How to do a free and legal background check online.

First, let me state that I'm not looking to do anything sinister. But, someone close to me is getting involved with someone that may have a questionable background. Is there a free and legal way to do a criminal background check on someone? I've never done anything like this before so I really wouldn't know where to begin so I thought I'd start here. Thanks.
mcpp661Asked:
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ProotsCommented:
A comprehensive background check is always going to cost money.  If you are somewhat familiar with where the person in question has lived recently, you can check the appropriate county / state circuit court websites.  Searches on these websites are typically free, and will reveal charges / legal cases involving your target.  More often than not, you can see the nature of the charges, and what the judgement / verdict was.  It gets the job done if you're just checking someone for drugs / theft / domestic violence, etc.   Good luck.
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motnahp00Commented:
Hardly anything is free online. I used this site a few years ago: www.peoplelookup.com
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mcpp661Author Commented:
Yeah, I'm not looking for comprehensive info. I just want to know if this person on drugs. I'll try your suggestion, hopefully I can turn something up. Thanks.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I'd try Google, Facebook, and Myspace first.  It's amazing what some people reveal about themselves online.
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