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Idaho Arrest Records Search

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How to Look Up Criminal Records in Idaho

The law enforcement uses an online system for keeping and maintaining Idaho arrest records. They offer records to the general public and an individual can search using just someone’s first and last name. They also offer options for fingerprint searches as well. There are fees involved and paperwork when requesting a copy of someone’s arrest documents. 

Are Arrest Records Public Records in Idaho?

Arrest records are public records in this state, and they are readily available through the criminal justice system. State and local law enforcement keep records and maintain them for public access.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

Black or African American4%
American Indian or Alaska Native2%
Native Hawaiian0%
Offenders w/ reported race3,562

Victims by Race

Black or African American2%
American Indian or Alaska Native1%
Native Hawaiian0%
Victims w/ reported race3,765

What Information Does Idaho Criminal Records Report Include?

What Information You Can Find in Idaho Arrest Report?

An Idaho arrest record will contain some basic details like the name of the person, the date of the arrest, the charges they were accused of, fingerprints and booking numbers. Often included are Idaho mugshots taken at the time of arrest, other details about the crime along with the arresting officer’s name and badge number and arresting agency. The report will also include general information like date of birth, address, phone, and physical description. It may also include bail, bond, pleas or any other fines paid.

Idaho State Police Report and Mugshots

Are Idaho State Police Reports Public Record?

Idaho police reports are public records, and they are easily obtainable by anyone. Some counties such as Ada County post current arrests, with police report details and mugshots directly on their website. Some of the information you will find is:

  • Name and age of the person involved.
  • Date and time of the incident.
  • Police department in charge of the arrest.
  • The charges brought against the person.
  • The statute the crime applies to.
  • Mugshots.
  • Details of the event or incident.
  • Witness testimony.
  • Crime photos.

To get copies of police reports, you can visit the local police department or check online for the local county website. You may have to pay a fee for specific types of reports, but some are free. Many of the local police station websites include news articles with even more details about the events.

Idaho Mugshots

Photography was invented in the early 1800s. Soon after, a French policeman made history when he started using photographs of criminals and arrested suspects as part of the booking process. His name was Alphonse Bertillon. Now, most countries in the world use police photographs called mugshots (based on the slang term for face “mug”).

Idaho mugshots are public records and readily available. County police stations post a lot of them on their websites. News outlets also post them online or in newspapers in connection with news about crimes. Other websites and informational portals may have them as well.

Typically, mugshots are used by law enforcement to identify criminals and collar suspects by showing them to witnesses and victims. They are also used to inform the public and keep adults and children safe from predators.

Idaho Arrest Booking Process

According to Idaho law, anyone who is arrested by police is taken to the county jail. People are arrested in Idaho per an arrest warrant or when an officer witnesses the individual committing a crime or has probable cause that they committed some crime. After being handcuffed and taken to the local county jail, the suspect is then put through the booking process which can take hours and consists of:

  • The booking officer takes down basic information like name, date of birth, address, and phone number.
  • The police take fingerprints and mugshots of the suspect.
  • The suspect will be searched, and their personal belongings confiscated.
  • Their clothing may be taken, and they will be provided with jail clothing.
  • They may be subject to a full medical exam.
  • Police will do a full background search looking for any warrants or other outstanding legal issues.

People in an Idaho jail will stay there until they or their families can pay the bail amount.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Idaho, going from 2,615 crimes in 2006 to 2,599 by 15% 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.

Idaho Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Law

Idaho Arrest Laws

Police officials are called peace officers, and they can arrest someone without a warrant when a crime is committed in their presence. When someone has committed a felony but not in their presence, they can arrest them then also. When a felony is known to have been committed, and an officer believes they have probable cause that someone committed it, they can do an Idaho warrant search and arrest them without a warrant. In response to the report that a crime is being committed is another time when a peace officer can arrest someone without a warrant.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Idaho?

Along with peace officers and other law enforcement agents authorized to arrest someone, any private citizen can also perform a citizen’s arrest. They can do so only when they witness a public offense being committed or someone admitted to committing a felony, but they did not observe it or when they know of a felony that was committed and has good reason to suspect that someone they know committed it. In any of those cases, they can arrest someone and bring them to the police for further processing.

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

Misdemeanors and felonies will stay on someone’s record for life if they were convicted. If however the arrests and charges were dropped or they were found not guilty then they have a chance of getting them expunged. They have within one year of the discharge to apply for expungement.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes, but only for arrests and charges that did not result in a conviction. Unfortunately, there are strict laws about expungement and most people’s criminal record will follow them for life. If they are eligible then they can apply using the forms you can find online and pay a fee. It may take a while, but they can use the iCourts system to track their progress until they receive a decision. All other offenses are not eligible to be expunged.

The Arrest Rate in Idaho

Arrest Rate in Idaho

For the last year tallied, which was 2016,61,850 arrests were made in the state. Of that total, 51,768 were adults, and 10,082 were juveniles. From the stats, 7,724 were property crimes, and 7,085 were violent offenses. Fourteen thousand four hundred thirty-six were crimes against society, and 32,605 were other offenses like peeping toms, DUIs, bad checks, vagrancy, and disorderly conduct.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

Most of the violent crime offenders in Idaho were 20-29 and the largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.

Offender Age

Offenders w/ reported age3,609

Victim Age

Victims w/ reported age3,753

Crime Victim Demographics

Residence Home is the place where the majority of crimes in Idaho were committed, in most of the crime cases the offender was an acquaintance.

Location Type

Residence Home2,261
Parking Garage/Lot117
Jail/Prison/Corrections Facility82
Drug Store/Doctors Office/Hospital58

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Otherwise Known503
Relationship Unknown378

Idaho Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Idaho was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 22,805, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Suspicion arrests - with only 8 crimes a year.

Arrest TypeUnder 18All agesTotal arrests
Violent Crime1841,4411,625
Property Crime1,2465,1926,438
Aggravated Assault1161,2411,357

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Crime rate - 2,393
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 15%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

A list of 5 counties in Idaho that have the lowest arrest rate in 2017

CountyCrime Rate
Bannock County16.59
Blaine County128.49
Gem County186.22
Ada County214.85
Washington County255.60
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