Delaware’s local and state law enforcement handles all requests for arrest records in the state. They are processed through fingerprint data, and the requestor must provide a photo ID when requesting a copy for someone else. If they are looking for a copy for themselves and they are younger than 18, they will need to have parental permission. A state-level criminal record including arrests will cost $52. However, a state and federal criminal record costs $65. Someone can request copies in person and pay with cash, check, money order or credit card.
Yes, arrest records are included in publicly available criminal records that someone can obtain from state agencies. The $52 or $65 fee varies depending on the type, and the requestor must have fingerprints as well.
A Delaware arrest record will show a good amount of detail like the date of arrest, arresting officer, arresting agency and booking details. It will also show the charges, the location of the crime, fingerprints, and mug shot if one was taken. If any vehicles were involved, the details about them will be on there also. Also included will be general information like name, address, phone, email, height, weight, race, age and gender.
The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Delaware, going from 2,429 crimes in 2006 to 2,112 by 19% lower than it was back in 2006. The largest percentage of violent crimes falls into the Aggravated Assault category, with Revised Rape being the least popular crime in the state.
Delaware peace officers are authorized to arrest someone in the state. They define arrest as “the taking of a person into custody in order that the person may be forthcoming to answer for the commission of a crime.” A Delaware peace officer may arrest someone for a misdemeanor without a warrant if the peace officer has reasonable ground to suspect that the person committed the crime. Additionally, a peace officer can arrest someone for a felony without a warrant if they believe someone committed a felony whether or not one was committed.
Delaware allows only authorized peace officers to arrest people. A sheriff or deputy sheriff are not allowed to arrest anyone. Some out of state police may also make arrests in Delaware in certain circumstances. Any private citizen has the right to arrest even without a warrant and deliver the suspect to the police.
Unless someone goes through the process to have their record expunged, their arrest records will stay on their criminal history forever. In some cases when they were arrested for a crime but never convicted, or were never charged, the state may deem the case mandatory for expungement, and if they fill out the proper paperwork, the state will delete all arrest records within 60 days.
Yes, Delaware has two options for expungement, one is mandatory, and the other is discretionary expungement. In the case where someone has been arrested but not charged or convicted, the state has to process their expungement within 60 days if they qualify with the other requirements. In the case of discretionary expungement and the person was convicted, they must follow a strict set of conditions. When applying they must pay a $75 fee and fill out some forms and file them with the Prothonotary’s Office. The entire process can take anywhere from six to twelve weeks.
The crime rate in Delaware is 28.94 per 1000 residents. For 2017 there were 27,838 arrests. Four thousand three hundred sixty-one of them were for violent crime, and the other 23,477 were for property crime. Only 334 of the violent crimes were sexual assaults. Theft accounted for most of the property crime arrests with a total of 18,138. While 3,970 of them were burglary related and the other 1,369 were motor vehicles stolen.
Most of the violent crime offenders in Delaware were 20-29 and the largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.
|Offenders w/ reported age||5,100|
|Victims w/ reported age||4,530|
Residence Home is the place where the majority of crimes in Delaware were committed, in most of the crime cases the offender was a relationship unknown.
|Drug Store/Doctors Office/Hospital||53|
|Other Family Member||107|
The popular arrests for 2017 in Delaware was for Other Assaults - 7,136, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Delaware and Illinois. The least popularity had Gambling arrests - with only 21 crimes a year.
|Arrest Type||Under 18||All ages||Total arrests|
|Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter||1||42||43|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||35||136||171|
|Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing||73||401||474|
|Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc.||82||338||420|
|Sex Offenses (except rape and prostitution)||37||122||159|
|Drug Abuse Violations||335||4,015||4,350|
|All Other Offenses (except traffic)||364||5,979||6,343|
|Curfew and Loitering Law Violations||33||33||66|