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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Georgia

Local and state law enforcement in Georgia handle all arrest record requests. Georgia has a felony search website where the general public can look up someone who was arrested and charged with a felony in the state. They offer name-based searches. If someone needs a fingerprint search, they would need to contact the actual law enforcement agency. On the state website, they provide information about how to correct a criminal history or identity fraud.

Are Arrest Records public in Georgia?

Yes. According to Georgia’s O.C.G.A. §35-3-34 (d.2), the general public can legally access criminal and arrest records for people in the state. When requesting, there is a small fee due for each report requested, but the information is readily available.

What Information You Can Find in a state Criminal Report?

What Information You Can Find in Georgia Arrest Report?

Among the information contained on a Georgia arrest report, will be the name, date of birth, gender, race, height, weight, along with other physical description attributes like tattoos and scars. Additionally, arrest information like the arresting officer, arresting agency, date of arrest, charges, dispositions, court cases, attorney information, and if the person went to jail will also be on there. If there were any vehicles involved, that information would be on there as well.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Georgia, going from 19,125 crimes in 2006 to 17,452 by 16% 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.

Georgia Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Laws

Georgia Arrest Laws

Any judge or magistrate can issue an arrest warrant. Both sheriffs and peace officers are allowed to arrest someone without a warrant if they have proper probable cause to suspect them of a crime. If someone tries to escape or they believe them to be a danger to others or destroy evidence, again, they can arrest them without a warrant. If they witness someone committing a felony or misdemeanor, they can arrest them as well. If someone confronts a police officer with a deadly weapon, they are allowed to use deadly force in apprehending them.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Georgia?

In Georgia, both police officers and sheriffs can arrest an individual who they witness committing a crime or for whom they have an arrest warrant. In some cases, police officials can arrest someone without a warrant, but they must follow specific guidelines. Private citizens cannot arrest anyone with a warrant but without it, they can as long as they witness someone committing a felony or misdemeanor or they are aware that they have committed one. You must not use excessive force when conducting a citizen’s arrest.

How Long Will an Arrest Report Stay on your Georgia State Records?

Felonies and misdemeanors will stay on a record in Georgia forever if the offender doesn’t take action. However, they first must comply with some requirements, and even then, those offenses that will be sealed are limited. Someone must wait two years after a misdemeanor offense to apply, and they must wait four years for a felony. For more serious felonies they must wait seven years before applying for the sealing or expunging of their record. Some violent, drug and sex crimes will stay on a person’s record forever; they cannot be removed.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes, however, Georgia has strict laws about it, and it could be complicated and expensive. If someone was arrested but never charged or convicted, they could apply. If they were charged and completed a drug treatment program (dictated by the court), then they can apply. If they were found not guilty of all charges they may also apply for expungement or sealing of their criminal record. There are also other restrictions that they must comply with if they want to petition the court for expungement.

The Arrest Rate in Georgia

Arrest Rate in Georgia

In 2017, there were 335,556 arrests for crimes committed in Georgia. Georgia’s crime rate is 32.17 per 1000 residents. Violent crimes accounted for 23,793 of the total.

Georgia Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Georgia was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 73,539, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Suspicion arrests - with only 20 crimes a year.

Arrest Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime 1,206 10,843 12,049
Property Crime 5,177 31,080 36,257
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 46 380 426
Rape 42 284 326
Robbery 396 1,697 2,093

Is your State Safer than Georgia?

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Georgia
Crime rate - 4,235
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 16%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

A list of 5 counties in Georgia that have the highest arrest rate in 2017

County Crime Rate
Fulton County 1.76
Cobb County 4.41
Clayton County 5.73
Henry County 39.23
Calhoun County 79.06

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