Live Searches

“Live searches” are conducted by an agent who reviews and compares search results with applicant representation, and uses current public and confidential sources that reveal akas, variation in name and dates of birth, and is many times more accurate and complete than any other method of search.

Net Check Investigations first conducts a live skip trace (an agent looks at all those who use a given SSN, verifies date of birth, finds AKAs, identifies all residences nationwide for at least 10 yrs). Second, we examine records at each appropriate county and state criminal record repository or index. Third, we verify case information with the court if any cases are found. Finally we write an abstract (summary). We also run state driving records as needed. Our reports may be placed in a personnel file and are on P.I. letterhead so that they are admissible in court.

Valuable Terms and Definitions

Abstract  A criminal or civil case summary that has been written by an investigator or by an agent to highlight relevant information in court dockets or files
Adjudication A final legal conclusion, usually pertaining to juvenile, criminal or civil proceedings.
AKA Short for “also known as,” which includes maiden names, hyphenated names, last and first names concealed, married names, and nick names.
CFE Certified Fraud Examiner
Civil Cases A complaint for damages and amends for losses, pain or suffering between two parties that is filed in court as a lower or upper civil case. Upper civil cases often include law suits, auto accidents with injuries, breaches of contract, and fraud, where the court may award for punitive damages plus monies for pain and suffering. Lower civil cases include unlawful detainers (evictions) and small claims complaints, whereas usually no damages are usually awarded.
Comprehensive Health Professional Search This FACIS Level 3 search (powered through Verisys) is recommended for health professionals, senior care specialists, and hospital employees. This search includes OIG, GSA, EPLS, DEA, FDA, ORI PHS, Tricare, other federal agency sources, Medicaid exclusion lists from the states that publish them, state department lists, HEAT task force and Attorney General news releases, and state disciplinary findings from all 50 states and the District of Colombia. Over 2,000 sources are researched. A la Carte-$12.00 per name searched.
Court Dockets A court generated summary of criminal or civil cases.
Credit for time served The number of days jail/prison deducted from a sentence of incarceration that was accrued by an inmate awaiting a hearing or for “good conduct” while in custody.
Criminal Cases A complaint filed by a government agency prosecutor that is heard local, county, state or federal court regarding the alleged criminal conduct of a person or entity is a criminal case.
CRA Credit Reporting Agency – a firm or business that provides consumer reports to a third party to be used for evaluating the character, behavior or history of a person or entity.
Deferred Adjudication Not considered a conviction. A first time offender, typically for minor drug use is given probation upon a guilty plea, whereas the conviction is suspended and will be stricken upon successful completion of probation.
Disposition The final or ruled outcome of a case. Possible criminal dispositions include: found guilty, found not guilty, plead guilty, no contest (nolle contendre), dismissed, dropped, not prosecuted, deferred adjudication, and diversion.
Diversion Not considered a conviction. A first time Drug or Alcohol offender is often given probation upon a guilty plea, whereas the conviction is suspended and will be stricken upon a successful completion of probation.
Domestic Cases Domestic cases, also called Family cases, include divorce, child support, alimony, annulment, and other issues pertaining to rights, property, and care relating to family members.
Domestic Violence History Public records information pertaining to restraining orders, stalking, harassment, emotional abuse, torture, involuntary confinement, the restriction of assets (i.e. car, credit cards, money, etc.), orders of
Duty of Care The doctrine that allows a broader range of searches and longer scope of years, usually 15 years, that more fully evaluates the relevant history of someone who will be in close contact with youth and children, the elderly, those impaired, or who will work with sensitive information, pharmaceuticals, drugs, or large sums of money.
Expungement A case removed from the entire criminal record by order of a judge, usually after at least 7 years after the offense has passed with no subsequent convictions.
FACIS Fraud, Abuse, and Control Information Systems: Search of postings and warning notices by Federal Office of the Attorney General, Hospital networks, State medical boards, welfare agencies and pharmaceutical agencies related to unauthorized drug use/access, elder abuse, medical misconduct, welfare fraud, and other health care fraud, and other related breaches.
FCRA Pertains to the United States Fair Credit Reporting Act, initially was enacted by Congress in 1971 and has since been amended and supplemented by several state interpretations. This legislation regulates consumer reports and employment screening processes and disclosure practices.
Hand Search Required when a client requests case information that is not available via Court docket, whereas an agent must physically pull and read a file at the court. Often pulling a physical file requires two trips to the court, one to order the file and then another a few days later to read the file.
Held to Answer A case transferred from a local jurisdiction to a higher jurisdiction, i.e. a Municipal case is referred to a Superior Court, or from courtroom to courtroom, for example a judge holding an arraignment hearing may refer the case to another courtroom for trial.
Identifiers These are specific descriptions about a person that an agent or court clerk can use to verify that a specific person is involved in a case, to include full name, date of birth, social security number, and current or past home address.
Investigator Verified Seal TM Indicates that client contracts with this State licensed private investigations agency to conduct comprehensive screening for criminal records on all newly hired employees and requires subsequent searches every two years of employment, that screening is comprehensive and includes every appropriate Federal, state, county, registry, and local jurisdiction in the United States, and that these procedures meet criteria under the Duty of Care doctrine which adds special precautions when hiring persons working with the elderly, children, when applicable, in compliance with Federal and State Fair Credit Reporting Acts.
Live Search An agent physically reviews an index that is posted constantly/daily and has the ability to make judgments regarding AKA’s and similar names and dates of birth.
Sex Offender Registered sex offender as per directory kept state by state.
Skip Trace Utilization of confidential and public records data bases to reveal and verify personal information such as dates of birth, SSNs, full name and aka’s, current and past residences, family members and relatives, neighbors, business associates, and other relevant history pertaining to an individual’s representations or claims.
Scope Most states permit the reporting of criminal cases up to 7 years back, from the end of a sentence or probationary period, which is a time period considered “in scope.” Convictions that resulted in the conclusion of a sentence or probation older than 7 years is considered in most states as “out of scope.”
Social Media Search Location and examination of social media and internet postings.
Static Search The use of an infrequently updated, already created information database to determine if a name is listed in a criminal index. Typically this database is missing new cases, warrants, and represents less than 30% of all cases. The courts have ruled this kind of search does not constitute a valid search.
SSN Verification The U.S. Social Security Administration and confidential indexes have access to the SSA Administration data can help verify that a SSN is valid. “Verification” reflects a reasonable process by which a valid source indicates that representations offered by a person are very likely accurate.
Threat Assessment Analysis of information and estimate of potential and demonstrated propensity to commit a violent, abusive, or terrorist act.
Warrants Usually the result of Failure to Appear, as ordered by a judge, warrants are kept at the county level.
Local Municipal, Magistrate, and Justice Court are where felony and misdemeanor criminal cases usually originate. Some case indexes reflect local judicial actions and are not found in other case indexes.
County/Parish Usually called Superior, Commonwealth, or District Court, this is where small claims, domestic, family law, civil and criminal cases before a State appointed judge are heard. Records usually are not forwarded to a Statewide system. Jail incarceration records and warrants are usually only available at this level.
State Although state cases are heard at the County level, records pertaining to convictions may be also held by State Department of Justice. As to 2011, 21 states have such master indexes. Driving records, professional licenses, and sexual offender registries are kept at the state level.
National U.S. Federal and Bankruptcy Courts are not connected to state systems in any way, whereas any case heard by a Federal judge and prosecuted by a U.S. Attorney (often as a result of FBI, ICE, DEA, FTA, U.S. Customs, etc.) is only available in a live Federal databases.
International Global Terrorist Watch lists, Interpol alerts, and International Arrests Warrants pertain to persons of any nationality and may be posted by any nation.