Who maintains arrest records and what do they include?
Local police departments and the state Department of Justice keep arrest records. According to law, they cannot show such records to anyone except law enforcement officers, and may only show records of your convictions to certain licensing agencies which have a right by state law to investigate your criminal background.
The arrest record includes when and why you were arrested, whether the charges against you were dismissed or whether you were convicted of the charges and the subsequent sentence imposed. Pleading guilty, no contest or being found guilty after a trial count as convictions.
If you are convicted of a crime, are placed on probation and successfully complete probation, you may be able to have the conviction set aside and the case dismissed. This may be helpful for employment background checks after probation is completed. If you are convicted of certain felonies and you successfully complete probation, you may ask that the felony be reduced to a misdemeanor.