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Nevada Arrest Records Search

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How to Look Up Criminal Records in Nevada

Nevada's local and state law enforcement are in charge of criminal and arrest record requests. However, they only allow individuals to get a copy of their own, and they must first be fingerprinted to facilitate a match. However, each county court allows people the option of searching for NV criminal records and NV police arrest records, and they can find them that way. NV jail and inmate search is also accessible to anyone who wants to know more about someone sentenced to prison. Some have online portals and some have to be visited in person.

Are NV Arrest Records Public?

Nevada arrest records search is not easily accessible through government recourses except to get a copy of each individuals. However, anyone can use the court system to manually find records in the state's arrest database to fine someone’s arrest records in the state.

What Information Does Nevada Criminal Record Report Include?

What Information You Can Find in Nevada Arrest Report?

Nevada arrest records contain some basic details like the name of the person, the date of the arrest, the charges they were accused of, fingerprints and booking numbers. Also included are mugshot taken at the time of arrest, other details about the crime along with the arresting officer’s name and badge number and arresting agency. NV public arrest records also include general information like date of birth, address, phone, and physical description. It may also include bail, bond, pleas or any other fines paid.

Nevada Police Reports and Mugshots

Are Nevada Police Reports Public Record?

Yes. Police reports in Nevada are public records. Furthermore, they are pretty easily attainable from most police departments in the state. For example, the Las Vegas Police Department has a special section on their website, describing exactly how to obtain crash reports, incident reports, background checks, crime reports, and arrests. With regular police reports such as incident and arrest reports, you can get them in person or via mail (up to 10 days wait time). Each report costs $10, and you can pay with a credit or debit card.

When requesting reports, you must supply the following:

  • Email address.
  • Phone number with area code.
  • Event number or date/time and location of the incident.

Additionally, you can view the following types of information in a police report:

  • The names and ages of the people involved.
  • The charges filed against the perpetrators.
  • The location, date and time of the event.
  • A detailed description of the incident.
  • Any arrests that took place.
  • Mugshots.
  • The name of the jail or detention center the arrested person was taken to.
  • The bail or bond amount set.

Nevada Mugshots

After photography was invented in the mid–1800s, mugshots quickly became an integral part of the booking process when someone was arrested. The first police officer to try it was a French policeman named Alphonse Bertillon. He started photographing the front and side of each suspect and combining them into one picture called a mugshot. Shortly thereafter, other countries followed suit. Mugshots are handy when getting the word out about a criminal fugitive and identifying suspects to witnesses and victims.

In Nevada, mugshots are common, and you can find them online quite easily. The Washoe County Detention Facility (jail) lists all inmates online with a mugshot for anyone to see. You only have to use a search form to pull it up. Other websites also have Nevada mugshots on them, such as news outlets, media companies, and public records websites.

Nevada Arrest Booking Process

Nevada, especially the Las Vegas area, is busy with arrests and booking suspects. The most commonly used detention center in Las Vegas is the Clark County Detention Center (CCDC). That is where most arrested suspects will be taken and processed. During the booking process, they may also be:

  • Fingerprinted.
  • Mugshots will be taken.
  • A background check will be performed on them, specifically to search Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to see if they entered the country illegally.
  • They will be searched, and all their belongings will be stored for them.
  • A medical professional may or may not give them a full physical and mental health exam.

Most suspects will wait in jail at least 48 hours while processing is completed. They will then have the chance to make bail or pay a bond to get out.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Nevada, going from 17,261 crimes in 2006 to 15,487 by 7% 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.

Nevada Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Law

Nevada Arrest Laws

Any local peace officer may execute an arrest warrant when the court issues one. Arrest warrants are official documents, authorized by a judge, which permits the police to arrest the person named in the warrant. Peace officers can also arrest someone when they have just cause to believe that they committed a crime. If a local peace officer believes someone may be in danger due to a domestic, child or sexual abuse, they can arrest the person on those grounds. They can also arrest someone if they witness them committing a crime.

Legal Definition of Arrest in Nevada 

In Nevada, an arrest is defined by statute NRS 171.104 as: “An arrest is the taking of a person into custody, in a case and in the manner authorized by law. An arrest may be made by a peace officer or by a private person.” An arrest is how someone enters the criminal justice system. As part of the arrest, police must read the suspect their Miranda rights, or the court may dismiss the charges later. Upon arrest, most suspects will be handcuffed, then taken to the police station for mug shots, fingerprinting and questioning. They may, at that time, request their lawyer. They will be held in jail until they are set free on bail, bond, or court disposition.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Nevada?

Any NV highway patrolman, local police officer, an officer of the Investigation Division of the Department of Public Safety or a ranger of the Division of State Parks of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are all people who can arrest you in this state. Along with these, any private citizen may perform a citizen’s arrest and take someone in who they suspect of committing a felony or misdemeanor or they are witness to a crime being committed.

Nevada Arrest Warrants

A person may be arrested if a law enforcement agent witnesses them committing a crime or has information that they committed a crime from a credible source. They may also be arrested based on a Nevada arrest warrant. To obtain an arrest warrant, Nevada police fill out an affidavit with information about the suspect and submit it to the courts. A judge will then issue a warrant for the suspect’s arrest based on the information contained in the request.

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

Arrest reports will stay on Nevada public and criminal records forever if the person does not request that they are sealed. This state does not allow anyone to seek expungement. Most misdemeanors are automatically sealed after the person turns 21. However, if their offense was sexual in nature or would be a felony if they were not a minor, then those too will not be. Those offenses can be sealed after the person turns 30 if they choose to apply. Adult sexual offenses will never be sealed, but most other felonies and misdemeanors can be.

What Else is Included in Nevada Arrest Reports?

Criminal Records - these records show all crimes committed within the state, including the date of arrest, the charges, the arresting officer, the court who handled their case, and any dispositions. State criminal records will also show all convictions, felonies, misdemeanors, pleas filed, any fines, fees, bail, bond, and sentencing. 

Inmate Records- include things like mugshots, name, physical description (height, weight, hair and eye color, and any tattoos or scars), where they are being held, their possible release date, and their crimes. An inmate search will also provide information on programs they participated in (such as educational studies, work-release, life-skills, or reentry programs).

Mugshot Records - photographs of when the person was arrested or admitted to their current incarceration facility. 

Public Records - cover a ton of different areas including marriages, divorces, births, deaths, name changes, Nevada property records, liens, bankruptcies, licenses, driving records, asset information (boats, cars, property, businesses), criminal records, arrest records and more.

Court Records - will show various types of court cases such as bankruptcies, name changes, divorces, and child support court filings, personal injury cases, lawsuits, small claims court issues, traffic violations, DUIs, and criminal court cases.

Can you Expunge your Records?

No. The Silver State does not allow expungement of criminal or arrest records. Offenders can only apply to have them sealed. When they do, they will be virtually hidden from view on public records. Any criminal offenses that included a child or sexual abuse are not eligible for sealing ever. Offenders must wait ten years before applying for sealing with a felony. For misdemeanors, they must wait at least one year before applying to have their records sealed. For arrests that never resulted in charges, there is no waiting period.

The Arrest Rate in Nevada

Arrest Rate in Nevada

For the last year tallied, 2016, Nevada recorded 13,520 for violent crimes, 1,200 rapes, 4,974 robberies, 7,188 counts of aggravated assault, 12,500 burglaries, and 46,000 property crimes. Additionally, the state saw 24,645 thefts, 8,855 car thefts, 99 arsons, and 158 murders.

Nevada Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Nevada was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 47,272, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Arson arrests - with only 59 crimes a year.

Arrest TypeUnder 18All agesTotal arrests
Violent Crime9246,5067,430
Property Crime1,1598,94610,105
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter4157161

State of Nevada Department of Public Safety

  • Address:1600 Highway 2
    Lincoln, NE 68502
  • Phone 1:(775) 684-4808
  • Phone 2:775-684-4556
  • Fax:775-684-4809
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Is your State Safer than Nevada?

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Crime rate - 3,339
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 7%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

CountyCrime Rate
Washoe County203.92
Elko County406.38
Humboldt County498.75
Esmeralda County632.91
Mineral County719.26
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