Each state provides a different search method.
Take California for example. Let's suppose you have a criminal record report that says the violation was California Penal Code Section 451. Go to the California link below, click the box next to "Penal Code," then enter 451 in the box and click on "Search." They'll give you more than one result, but it's a short list and you can easily identify the one you want (Penal Code Section 450-457.1). Click on it, and you'll find Penal Code 451: "A person is guilty of arson when he or she willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned or who aids, counsels, or procures the burning of, any structure, forest land, or property."
Many states have search fields you can use to find a code section but some only offer text versions that you have to scroll through to find what you need. Most aren't difficult though. Kentucky, for example, takes you to a page that lists all of their revised statutes. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll find "Title L - Kentucky Penal Code." Suppose you have a report that says the charge is 506.040. You'd click on "Chapter 506 Inchoate Offenses," then click on ".040 Criminal conspiracy" and you'll receive a pdf document that provides the details of Penal Code 506.040, Criminal conspiracy.
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