Jail Records Search Online
When looking to obtain jail records in Sterling County Texas, one of the most reliable places to start is the courts. While searching online for court or criminal records, one might come across this: “Solder’s Search.” In cases such as this, it’s pretty much a dead end.
That’s because all jail records in Texas are kept on microfilm. These are not stored in a central location like the court records that you find online. The state of Texas only keeps microfilms in three locations: in the Texas Supreme Court, in its juvenile justice departments, and in its Office of Vital Statistics. Because of this, records that you may have ordered in Texas are not cross-checked with other states’ records, nor will they be available for free from the court’s website.
Because of the nature of jail records, obtaining them in another state (or even a different county) is next to impossible. There are ways around this obstacle, however. One option is to find an online company who specializes in jail records, and who maintains a nationwide network of inmate and jail records. This type of business can provide access to national databases containing millions of names, including felony charges and warrants for arrest nationwide. Once you have found one of these databases, simply visit the website, provide some basic information about the person (including name, current and past addresses, social security number, and date of birth), and within seconds, get the information that you need.
If you’re looking for jail records in Texas, it’s pretty simple to find these online. Most of the companies will have preprinted versions of the jail record available in various formats (standard, microfilm, or electronic). Some companies will allow you to download a template, which you then fill out and submit. Then, someone at the company will print it out and mail it to you.
Another option for obtaining jail records in Texas is to go through the local courthouse. Although this method is faster, especially if you know where your records are, it can be more expensive. In some counties and cities, the cost of this method can easily exceed $100 per name lookup. If you do this, it is absolutely essential that the records be current and readily available. There are national databases of arrest records, but they aren’t always updated. Therefore, it’s imperative that you do a little research online to make certain that the records you are requesting are up to date and complete.
Regardless of what route you choose for jail records in Texas, you should keep in mind that you should never pay for a record search. Jail records are public information. The state offers free public access to court records on their website. However, if the person you’re investigating has a record with a local court, you may have to pay a small fee for this service.