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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Kentucky

The Kentucky justice system maintains all criminal reports and provides them upon request to the general public. They offer them to government agencies, businesses, individuals and others for a fee of $25 per report. Their system contains millions of records including felonies, misdemeanors and citations. Only arrests that resulted in convictions will show up on these reports.

Are Arrest Records public in Kentucky?

Yes, however, only specific law enforcement agencies have the ability to supply them. There is also a $20 fee for each report. Individuals wishing to request a copy must fill out specific forms and submit them online or by mail. The results will be mailed back to you within ten business days. They have many forms available for different purposes like one for housing, childcare, adoption and licensing.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

White 53%
Black or African American 43%
Unknown 3%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

White 68%
Black or African American 30%
Unknown 2%
Asian 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 Kentucky Arrest Report?

Kentucky arrest records will show a lot of criminal history information like arrests, convictions, charges, sentencing, disposition, bail, bond, fees, and other fines paid. Also included will be the date and place of arrest, the officer’s name and badge number, arresting agency, booking details and any vehicles involved. General profile information such as name, phone, address, gender, race, height, weight, other physical description, mug shots and fingerprints will also be included.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Kentucky, going from 8,159 crimes in 2006 to 8,109 by 13% 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.

Kentucky Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Laws

Kentucky Arrest Laws

A peace officer in Kentucky can arrest someone per an arrest warrant. They can also arrest someone without a warrant if a felony or misdemeanor is committed in their presence. They can arrest someone if they have probable cause that they are physically a danger to someone in their household or a sex offender. An officer can also arrest someone without a warrant in a hospital if they have violated various laws. Law officers in Kentucky can even arrest someone they suspect of violating parole or probation.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Kentucky?

In the state of Kentucky, only peace officers have the authority to arrest you. Along with them, private citizens can arrest a person if a felony has been committed and they have probable cause to suspect that someone did it. Also, if they witness a felony being committed, they can take the person into custody and turn them over to the police. Peace officers consist of Kentucky Horse Park officers, state police, local police officers, park rangers, and full-time university security officers, sheriff and deputy sheriff along with a full-time person working at the Division of Law Enforcement within the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

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

Except for cases where there is only one misdemeanor, which must be expunged automatically, felonies and misdemeanors will stay on someone’s record forever unless they apply to have them expunged. First, they must comply with the expungement requirements according to Kentucky law.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes. If someone has more than one misdemeanor, they must wait five years and then can petition the court to have them removed. It costs $100 each time someone applies. Before applying though, they cannot have any pending charges or active convictions. Only Class D felonies are eligible for expungement. Everyone must also wait for the five-year waiting period and be free of any further convictions. It costs $500 to apply for a felony expungement.

The Arrest Rate in Kentucky

Arrest Rate in Kentucky

In Kentucky, for 2017, 282,360 serious crimes were committed in the state. 58% of all homicides in the state were committed using a gun. 43% of all violent crimes resulted in arrests. For that year, there were 23,357 DUIs, and 107,736 were drug violations. There were a total of 504,580 arrests made in Kentucky for 2017. Approximately every 3 hours someone committed robbery and every 1.75 hours, someone committed a sex crime. Cars were stolen every 48 minutes.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

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

Offender Age

0-9 0.3%
10-19 20.4%
20-29 30.0%
30-39 21.3%
40-49 11.0%
50-59 6.0%
60-69 1.7%
70-79 0.3%
80-89 0.1%
90-99 0.0%
Unknown 8.9%
Offenders w/ reported age 9,846

Victim Age

0-9 6.6%
10-19 18.3%
20-29 27.1%
30-39 19.8%
40-49 13.9%
50-59 9.2%
60-69 3.7%
70-79 1.1%
80-89 0.3%
90-99 0.1%
Victims w/ reported age 10,651

Crime Victim Demographics

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

Location Type

Residence Home 5,450
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 2,244
Parking Garage/Lot 757
Department/Discount Store 377
Convenience Store 354
Gas Station 234
Hotel/Motel 227
Restaurant 225
Unknown 213
Grocery Store 170

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Stranger 3,769
Acquaintance 2,470
Relationship Unknown 1,094
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 982
Otherwise Known 768
Friend 406
Child 341
Other Family Member 298
Spouse 265
Neighbor 191

Kentucky Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Kentucky was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 115,268, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Curfew and Loitering Law Violations arrests - with only 4 crimes a year.

Arrest Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime 393 3,398 3,791
Property Crime 1,414 17,117 18,531
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 26 185 211
Rape 24 212 236
Robbery 212 987 1,199

Is your State Safer than Kentucky?

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Crime rate - 3,578
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 13%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

County Crime Rate
Kenton County 4.24
Oldham County 6.10
Lee County 30.40
Henry County 31.61
Robertson County 46.40

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