Federal Criminal Records Search
Is your candidate a criminal? Would you know if they were just by reviewing their resume and interviewing them? Even if they were, do you know for sure if you have the legal right to refuse them employment?
Questions like these are making it difficult for employers all across America to find candidates they can rely on and trust. No employer wants to hire a criminal who is set on harming the business, stealing, or causing havoc, but it isn’t always as easy as simply refusing to hire criminals. Many states (including our own state of California) have passed laws that define exactly how, when, and why employers can use criminal records to refuse hire. This places businesses in an awkward position; do they protect the business and risk compliance issues, or allow criminals in and risk the business?
Due to this, many businesses are not sure if, when, or how they can screen applicants. IMI Data’s Federal Criminal Records Search eliminates this pain point by allowing employers to screen for federal crimes without risking compliance. Our robust platform searches multiple federal databases to identify current crimes, past crimes, and in some cases, court cases for felonies that have not yet reached conviction.
What is a Federal Criminal Records Search?
A Federal Criminal Records Search reveals important information about federal cases and crimes that have a significantly high risk to negatively impact a business. This screening measure gives recruiters a powerful method for identifying the most risky criminals who have been convicted of very serious, violent, or severe crimes. IMI Data Search’s Federal Criminal Records Search reviews federal databases for red flags and evidence of past convictions.
What is a Federal Crime?
A “federal crime” is any crime made illegal by federal law under Title 18 of the United States Code. This designation differs from county, municipal, state, and national criminal law. People often refer to a federal crime as a “federal case” because the Supreme Court punishes most federal crimes.
When IMI Data Search runs a Federal Criminal Records Search Report, we screen specific federal databases from a number of organizations:
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
- The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- The U.S. Department of Justice
- Many other government entities
IMI Data’s federal screening algorithm cross-checks candidate information against almost 100 different databases. As a result, this multi-faceted approach to screening produces results that are accurate, reliable, trustworthy, and free from potential bias or errors.
Our results allow us to provide you with the most up-to-date information on your candidate. This includes when they committed the crime, how they were punished for it, and whether they are still on conditions or on parole.
Generally, federal crimes are much more serious than other crimes. For federal law to penalize a crime, it must either cross state lines or somehow impact the security, safety, or financial status of either America as a whole or its citizens. The U.S. Department of Justice sees these crimes as immensely high-risk.
The types of crimes revealed by a Federal Criminal Records Search vary, but frequently involve businesses either directly or indirectly.
Common Federal Crimes Identified in Reports
These are a few of our most common identified crimes:
- Drug offenses
- Financial fraud
- White-collar crimes
- Tax fraud or evasion
- Immigration offenses
- Robbery (armed or unarmed)
- Kidnapping (including parental)
- Illegal sales or trafficking of firearms
- Murder or manslaughter (1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree)
- Child pornography (possession and/or distribution)
- Violent crimes against children (including abuse)
Most convictions for federal crimes result in years of jail time or extensive sentences and punitive measures. Thus, employers who identify proof of a federal crime should always assume that the crime committed was serious.
Why You Need Federal Criminal Record Checks
Take a quick glance at the list of most commonly identified crimes found in a Federal Criminal Records Search above. Due to these commonly identified crimes, it’s easy to see why a Federal Criminal Records Search is mission-critical business intelligence for recruiting entities. Hiring someone who is capable of committing such crimes is very likely to place your business, your employees, or your clients at risk for becoming the criminal’s next victim. Because of this high risk behavior, it’s important to thoroughly screen applicants for such behavior.
As a business, you have a duty to protect the people who work for you and the general public. If you hire someone with an extensive record of committing federal crimes, and that individual goes on to harm someone while in the line of work, you could be held responsible. Consequences range from fines to multi-million dollar lawsuits for negligent hiring and liability after personal injuries. If the new employee commits murder, you could even be criminally charged as an accessory to the fact.
The ability to identify the potential for white collar crime records is also extremely important for high-level business executives, financial advisors, accountants, public sector employees, and anyone working with confidential information. Because of this danger, allowing a criminal access to your business within these positions can result in extreme loss or harm.
How IMI Data Helps with Federal Criminal Records Search
At IMI Data Search, we know how important it is to be able to access the business intelligence you need without risking compliance along the way. New and complex Ban the Box laws have made it difficult for businesses to understand when they can and cannot screen – and when they can use what they find to make a hiring decision.
IMI Data Search relieves confusion by streamlining the screening process. Due to this streamlined process, you can access, order, and review reports all from a single login or integratable software solution. Stop-gap measures alert, protect, and guide you from the moment you order until you close the case. This keeps you informed and in line with state and federal compliance regulations. It’s smart, easy, affordable, and effective. Best of all, partnering with IMI Data means you have support when you need it most. We’re always just a telephone call or email away when you need critical advice on screening.
Want to see the IMI Data advantage for yourself? Dial 800-860-7779 and speak with a screening expert today. We’re happy to demonstrate and correlate just how easy screening can really be with the right partner.