With criminal checks being one of the most important components of a background screening policy, it’s normal to wonder if background checks show warrants. Keep reading to learn more about warrants and gain some useful insights about how and when they show up on a background check.
What Is a Warrant?
Simply put, a warrant is an order issued by a court that authorizes the police to do something. There are different types of warrants, depending on the type of action they authorize. These are some of the most common:
- Arrest warrant. Authorizes the police to take a person accused of a crime into custody.
- Bench warrant. Authorizes the arrest of a person who has been held in contempt of court.
- Search warrant. Gives the police authority to search for certain objects at a specific location and time.
Do Background Checks Show Warrants?
Armed with some basic understanding of warrants, now we can tackle the main question. Do warrants show up on background checks?
The answer, in general, is “it depends.” It depends on the type of warrant and on other factors will outline below.
When it comes to warrants and background screening, there are some caveats to keep in mind. For example, background checks usually don’t show search warrants.
As for arrest warrants, if an arrest warrant is “open” (meaning that it hasn’t been executed yet), it probably won’t turn up on a background check.
However, once an arrest warrant is executed, it becomes part of the public record and it will appear on background checks.
If you have other questions about background screening and warrants, contact Plexus Global today. We’ll be happy to discuss your specific case and provide the answers you need.
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