Vermont Criminal Records
What are Criminal Records?
Vermont criminal records refer to the official documents which contain the criminal history information of persons within the states jurisdiction. The information contained in these records are assembled from a variety of sources and organized in online record depositories that may be available to the public in the form of a Criminal Background Report. These records most detail all misdemeanor and felony crimes of a subject as well any consequent arrests, indictments and convictions following their alleged involvement in criminal activity.
What is Contained in a Criminal Record?
Vermont criminal records primarily include:
- The personal data of the subject -- including their full name and aliases, birthdate, nationality and gender
- Current and former addresses of the subject
- A mugshot and full set of fingerprints
- Details of criminal offenses and indictments
- Relevant and non-confidential conviction information
- Details of any stand-out identifiers
What are Vermont Arrest Records?
Vermont arrest records are official documents which provide information regarding the apprehension and detention of a person following their alleged involvement in criminal activity. They indicate that the subject of the record has been held for investigation and/or questioning by any law enforcement or military authority. These records are generated by the investigating jurisdiction but do not constitute proof of the subjects involvement in the alleged crime.
Vermont arrest records typically include:
- The full name & alias of the subject of the record
- The gender, birthdate and nationality/ethnicity of the subject
- The place and date of the arrest
- The name of the arresting officer/issuer of the warrant
- The most current case status
- The address of the detention facility (where the arrestee was/is held)
What are Arrest Warrants in Vermont?
Vermont arrest warrants are court-issued orders which provide legal authorization for the arrest and detention of persons suspected of criminal activity. Warrants may also authorize the search and/or confistication of private property depending on the case. These are primarily issued by judges for local law enforcement agencies and often indicate the name(s) of the person(s) to be arrested, the alleged criminal offense as well as a validity period. As per Vermont state law, local law enforcement officers may arrest persons without a warrant if the arresting officer is witness to the alleged crime or if the arrestee is suspected of a felony.
What is a Misdemeanor in Vermont?
Vermont misdemeanors are non-indictable offenses generally considered to be less severe than felonies. In the state of Vermont, these crimes are typically punishable less than two years in jail. However, while most states categorize misdemeanors using a number-based system which ranks crimes based on severity, the state of Vermont simply ascribes sentences on a crime-by-crime basis. However, most misdemeanors are considered to be criminal offenses of mid-level severity.
Some examples of Misdemeanor crimes in Vermont include:
- Possession of specific quantities of a controlled substance
- Violation of a restraining order
- Disorderly conduct
- Simple assault
What is a Felony in Vermont?
Vermont felony offenses refer to serious crimes which are punishable by a minimum of one year and a maximum of the death penalty or fines of up to $500,000. However, unlike other states which designate felonies by class (in increasing or decreasing severity), Vermont lawmakers do not operate a classification system. Rather, penalties are ascribed on a crime-by-crime basis, with more serious crimes receiving severe penalties. Generally speaking, felonies in Vermont are punishable by at least two years in state prison and the most serious crimes in Vermont are punishable by life in prison or death (for murder only). Common Vermont State felonies include:
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Possession of large quantities of marijuana
- Animal cruelty
- Criminal negligence
- Vehicular homicide
Vermont Sex Offender Listings
Vermont sex offender listings refer to the various public registries which feature information regarding persons convicted of sex crimes. These registries are typically compiled by the law enforcement agencies of various jurisdictions which primarily list offenders in a specific locality. In addition to the local listings, the Vermont Department of Public Safety maintains the states central Sex Offender Registry which features information regarding statewide offenders. Contained in these listings are the personal data, addresses and criminal history of convicted sex offenders. As per U.S. law, registrants of sex offender listings are at the discretion of the jugde. A court may order an adult to register as a sex offender if the crime they were convicted of was only sexual motivated but not a textbook sex crime.
Vermont Megan’s Law
The state of Vermont (along with other U.S states) operates by the federally established Megan's Law which requires the creation and maintainance of sex offender registries in order to provide information on registered sex offenders to the public. Its establishment was motivated by the rape and murder of 7-year-old New Jersey resident Megan Kanka by a sex offender who lived in the girl's own neighborhood. Soon the passage of the first Megan's Law in the state of New Jersey, the federal government implemented a requirement that all states establish sex offender registries and provide the public with information about those registered. Any person convicted of a sex crime in Vermont on or after July 1, 1996, any person incarcerated or supervised by the Department of Corrections on or after July 1, 1996 is required to register.
What is a Serious Traffic Violation?
A serious traffic violation in the state of Vermont refers to the most severe form of traffic-related infractions which often involves the willful disregard for public safety and typically results in damage to property, serious bodily injury, and death. They include offenses such as reckless driving, DUI or DWI, and moving violations of various kinds and their penalties may range from thousands in fines to suspended driving privileges and jail time. VT traffic ticket fines and surcharges vary by violation. If the Vermont Judicial Bureau finds an offender guilty of a traffic violation, the offender will receive points on your driving record. If you accumulate 10 points or more within 2 years, the Vermont driver's license will be suspended.
What are Conviction Records?
Vermont conviction records are documents which provide information regarding the indictment, plea and judgement sentence of a person with regard to an alleged crime. They indicate that an indicted person was guilty following their plea or a court proceeding, and has been ascribed a suitable penalty following their conviction. Essentially, these records detail relevant information regarding the crime for which they were convicted as well as the final judgement delivered. It also includes details of adjudications, dishonorable discharges, probation, fines and paroles issued subsequent to the initial judgement. Criminal convictions are typically rendered by either a jury of peers or a judge in a court of law and often excludes final judgments which were deleted by a pardon.
What are Jail and Inmate Records in Vermont?
Vermont jail and inmate records are official documents pertaining to persons who are incarcerated within the state and correctional facilities in which their housed within the states jurisdiction. These records often detail the inmate-specific data such as the full name and alias, their birth date, nationality/ethnicity, gender, and other biological information as well as crime-related data such as their criminal indictments and sentences.
Generally, most inmate-related information can be accessed by the public. Vermont Department of Corrections maintains an inmate database which is searchable online and can provide both general and inmate-specific information such as an inmates biodata and criminal charges as well as the detainee's incarceration date and prospective release date. Any information unavailable on the online database may be obtained by querying the facility where the inmate is housed.
Where to find Parole Information in Vermont
Vermont parole records refer to official documents that indicate that an inmate was released prior to the completion of their maximum sentence following their adherence to the requirements of the state parole board.
All Vermont parole information is generated and maintained by the Vermont Parole Board, which provides these records to interested persons upon request. In addition to providing online resources, the VPB also provides details of eligibility requirements and general conditions for persons who have been granted parole. Interested members of the public may query the board for view updates regarding the parole status of specific inmates and/or the conditions required. Offenders may be searched by their full name or designated parole number (if assigned). The board is at liberty to impose any conditions of parole it deems appropriate in order to ensure the best interests of the prisoner and the citizens of Vermont are served.
What are Probation Records in Vermont?
Vermont probation records are official documents indicating that an inmate has been allowed to serve their sentences out of custody and under strict supervision. The nature of a probation may vary from one offender to the other and as such probation records are often unique to the offender. Generally however, these records feature the personal information of the inmate concerned as well as the required conditions imposed by the judge and probation officer as well as the length of the sentence. Probation sentences are typically issued in proportion to the crime committed and its conditions are also impacted by the severity of the crime as well as the individual’s criminal history.
What are Juvenile Criminal Records?
Vermont juvenile criminal records are official records pertaining to criminal activity committed by children or adolescents who are not yet of legal adult age. Unlike adult convicts, juveniles are not considered to be convicted but “adjudicated delinquents.” As per Vermont state laws, these records are confidential and members of the public have limited rights to attend hearings involving persons under legal age. Juveniles are not considered convicts but delinquents if proven guilty of a crime. Juvenile criminal records which often include arrest records, detention center records, and records of proceedings involving juveniles are confidential but remain accessible to landlords, school organizations and employers unless the individual petitions to have it expunged. Persons found adjudicated delinquent to a criminal offense, may not respond “yes” if asked whether they have ever been convicted of a crime, unless if probed specifically regarding adjudicated delinquency.
Vermont History and Accuracy of Criminal Records
Record keeping in Vermont depends primarily on each of the recordkeeping and technological capabilities of the jurisdiction where the record is generated. Most criminal records in the state go back as far as the 1970s when the earliest efforts to centralize and compile criminal and arrest data into an organized database were made. With the advent of technological advancements beginning in the 1990s, the quality and accuracy of record-keeping improved exponentially. These advancements have significantly improved the process of retrieval. The alternative methods of record retrieval offered by independent aggregate sites like StateRecords.org are equally hassle-free, and in most cases, this is the expeditious option.