Old Court Records can be located by using a Department of Justice Record Request. The reason why this is needed is that Courts will destroy their old cases and they will have no access to them. The court will put it on you to find your own records before they can expunge them. However people will not have access to their records that were destroyed 15 or 20 years ago and this creates a problem when they are trying to clean their record or expunging them.,
If I failed to appear on an old Orange County case from a long time ago. Will I be taken in if I get pulled over?
Whether the court issued a warrant for you will be determining factor. In Orange County judges will issue warrants for all felonies and misdeameanors. It is very rare for them to issue the in infractions for failure to appear.
Can I use time to my advantage when working on clearing Old Court Records?
Yes. A lot of things can happen. Defense witnesses can disappear and memories fade. You can use these to your advantage for the purpose of defending your case the courts may also take in consideration how much of a different life lived, especially if these are drug cases that involve a drug habit and addiction, you’ll get kudos for it.
What other things can happen when my case gets old?
Other things that can happen when your case gest old are witness issues. Some witness issues include people forgetting or officers retiring. If this happens, it will make a world of difference and will contribute towards getting your case dismissed.
Can I use this service to find Warrants?
Yes using this method for Old Court Records is preferred. It’s probably better because you will not have to show up at t courthouse.
How to find old court records online
There are times when the courts can’t find their own Old Court Records . If this is the problem then it will be your job. Thankfully, the department of justice provides this service. Below are instructions on how to find old court records online.
Total Time: 1 day
Download Record Request from Department of Justice
You can get the form at this link.
Fill out Form
Be sure you fill everything out completely. It will get bounced back if you do not fill it out correctly.
Do Live Scan at police station or UPS
This process is quick but the service will cost you around 25-30 dollars.
Wait and Watch the Mail
It typically takes 3-5 Weeks for results to come back.