Law Enforcement Information Network Access –
Michigan LEIN : The Law Enforcement Information Network is a computerized criminal justice database that includes a person’s criminal history, including criminal arrests, criminal convictions and driving record information, even containing records from other states. It is maintained by the Michigan State Police and tied into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center.
Who can access it? Law enforcement officials, including police officers, sheriff’s deputies, prosecutors and judges. It is to be used for official criminal justice purposes only. Officers are forbidden from using it for personal use or from providing it to third parties like employers, private investigators or private citizens. Accordingly, no background check provider can legally access this information or sell it.
Criminal penalties for the misuse of LEIN are provided in Section 4 of the CJIS Policy Council Act, MCL 28.214, which specifically states:
- For a first offense, guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.
- For a second or subsequent offense, guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 4 years or a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both.
The Michigan LEIN system holds information beyond criminal convictions, such as police contact that did not result in a criminal conviction, and therefore is NOT part of public record.
Who investigates a violation? Normally, a local police agency, unless there is a conflict of interest.
For information about having a comprehensive Michigan criminal record search conducted, please click here.
Source of info about LEIN: CJIS Policy Council