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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Indiana

Indiana’s state and local law enforcement agencies handle all criminal information including arrest data for the state. They offer a few different options for arrest records. The first is someone’s limited criminal history, which includes only arrests in the state of Indiana. This search is a name-based search. To obtain, the individual will need someone’s name and date of birth. The second type is a fingerprint-based search, and this will include a complete criminal history but not federal crimes. Then they offer a national criminal history through fingerprints, which will give the requestor the person’s entire arrests, charges, and dispositions.

Are Arrest Records public in Indiana?

Yes. Arrest records are publicly accessible in Indiana. The state has a dedicated website where someone can choose from a variety of methods to search for and find criminal records including arrests. They offer both name and fingerprint searches. Each report, however, includes different information.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

White 54%
Black or African American 42%
Unknown 4%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

White 78%
Black or African American 20%
Unknown 1%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Victims w/ reported race 3,765

What Information You Can Find in a state Criminal Report?

What Information You Can Find in Indiana Arrest Report?

Along with general information like name, address, phone, race, gender, height, weight, physical description, tattoos, scars, fingerprints and mug shots, a typical arrest report will show someone’s arrests, charges, convictions, incarcerations, court appearances, bail, bond, fines, and fees paid. Often, they include the date of arrest, arresting officer’s name, place of arrest, arresting agency, booking details, and vehicle information if any are related to the charges.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has increased over the past decade in Indiana, going from 16,282 crimes in 2006 to 19,528 by 20% higher 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.

Indiana Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Laws

Indiana Arrest Laws

Per Indiana arrest laws, a police officer may arrest someone when they are in possession of a legal arrest warrant. They can also arrest someone that they have probable cause to suspect of committing a crime, or already has committed a crime. They can even arrest someone in the process of committing a crime if they witness it or it is reported to them. If a police officer suspects someone of committing a battery or domestic abuse they can arrest someone on those grounds. If someone is carrying a handgun without a permit in Indiana, police can also arrest you. Other reasons are transporting dangerous devices, a threat to national security and also interference with a criminal investigation.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Indiana?

Police officers may arrest someone in the state of Indiana. Full-time law enforcement officers who are given the power of a police officer who is authorized to carry a gun and empowered with the right to arrest, can also arrest someone in the state of Indiana. Additionally, Indiana law states “Any person may arrest (the taking of a person into custody, that he may be held to answer for a crime) any other person if: the other person committed a felony in his presence; a felony has been committed, and he has probable cause to believe that the other person has committed that felony; or a misdemeanor involving a breach of peace is being committed in his presence and the arrest is necessary to prevent the continuance of the breach of peace. A person making an arrest, under this section shall, as soon as practical, notify a law enforcement officer and deliver custody of the person arrested to a law enforcement officer …”

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

Unless they apply to have their records expunged or sealed, an offender’s criminal convictions and arrests will stay on their criminal history forever. They must wait one year after an arrest that did not result in a conviction to apply to have it expunged. If they have a misdemeanor conviction, they must wait five years to apply for expungement and if it included violent crime, drug charges or sex offense they cannot have it removed. The same goes for felony offenses, but they must wait eight years before applying to have those removed.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes. However, Indiana has a strict code of laws governing expungement, and everyone must follow the guidelines by waiting for the appropriate period and then petitioning the court. If the person has specific offenses like violent charges, sex offense or drug-related convictions, then they may not be able to get them removed. If they have too many on their record, again, that may impede them from getting them expunged.

The Arrest Rate in Indiana

Arrest Rate in Indiana

For the last year calculated, 2016, Indiana totaled 143,554 arrests for the year. Of that total 12,420 were committed by people under the age of 18. The state completed 7,323 violent crimes that year. Property crime accounted for 19,954 of the total. Two hundred four law enforcement agencies supplied data for these totals in that year.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

The largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.

Victim Age

0-9 7.2%
10-19 18.1%
20-29 28.9%
30-39 23.1%
40-49 12.4%
50-59 6.6%
60-69 2.4%
70-79 1.1%
80-89 0.2%
90-99 0.0%
Victims w/ reported age 990

Crime Victim Demographics

Residence Home is the place where the majority of crimes in Indiana were committed, in most of the crime cases the offender was a relationship unknown.

Location Type

Residence Home 577
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 125
Parking Garage/Lot 68
Unknown 48
Gas Station 29
Convenience Store 29
Park/Playground 24
Hotel/Motel 21
Restaurant 19
Specialty Store 13

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Relationship Unknown 516
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 156
Stranger 124
Spouse 95
Otherwise Known 92
Child 75
Acquaintance 65
Friend 59
Offender 59
Parent 24

Indiana Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Indiana was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 51,576, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Suspicion arrests - with only 42 crimes a year.

Arrest Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime 842 8,345 9,187
Property Crime 2,724 17,546 20,270
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 17 182 199
Rape 48 208 256
Robbery 218 1,386 1,604

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Crime rate - 3,828
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 20%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

County Crime Rate
Lake County 147.17
Allen County 242.44
Huntington County 271.98
Daviess County 282.08
Tippecanoe County 297.78
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