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North Dakota Arrest Records Search

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How to Look Up Criminal Records in North Dakota

The state’s state law enforcement agency is the government entity in charge of criminal records for the state. Background checksv  offer criminal records with arrest details to the general public. Individuals can request a name-based or fingerprint criminal record search. If someone needs to be fingerprinted, they suggest visiting the local law enforcement agency. To request reports, individuals will need the name and date of birth of the subject. They charge $15 per record, and it can be processed via mail. Normal response times are 7-10 business days.

Are Arrest Records Public Records in North Dakota?

Yes. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation is the repository that keeps all records and disseminates them for public requests. By the public record law, people can only order a copy by mail using the form on their website, and they charge $15 per file. They suggest using fingerprints because name-based searches will not match up with anyone using an alias when arrested under a different name.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

American Indian or Alaska Native16%
Black or African American20%
Native Hawaiian0%
Offenders w/ reported race3,562

Victims by Race

American Indian or Alaska Native16%
Black or African American12%
Native Hawaiian0%
Victims w/ reported race3,765

What Information Does North Dakota Criminal Records Report Include?

What Information You Can Find in North Dakota Arrest Report?

North Dakota arrest records are pretty complete, and along with general information like name, address, phone, email, height, weight, gender, race, scars, tattoos, fingerprints. They will also include North Dakota mugshots and details of their crimes. Additionally, reports contain arrests, date of arrests, the location of arrests, charges, sentencing, dispositions, pleas, fines, bail, bond, and the arresting officer’s information. Often the agency that arrested them, prison details, and vehicles involved will be included as well.

North Dakota Police Reports and Mugshots

Are North Dakota Police Reports Public Record?

For the most part, police reports are public records in North Dakota. However, it depends on the particular area and city police rules. For example, Fargo stipulates they can only release police reports under the following conditions:

  • If the case has not cleared the court process, we will not be able to provide the report.
  • If juveniles or victims of domestic violence are involved in the case, we must black out their names.

They charge a 25-cent fee per page up to an hour’s worth of work. If compiling the report takes longer than one hour, you will be charged an additional $25. You can pay over the phone using a debit or credit card for an additional $2. They can email you the reports for expediency. They post the following disclaimer regarding police reports:

“Information in incident crime reports and accident reports may be redacted based on both North Dakota open records laws as well as Fargo Police Department policy. If information is redacted from the report, a “redaction reason form” is included, so the requester knows why the information was taken out. Most information that is redacted is due to domestic violence, juvenile or Marsy’s Law situations. Suspect information is no longer redacted from reports, regardless if they were charged or not.”

North Dakota Mugshots

People arrested in North Dakota are required to wear jail clothes (gray and white) and are photographed against a gray background to keep things consistent. Mugshots can be found online pretty easily. Dozens of websites procure them from police departments and display them online to inform the public or sell them back to the person in them.

Mugshots were first used back in the 1800s by a French policeman, and then soon after, other countries started using them. They typically consist of two angles, a front shot, and a side shot. They help witnesses and victims to identify criminals and suspects.

North Dakota Arrest Booking Process

People in North Dakota are arrested after a police investigation. The investigation can take minutes or months. For example, a DUI may take only 15–20 minutes before the police determines the person is impaired and arrests them. Anyone arrested in North Dakota will be transported to the local police station for processing. The booking process is straightforward and may consist of:

  • Mugshots.
  • Fingerprinting.
  • A full body search.
  • Possibly a medical exam.
  • All their personal belongings will be confiscated and inventoried and held for them until release.
  • A background check, searching for any outstanding warrants.
  • Possibly a DNA swab.
  • Basic questions asked such as name, address, date of birth, etc.

The person may have the option of paying bail and getting released or waiting for the judge and a bond hearing.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has increased over the past decade in North Dakota, going from 668 crimes in 2006 to 1,493 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.

North Dakota Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Law

North Dakota Arrest Laws

A peace officer may arrest someone with a valid arrest warrant. They may also arrest someone without a warrant at any time of day or night when in fresh pursuit of a suspect. If they have reasonable cause to suspect someone of committing a felony, misdemeanor or traffic violation, they can arrest them in those circumstances also. If any offense is committed in the presence of the peace officer, they also have the right to arrest that person.

Who has a Power of Arrest in North Dakota?

Any peace officer in the state of ND has the legal right to arrest you. Out of state officers can arrest someone when in fresh pursuit crossing state lines. Any federal agent such as DEA, FBI or homeland security agents can arrest someone when they commit a federal offense in the state of ND. Any private person can arrest someone when they commit or attempt to commit an offense in their presence. Any person can perform a citizen’s arrest also if they know someone committed a crime even when not in their presence.

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

Many convictions and arrests will stay on someone’s ND record forever. Some minor first-offense drug charges like possession of less than one ounce of marijuana may be removed if they apply two years after their conviction and they have no new crimes. If their conviction included DNA evidence, then they have to wait for one year, but then they can request that the DNA evidence be sealed. Although they cannot get a felony expunged, they might be able to apply to have it downgraded to a misdemeanor.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes. In some cases, some specific types of crimes and arrests can be expunged. However, offenders must apply to the agency that has the official documents such as the BCI or the court system. They will have to wait the specified period first then file a formal petition to have the records sealed, or expunged.

The Arrest Rate in North Dakota

Arrest Rate in North Dakota

During 2017, 715 people were arrested for violent crimes. The majority of them were between the ages of 25-34. Four hundred thirty-three of them were white, 151 were black, 114 were American Indian, and three were Asian and the rest unknown.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

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

Offender Age

Offenders w/ reported age1,906

Victim Age

Victims w/ reported age1,768

Crime Victim Demographics

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

Location Type

Residence Home1,068
Parking Garage/Lot52
Convenience Store28
School Elementary/Secondary26
Gas Station20

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Otherwise Known240
Relationship Unknown134

North Dakota Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in North Dakota was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 12,865, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Arson arrests - with only 21 crimes a year.

Arrest TypeUnder 18All agesTotal arrests
Violent Crime69855924
Property Crime6533,7874,440
Aggravated Assault49719768

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Crime rate - 2,868
The crime rate in the last 5 years - down by 3%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

CountyCrime Rate
Sioux County22.38
Divide County41.44
Cass County88.45
Mcintosh County112.95
Slope County131.06
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