Frequently Asked Questions

I created this site for a few reasons:
  1. I didn't like the version on Fairfax Underground (I wanted better search capabilities).
  2. I think it's kinda cool to see what's going on in my county at this level.
  3. I was bored. This is probably the most dominant reason.
Of course, with this kind of information there are some controversies. I'm not an a$$, so I wanted to take some time to clear things up, as well as offer some tips and tricks for searching/sorting/etc...
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Contents

  1. Where did I get this info?
  2. Why don't my searches work?
  3. How do I remove myself? I don't want to be on here.

1. Where did I get this info?

Fairfax County posts a weekly (or pretty close to it) list of "arrests" in the county. It's online, and you can view it here. However, if you look at it yourself, all you see is a big list of boring text. To do any sort of searching, you have to use your browser's search feature (which generally gets you scattered results). Plus, the list only lasts 1 week, and then the new list is posted. Anything beyond 1 week and you will have to go get the info from the records office at the courthouse. This information never becomes "not public."

So, I made this site. I wrote a small program (a script really) that simply reads that file, and stores the information in a database. Because all the information is split apart and stored efficiently, searching becomes much more powerful.

2. Why don't my searches work?

Well, searching can be tricky. But, when you do it correctly, you can really narrow things down. Below is some information and tips on searching:

Hopefully that helps. I can't cover every scenario, but try a few times different ways and you'll figure it out.

3. How do I remove myself?

This is where things get touchy. Obviously, there will be some people that don't want to be on here. Maybe their charges were dropped, or it was a long time ago, or they just dont want to be on here.

As I said before, these are charges...none of these records mean someone actually "did it."

Regardless, these records weren't "hacked," I didn't steal them...they were posted, by the county, on a public website. People could have printed the weekly posting and put it in a binder for ages. I could go to the courthouse right now, and get all this information all over again, albeit in document form, but it's the public's right to view this information. Your name never disappears from these charges. If the public wants it, the public can get it.

With that said, I understand most people will not go to the courthouse to access the public records of our great county named after Lord Fairfax. The record being posted here, makes it much more accessible to the public. Either way, I'm not an a$$. I will kindly remove one of your charges, or you altogether from the database. Simply e-mail me (admin@onlyinnova.com) with your name (as it appears on the site) and let me know if you want a charge to disappear...or if you want to disappear altogether.

If you're simply concerned that a record is wrong, but don't care that you are on the site, you can also e-mail me. Of course, include your name and such along with your request.

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