The development of this system has helped manage the state's criminal reports. This makes it easier and simpler for the residents to request for a copy of their arrest records anytime they have a need for it. The time spent in the retrieval process has also been lessened which can also help not only the resident but also the government as well.
Before the development of the Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History system, retrieval has to be done at the right office to avoid hassle and delay. It usually takes one complete day to file the request. The results of the search can be delivered only after 14 days since the request was filed. All of the time spent in waiting can be avoided by searching for the document using the online system. One can get the results of the search after filling out the form and doing only a few clicks on the mouse.
As the name of the document suggest, one will find details about the arrest. Information as to where and when the arrest happened is carefully documented on the file. The document would not be considered legal and valid without the complete name of the person who is involved with the incident. Details such as the individual's birth place and birth date as well as the residence address are also included in the file. One will know the offense and the crimes that the individual has committed that lead him to the arrest. The names of the witnesses and the prosecutor who took the case are not available on a public file. This was done to protect them from any harm or threat.
Requesting for a copy of an arrest record in the state of Pennsylvania is for only $10. The Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History allows even guests of the site to use it. However, not all of the files are available for public access. One is only allowed to obtain a copy of their personal files. Those who need to access the records of other people would have to present an authorization letter to proceed. Employers, agencies, organizations as well as authorized individuals need not present any authorization letter to proceed.
Most websites now have linked and connected their server to the state's online database. This allows a broad and thorough search in order to provide the best possible result to the users. One can choose to pay for the search or get the Public Criminal Records free. Doing a free search is made possible by using the website's trial offerings; however, the search conducted is not as thorough compared to the id search. This is the reason why residents of Pennsylvania still prefer the paid option.