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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Massachusetts

MA provides two ways to search for someone’s arrest records. The first is a name-based search using an online system. The other is a fingerprint-based search. The fingerprint records are kept by local law enforcement. Individuals can schedule an appointment to have fingerprints taken. The state, online CORI portal does contain Massachusetts criminal records including arrests, but they do not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

Are Massachusetts Arrest Records Public?

Yes. Massachusetts arrest records are public records and available for anyone to get a copy. MA has a complete website where the general public can request copies of someone’s report. They also offer information on how to obtain a copy of an individual’s own records to review them or apply to have them expunged.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

White 70%
Black or African American 23%
Unknown 6%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

White 75%
Black or African American 15%
Unknown 7%
Asian 2%
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 Massachusetts Arrest Report?

Massachusetts arrest records are pretty comprehensive, and along with general information like name, address, phone, email, height, weight, gender, race, scars, tattoos, fingerprints and mugshots, they will also contain details of their crimes. Also included will be arrests, date of arrests, the location of arrests, charges, sentencing, dispositions, pleas, fines, bail, bond, and the arresting officer’s information. Typically, they also show what agency arrested them, if they ever spent any time in prison, and if their crime involved vehicles, that information will be on there too.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Massachusetts, going from 24,201 crimes in 2006 to 23,393 by 31% 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.

Massachusetts Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Laws

Massachusetts Arrest Laws

Any law officer employed by MA can arrest someone with a valid arrest warrant. They can also arrest someone who they witness stealing property, regardless of how much the property is worth. They can even arrest someone if they know them to have violated parole, probation or other sentencing limitations. An officer can arrest someone they have probable cause to believe has committed a misdemeanor, assault, and battery or an act of domestic abuse against a family member.

Who has a Power of Arrest?

Any MA law enforcement agent can legally arrest someone in the state. They can also arrest someone outside their jurisdiction if in conjunction with a combined investigation or assisting another law enforcement agency. Along with authorized personnel, any private citizen has the right to arrest someone who they know to have committed or witness committing a felony.

How Long Will an Arrest Report Stay on Massachusetts Public Records?

If someone does not have their records sealed or expunged, they will remain on their criminal history forever. Expungement is reserved for very specific cases such as juvenile crimes. Sealing is an option for convictions and charges that did not result in a conviction. For misdemeanors, the applicant must wait at least three years before they can apply for sealing. For felonies, the waiting period is seven years. Juveniles can request expungement of their records after three years.

Can You Expunge Massachusetts State Records?

Yes and no. MA does allow expungement for juvenile records but very rarely for adult arrests and convictions unless the person can prove they were falsely accused or convicted of the crime. Most people apply for sealing of their records, which effectively hides them from view. After they are sealed anyone requesting a copy of their criminal record will not see those charges or convictions, and they can legally claim they have none.

The Arrest Rate in Massachusetts

Arrest Rate in Massachusetts

For the last year tallied (2014), MA recorded 140,057 arrests for the year. Of that total, 19,467 were property crimes. Another 9,129 were for aggravated assault, 15,648 were for larceny-theft, 3,039 were for burglary, 1,537 were for robbery, and 21,570 were for other assault crimes. A good percentage of them (12,013) were for drug offenses, 9,789 were for DUIs, 7,549 were for drunkenness, and 6,194 were for disorderly conduct.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

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

Offender Age

0-9 0.2%
10-19 15.6%
20-29 32.1%
30-39 23.3%
40-49 13.2%
50-59 8.7%
60-69 2.6%
70-79 0.7%
80-89 0.2%
90-99 0.2%
Unknown 3.1%
Offenders w/ reported age 16,250

Victim Age

0-9 2.5%
10-19 14.8%
20-29 29.2%
30-39 21.3%
40-49 14.3%
50-59 10.6%
60-69 4.8%
70-79 1.7%
80-89 0.4%
90-99 0.4%
Victims w/ reported age 18,499

Crime Victim Demographics

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

Location Type

Residence Home 9,023
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 3,770
Unknown 1,403
Convenience Store 652
Parking Garage/Lot 511
Restaurant 440
Drug Store/Doctors Office/Hospital 376
Government/Public Building 347
Commercial/Office Building 314
School Elementary/Secondary 286

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Stranger 4,044
Relationship Unknown 3,160
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 2,702
Otherwise Known 2,185
Acquaintance 2,135
Spouse 732
Friend 596
Parent 552
Child 491
Neighbor 434

Massachusetts Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Massachusetts was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 38,985, 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 793 9,257 10,050
Property Crime 1,179 13,671 14,850
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 6 62 68
Rape 23 296 319
Robbery 176 1,211 1,387

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Crime rate - 1,751
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 31%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

County Crime Rate
Middlesex County 1,203.09
Norfolk County 1,278.53
Plymouth County 1,448.28
Hampshire County 1,477.66
Essex County 1,561.67
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