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Missouri Arrest Records Search

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How to Look Up Arrest Reports in Missouri

MO’s state law enforcement is the government agency that handles criminal records requests including arrest records. They use IDEMIA for their fingerprint vendor. They also offer a name-based search for $14 per file. They have an online system that the general public can use to request records. Users can request files with a name search or using fingerprints. A state-level fingerprint search costs $20. An FBI-level fingerprint search will cost another $13.25.

Are Arrest Records Public Records in Missouri?

Yes. The state allows public access to Missouri arrest records and criminal records. They have an online system, they offer records by mail, or people can visit the highway patrol office in person to get copies. Searches are available via fingerprints only. There is also a $20 fee per state records and an additional $13.25 for federal records.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

Black or African American64%
Native Hawaiian0%
Offenders w/ reported race3,562

Victims by Race

Black or African American52%
Native Hawaiian0%
Victims w/ reported race3,765

What Information Does Missouri State Highway Patrol Arrest Reports Include?

What Information You Can Find in Missouri Arrest Report?

A Missouri arrest report will be full of useful information like name, address, phone, email, gender, race, height, weight, physical description, tattoos, scars, Missouri mugshots, and sometimes even fingerprints. Along with that, other details are included like arrest details, charges, convictions, dispositions, jail time, fines, fees, bond, and bail paid, pleas, the dates of arrest, location and time. Typically an arrest report will also contain vehicles that were involved and the arresting officer’s name and agency.

Missouri Police Reports and Mugshots

Are Missouri Police Reports Public Record?

Police reports in Missouri are public records, and The Missouri State Highway Patrol is the repository for storing and issuing them to the general public. The various types of reports you can obtain are:

  • Public Records.
  • Incident / Investigative / Arrest reports.
  • Radio tapes and logs (The Missouri State Highway Patrol does not maintain 911 call centers for 911 recordings).
  • Acceptance of Subpoena Duces Tecum.
  • All other record types with the exception of accident reports and accident photos.
  • Patrol Records.
  • Traffic crash reports.
  • Traffic crash reconstruction reports.
  • Traffic crash report photographs.
  • Background Checks.
  • Criminal history record reviews.
  • Employer or licensing background checks.
  • Clearance letters (local/national) including adoptions.
  • Water Patrol Reports.
  • Boat Accident Reports.
  • Citations/Warnings.
  • Arrest/Incident Drowning Reports.

To obtain any of these, you can visit one of the State Police locations listed on their website or order them online using The Records Center, the Missouri State Police records portal.

Mugshots Missouri

Missouri mugshots live in the free domain of public scrutiny and may easily be found online. Some county inmate lookups for the state show them with details of the arrested person. News and media websites also have them, and some private companies who compile public records also use them online. A typical Missouri mugshot is taken of the person in plain clothes against a gray brick wall.

Mugshots did not become a part of the normal booking process until the late 1800s when French policeman Alphonse Bertillon started using them. The invention of photography helped to catapult law enforcement’s ability to identify criminals and put the word out to the public through wanted posters and other means. Mugshots consist of a front picture and a side shot. They are used by witnesses and victims of crimes to identify the culprit.

Missouri Arrest Booking Process

The booking process in Missouri depends on the local county jail, but most will follow a similar routine. Each detainee is put through the following process after arrest:

  • They are fingerprinted using the LiveScan system.
  • Mugshots are taken using a digital photography system linking the images to their criminal profile.
  • They will have access to phones to make as many phone calls as they would like.
  • They can arrange bond or contact family for bail money.
  • They will be held in a general holding cell until their hearing or release.
  • They may receive visitors while in detention.
  • While being held, they will receive a complete medical and mental health screening.

The booking process takes hours in most cases. Arrested persons will stay in jail until they see the judge.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has increased over the past decade in Missouri, going from 24,977 crimes in 2006 to 26,141 by 9% 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.

Missouri Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Law

Missouri Arrest Laws

Any peace officer in the state of MO can arrest someone with a valid arrest warrant. They can also arrest someone when they witness them committing a felony or misdemeanor. If a police officer has probable cause that someone committed a crime, they have the right to arrest them within their own jurisdiction. Private citizens can assist with an arrest when asked to do so by a law officer. When doing so, they may use physical force to detain the subject before turning them offer to law enforcement.

Who has a Power of Arrest in MO?

Any local police officer has the power to arrest in Missouri. Sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, highway state patrol officers, and any other office in a jurisdiction with more than two thousand people can arrest someone in the state of MO. Private citizens can also make a “citizens arrest” in the state of MO and use deadly force if necessary when witnessing a class A felony or a misdemeanor if the perpetrator threatens their safety. Peace officers have the right to arrest someone in their own municipality.

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

As of 2016, MO now allows expungement of records. However, not all crimes are eligible to be expunged. Offenders must wait seven years before applying to have a felony expunged and three years for a misdemeanor. They also have to pay a $250 fee when applying. Unless they petition the court their arrest records will remain on their criminal record forever.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes, but only certain crimes are eligible. Applicants must wait either three or seven years before applying to have their records expunged. Generally, the state has 30 days to review the request and 60 days to schedule a hearing to discuss it. Offenders also have to pay a $250 fee when applying. They must file with the court where the conviction was tried. There are 90 crimes, which cannot be expunged, and any serious sex offenses or violent crimes are on there.

The Arrest Rate in Missouri

Arrest Rate in Missouri

For the year 2017, MO recorded 243,387 arrests. Of that total, 21564 were for possession of marijuana, 7293 were for aggravated assault, 26277 were for larceny/theft, and a massive number of them (80563) were for other non-traffic offenses.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

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

Offender Age

Offenders w/ reported age10,543

Victim Age

Victims w/ reported age10,044

Crime Victim Demographics

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

Location Type

Residence Home4,932
Parking Garage/Lot539
Convenience Store301
Department/Discount Store194
Specialty Store166
Gas Station150

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Relationship Unknown9,376
Otherwise Known576
Other Family Member223

Missouri Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Missouri was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 79,733, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Gambling arrests - with only 97 crimes a year.

Arrest TypeUnder 18All agesTotal arrests
Violent Crime9069,37110,277
Property Crime3,79031,38735,177
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter25342367

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Crime rate - 4,441
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 9%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

CountyCrime Rate
Clay County116.28
Moniteau County206.02
Grundy County226.27
Livingston County242.86
Saline County278.50
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