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Yes, there is 2 ways to search for criminal records for free.
The first way is to use Google. Type the following: "[name of the state] crminal records" For example, type: "new york criminal records" without the quotes. Look for websites ending with either .GOV or .US. Those are the official websites of the state that allows you do to free criminal check.
The other free way is to use a website called Criminal Searches (the link to the website is below on this page in the resources section.) This is totally free website to obtain criminal records.