How to Look up Old Murders: Can Anyone Look at Old Case Files?

Old murder (cold) case files are public records in the US, meaning anyone can view them through a simple request. You may submit a request at the local courthouse or local law enforcement headquarters. Note: arrest reports and crime and incident reports are not public records in some states. You may need a court order … Read more

Can I get a passport with a criminal record in Australia?

Reportable Offenders in Australia cannot travel outside the country without special permission. However, if you were convicted of non-reportable offenses and have completed your sentence, nothing is stopping you from getting a passport and leaving the country. Quick Take: Responsible Authority is the secretary to the department of foreign affairs and trade of the Commonwealth … Read more

CPS Case Laws: How long does a CPS (Child Protective Services) conviction stay on your record?

The work of CPS (Child Protective Services) is to investigate child abuse and neglect. Because of that, a CPS case conviction for child abuse or neglect will stay on your record for ten years after the youngest child in the report turns eighteen. Some records are permanent. Quick take: Parents have the option to choose … Read more

Traveling With a Criminal Record: Are felons allowed to travel outside Canada?

Canadian law does not prohibit felons from getting a passport, what is problematic is traveling outside the country with a criminal record. For convicts: You will need a Form I-192 to enter the United States or a waiver from the country you intend to travel to. Record suspension removes your criminal record from police database … Read more

Weird Christmas Laws From Around The World

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Was Christmas Illegal in the United States in the 17th century? Did the United Kingdom make it so that Santa couldn’t drive a car (much less his sleigh!)? Learn about all this and more with these weird and wacky laws from around the world. Some quick things to note before we get started Stay far … Read more

How to Block Listening Devices: Can a Phone or Other Device Secretly Record You?

Is my phone listening to me? Yes, and there could be other devices in your home. The question is, how do you block listening devices? Quick take: How to block listening devices: Use noise blocker or white noise generators to block long distance recording or hidden devices in your home. Use frequency scanners or infrared … Read more

How to Find Recent Arrest Records: Are Criminal Records Public?

Yes. Criminal records in the US are public record unless the arrestee is a minor. Here is how to find recent arrests, mugshots, and legal landmines you should be aware of. How to find recent arrests: quick take. Search local law enforcement websites. Arrest and criminal records are public records. Juvenile criminal records are not … Read more

Can Felon’s Travel Outside the US: What Countries Can You Travel to with a Felony?

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Yes, felons can travel outside the country because the law allows them to get a passport, the question is, what country are you traveling to or intending to travel to? Below is what you need to know. Quick take: can felons travel outside the US? Felons can travel outside the country after completing their sentence … Read more

Road Rage Laws: Endangering Other People On a Highway is a Punishable Offense

Yes, your actions while expressing indignation may constitute a felony or misdemeanor under state and federal road rage laws/aggressive driving laws. It may also impact your insurance and license rights. Quick take: Road rage becomes a crime (illegal) when either party engages in reckless aggressive driving, assaults the other or causes property damage. Related charges … Read more

Homicide Cold Case Repository – Are Cold Case Files Available to the Public?

Homicide Cold Cases Repository by State Note: Some states have a state-wide central repository while others have databases specific to counties, cities, and towns. Please note that if you are using a .gov website from outside of the United States you may need to use a VPN to gain access. State City Cold Case Website … Read more