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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Montana

The state's criminal justice department is the entity in charge of providing criminal records for the general public. They maintain a database of all the files for the state. They allow individuals to set up an account or use the online system as a guest. Either way, they must pay $14.50 per record. The records date back to 1950. What is not included in the records are open warrants or protection orders. They also supply sex offender records in there.

Are Arrest Records Public Records in Montana?

Yes, Montana arrest records and criminal records are publicly available. They keep and maintain a large database of records online where someone can set up an account for ongoing use or just checkout as a guest to do a criminal lookup. Each file costs $14.50. They provide both fingerprint and name-based searches. They recommend fingerprints as they are much more reliable for finding matches. If they can’t find a match while online, they will contact the requestor later with it. Most inquiries are instant.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

White 70%
American Indian or Alaska Native 18%
Unknown 8%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

White 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native 14%
Unknown 6%
Black or African American 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 Montana Arrest Report?

A Montana arrest report will provide basic details about the person like name, email, phone, address, gender, race, age, date of birth, fingerprints, height, weight, and other physical descriptors. Typically, it will also contain details about each arrest including Montana mugshots, date of arrest, arresting officer’s name, arresting agency, the location of the arrest, bail or bond posted, pleas, dispositions, jail time and all other details about the charge and conviction. If any vehicles were involved, that information will be in there as well.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has increased over the past decade in Montana, going from 1,159 crimes in 2006 to 2,043 by 3% 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.

Montana Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Laws

Montana Arrest Laws

Any peace officer in MT can arrest someone with a valid arrest warrant. They can also arrest someone when they witness a crime being committed, have probable cause that someone committed a crime or know of a crime and have evidence that the person committed it.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Montana?

Any peace officer in MT can arrest someone. In the state, a peace officer is “deputy sheriff, undersheriff, police officer, highway patrol officer, fish and game warden, park ranger, campus security officer, or airport police officer.” Any private person can also arrest someone in MT after witnessing him or her committing a crime or with just probable cause of him or her committing a crime. This person can use physical force to detain the individual until they are handed over to the police.

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

Arrest records along with felonies and misdemeanors will stay on someone’s criminal record forever if they don’t apply to have them expunged. Misdemeanors used to not to be eligible for removal, but they are now. Offenders must wait five years after completion of their sentence before requesting their records be expunged. They also cannot have any new charges or convictions on their Montana police report. If they harmed someone with their crime, that person would be consulted before the expungement was granted. DUIs also can now be expunged after five years.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes. The state recently softened their expungement laws so now things like misdemeanors, arrests, and DUIs can be removed. Offenders do have to wait at least five years after completion of their sentencing to apply for expungement. However, if they comply with the terms and a judge looks favorably at their situation, they have a good chance at getting their records removed.

The Arrest Rate in Montana

Arrest Rate in Montana

For the year 2017, 31,186 arrests were recorded. Of that total, 27,225 were property crimes, and 3,961 were violent crimes. The overall crime rate in MT for 2017 was 29.69 per 1000 residents. Many of the violent crimes (3,012) were for assault. Another 295 were for robbery, 613 for rape and 41 were for murders.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

Most of the violent crime offenders in Montana were 10-19 and the largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.

Offender Age

0-9 0.2%
10-19 26.8%
20-29 26.2%
30-39 20.5%
40-49 9.7%
50-59 5.6%
60-69 2.6%
70-79 0.6%
80-89 0.0%
90-99 0.0%
Unknown 7.8%
Offenders w/ reported age 4,464

Victim Age

0-9 9.5%
10-19 20.8%
20-29 24.1%
30-39 20.4%
40-49 12.4%
50-59 8.4%
60-69 3.1%
70-79 0.9%
80-89 0.3%
90-99 0.0%
Victims w/ reported age 3,540

Crime Victim Demographics

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

Location Type

Residence Home 1,765
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 850
Bar/Nightclub 127
Hotel/Motel 105
Parking Garage/Lot 102
Unknown 90
Park/Playground 77
Department/Discount Store 61
Jail/Prison/Corrections Facility 60
Field/Woods 55

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Acquaintance 775
Relationship Unknown 770
Stranger 732
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 411
Otherwise Known 376
Child 304
Friend 175
Spouse 152
Other Family Member 96
Sibling 79

Montana Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Montana was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 6,968, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Arson arrests - with only 46 crimes a year.

Arrest Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime 113 1,262 1,375
Property Crime 881 4,965 5,846
Rape 11 47 58
Robbery 15 91 106
Aggravated Assault 87 1,105 1,192

Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services

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Crime rate - 4,347
The crime rate in the last 5 years - down by 3%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

County Crime Rate
Daniels County 56.98
Mineral County 71.70
Liberty County 83.02
Carter County 83.13
Chouteau County 104.19
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