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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Iowa

IA’s local and state law enforcement agencies are in charge of criminal histories and arrest records. They provide criminal record reports to the general public, which includes all the information allowed by law. Any arrests that are older than 18 months without a disposition will not be on the report. Each record request costs $15, and that fee is non-refundable. Their website uses a simple name search, and then the results can be narrowed down by other criteria available. To search, an individual must have the person’s date of birth to find him or her.

Are Arrest Records public in Iowa?

Yes, although some information will be limited, and in many cases a signed consent form from the subject is required. However, in most cases, an individual can perform a quick and easy name search to find someone and review their arrest records online.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

White 65%
Black or African American 29%
Unknown 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

White 77%
Black or African American 18%
Unknown 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 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 Iowa Arrest Report?

An Iowa arrest record will have a lot of information on it. First, it will include general demographic data like name, phone, email, address, height, weight, gender, race, age, date of birth, fingerprints and sometimes even Iowa mugshots. It will also contain details of their arrests like date and time of arrest, the location of the arrest, officer’s name and badge number, arresting agency, the charges, disposition, incarcerations and any information pertaining to vehicles involved.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has increased over the past decade in Iowa, going from 5,946 crimes in 2006 to 7,132 by 1% 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.

Iowa Violent Crime Rate Change

IA Arrest Laws

Iowa Arrest Laws

IA defines an arrest as “arrest is the taking of a person into custody when and in the manner authorized by law, including restraint of the person or the person’s submission to custody.” Only peace officers can arrest someone pursuant to a warrant. Peace officers can arrest someone when they witness a public offense being committed. If they are aware of a public crime that has been committed and has good reason to believe they know who did it, they can arrest you then too. They can also arrest someone in pursuit of an offense being committed after it has been reported to them through law enforcement channels.

Who has a Power of Arrest in IA?

Only peace officers can arrest someone pursuant to a warrant. In the state of IA, in relation to a crime being witnessed or an ongoing investigation, federal law enforcement agents can arrest someone, peace officers and out-of-state officers in some instances can also arrest. Any private citizen can arrest a person in IA for a public offense that they witness. Also, when a felony has been committed, and they are aware who did it, a private citizen can arrest someone then too.

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

Iowa arrest records will stay on a person’s criminal history forever if they do not petition the court for sealing or expungement. Most juvenile records can be sealed and kept private, but adult convictions will stay on there for life. If the person was arrested but not convicted or found not guilty, they could apply after 180 days to have their records expunged. Additionally, some alcohol-related convictions can be expunged. Unfortunately, all other convictions will remain.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes, in some cases people can have their records expunged. Expungement is not easy in IA, and only applies to arrests that were found not guilty or not charged with a crime. Only certain alcohol-rate offenses can be expunged.

The Arrest Rate in Iowa

Arrest Rate in Iowa

For the last year tallied (2016), IA had 99,475 arrests. Of that total, 12,898 of them were crimes against people and 17,578 were property-related crimes. Additionally, 14,311 were crimes against society and the remainder of 54,688 were group B offenses.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

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

Offender Age

0-9 0.2%
10-19 19.5%
20-29 32.8%
30-39 22.9%
40-49 12.2%
50-59 6.6%
60-69 1.8%
70-79 0.3%
80-89 0.1%
90-99 0.0%
Unknown 3.4%
Offenders w/ reported age 7,980

Victim Age

0-9 3.6%
10-19 20.0%
20-29 30.9%
30-39 21.6%
40-49 12.7%
50-59 7.7%
60-69 2.6%
70-79 0.6%
80-89 0.2%
90-99 0.1%
Victims w/ reported age 8,841

Crime Victim Demographics

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

Location Type

Residence Home 5,091
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 1,617
Parking Garage/Lot 414
Convenience Store 298
Bar/Nightclub 239
Unknown 230
School/College 212
Field/Woods 189
Hotel/Motel 132
Restaurant 123

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Acquaintance 1,632
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 1,576
Stranger 1,475
Otherwise Known 1,011
Relationship Unknown 991
Spouse 537
Friend 273
Parent 232
Child 226
Sibling 185

Iowa Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Iowa was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 32,872, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Prostitution and Commercialized Vice arrests - with only 47 crimes a year.

Arrest Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime 445 4,709 5,154
Property Crime 2,607 12,280 14,887
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 3 53 56
Rape 41 192 233
Robbery 94 341 435

Iowa Department of Public Safety

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Crime rate - 3,344
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 1%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

County Crime Rate
Franklin County 9.83
Carroll County 29.36
Butler County 74.37
Crawford County 106.26
Davis County 112.87
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