About 1 in 5 Americans has a criminal record so it’s not absurd to think that there’s a possibility that your significant other might have one too. Dating Background Checks might be just the solution to prevent several horrific dating experiences including: date rape, crimes of passion and just plain getting knee deep in a relationship with someone who could potentially ruin your reputation or life. We’ll outline how you can easily perform dating background checks to ensure a healthy love life.
Does your date have a criminal record?
Here’s where you’ll find everything there is to know about your date’s previous: arrests, convictions of felonies and misdemeanors, court records, warrants, sex offenses, and incarceration records. You can find criminal records at the state, county and national level. County records include crimes only committed in that particular county. Since most crimes are prosecuted at the county level, you’ll likely want to run a county check on your dates in order to get the most detailed records. However, there are some caveats: you need to know which county (or counties) they spent most of their lives, but at the very least, you’ll need to make a national background check. Also there are a few states which do not have an electronic database (currently: Delaware, Massachusetts, South Dakota, and Wyoming). If your date or spouse is in one of these states, you’ll have to perform a county search for them.
Is your date on Facebook?
Check for your date’s social media profiles. Many people don’t know that social media profiles are highly search indexable, meaning that information like your date’s mobile number, email address and more can be searched within and outside of the social media network for which they belong. On Facebook for instance you can use the facebook search box to input your date’s mobile number and email to find their profile. Once you’ve landed on a profile, do your due diligence by searching through their posts and photos. Illicit relationships, past education and family members are all common sources for proof of misleading information on social networks.
Is your date a past sex offender?
Considering this isn’t the type of information a potential mate would like to disclose on a first meeting or any meeting, it would be in your best interest to check the local sex offender registry for your date’s name. All US states are required to keep this database. This is widely available and easy to use and should only take a few minutes to return results.
Obviously if you have further concerns after making these initial searches, it’s best to go further by putting more money behind your background check and getting all the information you need. This would mean checking specific county records in the states your date once lived with different supposed aliases your date might have. It pays to be cautious when meeting new people and inviting them in your life.