does it show up on a criminal record?
and would it show up during a criminal record check?

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4 Responses to If you are arrested, but the charges are dropped, does it show up on a criminal record?

  1. T says:

    yes and yes.

  2. Leslie S says:

    No and no.

    The arrest shows up on a "RAP" sheet and possibly on a NCIC check (depends on how severe) both are only available to law enforcement for legitimate reasons. The rap sheet also says that the charges where dropped so the information cannot, by Federal law, be used against you in any way.

    Convictions show up employer and publicly available data bases because they are part of court records which are public. So they show up on an available criminal record or quality background check.
    You never even went to court so noting is open to the public.

  3. mikeysco says:

    The answers to your questions largely depend on the state or country you live in.

    In California (and I suspect in all states), your arrest will almost always be part of your criminal history. Just because charges were later dropped (or not filed) does not mean you should not have been arrested nor does it change the fact that you were.

    You’d have to define what you mean by a "criminal record check" to get the answer you’re looking for.

  4. Betty Griffith says:

    My granddaughter was arrested for possession of drugs and paraphernalia and put in jail. Her lawyer told the judge the police had no right to search her purse, so the charges were dropped. So can the state pick up the charges? Thanks

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