National Wants and Warrants Search
Businesses face significant liability and loss risks every single day. To lessen these risks, most business owners or managers enact risk management protocols that reveal red flags and prevent damaging business decisions. Sometimes, these protocols include a national wants and warrants search.
In recruiting, risk management is mostly a process of identifying who candidates are, whether or not you can trust them, and how likely they are to cause your business harm in some way.
Applicants with criminal records are typically considered a heightened risk for employers because past behavior often predicts future behavior. If a candidate had a run-in with the law in the past, they are much more likely to have another run-in again in the future. The problem is when they experience that run-in in the line of work.
A new hire steals from the till. An employee lashes out at another employee in anger, striking them. Your brand-new candidate is inappropriate with a customer. Situations like these can spur on liability suits or loss costing your business thousands of dollars. It pays to do everything you can to prevent these bad hires in the first place.
What is a National Wants and Warrants Search?
IMI Data Search’s National Wants and Warrants Search reviews nationwide results from thousands of law enforcement and justice agencies. Rather than screening candidates for past convictions, it reveals arrest warrants and wanted criminal information in real-time. When combined with any other Criminal Record Search, this provides a much clearer picture of your applicant.
Our National Wants and Warrants Search reviews many law enforcement databases, including:
- County Court
- Family Court
- Traffic Court
- Local police
- State Troopers
- Sheriff’s offices
- State District Attorney’s offices
- The Department of Corrections (DOC)
- The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
- The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
- The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)
- Other government justice agencies
National Wants and Warrants Searches may also reveal bench warrants, search warrants, or arrest warrants. Warrants may also be issued for minor offenses, like misdemeanors or traffic tickets.
Note that most employers cannot refuse to hire on the basis of an open warrant alone. However, there are exceptions. Businesses operating in specific industries (such as finance, healthcare, education, intelligence, or securities) must adhere to legal requirements that prevent them from hiring in the presence of an open warrant for safety and security reasons.
Vulnerable and sensitive industries may also be permitted to refuse hire if the warrant is for a crime that directly relates to the position being offered. For example, you cannot hire a bank teller with an open warrant for bank fraud. Similarly, you cannot hire a physician with an open warrant for sexual abuse of a patient.
Why You Need a National Wants and Warrants Search
Wants and Warrants Searches are incredibly useful to employers because they reveal secret risk indicators. Unfortunately, candidates have little to no motivating factors encouraging honesty about open warrants or wanted status.
By law, all Americans must report wanted criminals to the agency seeking the criminal the moment they become aware of their presence. If an applicant reveals their warrant status by choice, the recruiter or employer will likely report them, resulting in their arrest. They may feel that lying is the only available option.
Candidates who are running from the law still need to support themselves. Because they cannot seek assistance from social services and programs, they will often attempt to find work instead. Many move to a new town, state, or city, choosing entry-level or low-skill positions. They assume that employers won’t dig deep into their criminal histories. Unfortunately, they’re often correct; too many employers hire off of first impressions only to discover their criminal status once it’s too late.
You need IMI Data’s National Wants and Warrants Search because recruiting intelligence matters. You cannot judge a candidate’s character or trustworthiness if you cannot see the whole picture, and past convictions alone don’t necessarily achieve this goal. A candidate could be facing their first crime, running from the law for the first time, or facing open warrants for repeated irresponsible decisions that preclude them from employment. He or she could also be awaiting trial on a serious offense like embezzlement, fraud, domestic violence, or even sexual assault.
Hiring candidates with open warrants is risky business. If they are eventually guilty, and the courts find them guilty after hire, you may be unable to fire them based on the conviction alone. This could place your business in a precarious legal situation.
Furthermore, hiring individuals guilty of certain crimes may cause serious harm to your reputation. A school who hires someone with an open warrant for sexual assault on a minor makes themselves appear irresponsible and ignorant of safety concerns. A courier or transportation company who hire someone with an open warrant for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) becomes instantly questionable in the public eye.
How IMI Data Helps with Wants and Warrants Searches
IMI Data Search makes screening fast, secure, accurate, and reliable – all while ensuring you remain in compliance with FCRA, EEOC, and ADA regulations. When you run a National Wants and Warrants Search with us, we don’t just provide you with a list of results; we cross-match each positive result for accuracy and reliability.
When you run a this search, IMI Data first identifies the presence of warrants. Then, we identify the issuing agency and as much information as is legally available to you about the warrant issued.
If an open warrant exists, we’ll contact the issuing agency to determine whether it’s accurate and/or still current so you can feel confident about your final result. If your candidate disputes the information, we’ll also provide information on how they (and you) can officially correct the mistake.
IMI Data Search also provides you with contact information for the issuing agency. This makes it easier to fulfill mandatory reporting requirements. You are also encouraged to contact IMI Data Sesrch and the issuing organization(s) directly if you have questions about your results.
IMI Data’s National Wants and Warrants Searches ensure that you have access to real-time red flags for every candidate you screen. We recommend all employers and recruiters add Wants and Warrants searches to their screening program for increased transparency, improved business decisions, and most importantly, improved recruiting results.