How to Begin
If you drink, drive, and get pulled over, you could end up with a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge tacked onto your permanent criminal record. A DUI isn’t something to be taken lightly – it’s both a serious traffic infraction and serious criminal infraction.
For passengers, it’s comforting to know that your driver has never been arrested for driving under the influence. But what if you’re not sure? What if you need to know? How can you get this information? What you need is a breakdown on how to find DUI arrest records: where to search, how to search, and how much a search may cost you.
How to Find Out if Someone Has a DUI Arrest Record
If you want to know if someone has a DUI arrest record, there are a few places you can to go to find that information.
People Finder search engines are a good place to start. Because a DUI arrest goes on both your criminal and driving record, the information in the report is considered public record and can be searched by People Finder websites. This method is the fastest, but unless you know all the information about who you’re searching, you could get details on the wrong person.
Your local police station will have all the records for the city on file. You can stop in during business hours to request a report. It might take some time, but these records are up-to-date and accurate. Plus, if you have any questions about the report, an officer should be able to answer them for you.
County Clerk’s Office
You could also try calling the county clerk, or visiting them online or in person. While this method takes more time than searching on a People Finder website, you’re probably going to get more accurate and reliable results. Depending on where you live, you might be able to access the records online, although you typically have to make an actual trip to the county office.
More Info about How to Find Records Online
People Finder search engines are great, but because they collect a person’s ENTIRE online profile, the full report can be both lengthy and pricey. Fortunately, these sites aren’t your only option.
You can try sites like dmv.org to search someone’s driving record. The report will still cost you a few dollars, but it will give you access to the full record including any tickets or arrests.
You can also visit your state’s Department of Public Safety webpage. Most states maintain a public site for criminal history searches. The information published is public record, so you should be able to find DUI arrest information, but only if there was a conviction. The search engine may require you to create an account and pay to use it. Depending on the state, the fee could vary, but shouldn’t be more than a few dollars. You’ll want to have as much information on the person you are searching as possible (full name and birthdate) for the most accurate results.
Is There a Place to Find Free Records?
Unfortunately, no. Almost anywhere you go, pulling a DUI arrest record is going to cost you at least a few dollars for processing. However, you might be lucky enough to live in a state, county, or city that offers free reports from the police department or county clerk’s office.
How to Find Jail DUI Records
If you want to find out if someone has served jail time for their DUI, the fastest way to get accurate (and most likely free) results, it to visit your county’s government webpage. From there you should be able to look up case records and jail records. The jail record page allows you to enter the name of the person you suspect has a jail record. This doesn’t apply to everyone who’s been arrested for DUI, only those who’ve been convicted for it. If you’re having trouble finding the jail records, you could try searching the terms “inmate database,” or “inmate lookup.”
How to Find DUI Mugshots
Visit your police department’s webpage at your city’s government website. The department may have a link to recent mugshot photos. The photos are added to the site after the person is arrested, but before a trial. Some cities offer this information for free, others require you to pay to see the mugshot.
FindMugshots.com is a private search engine that searches arrest records and mugshots. You just enter the name of the person you’re interested in, along with the state, and the program pulls all the arrest records for that individual. If your city offers free access to mugshots, the picture will be included in the search results. The search will also show their arrest record including any charges, but there may be a fee. The downfall to these sites is that the most recent mugshots aren’t always available online.
It’s a Small Price to Pay for Peace of Mind
Even though you’ll most likely have to pay at least a few dollars to search someone’s driving or criminal record, knowing ahead of time that the person you are searching has a DUI on their record is a big deal. Once you know, you can take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones out of harm’s way. And that’s worth all the money in the world.