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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Ohio

The state of Ohio keeps criminal and arrest records in repository databases which are fed by various law enforcement agencies. The general public can find someone’s criminal and arrest records using a name search or through fingerprints. Most government entities suggest the fingerprint method as it is much more reliable. Plus, if someone was arrested in another part of the state using an alias, a name search may not adequately match them up with the person they are seeking.

Are Arrest Records public in Ohio?

Yes. Ohio does allow the general public to find and request copies of someone’s arrest records. People can use both name-based searches and fingerprints to find someone’s criminal history. Law enforcement agencies who create the reports must provide copies to the general public upon request.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

Black or African American 59%
White 30%
Unknown 10%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

Black or African American 45%
White 51%
Unknown 3%
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 Ohio Arrest Report?

Ohio arrest records usually contain general information like name, age, date of birth, address, phone, gender, race, height weight, fingerprints and sometimes a mug shot. They will also include arrests, the time and place of arrest, warrants, charges, convictions, and RAP sheets. Often reports will include driving records and accident history as well. If someone wanted to find out the name of the officer who arrested the person, the arresting agency, and the charges filed, that will be on there too. Often they also contain tattoos, scars and other physical descriptors.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Ohio, going from 32,323 crimes in 2006 to 25,806 by 14% 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.

Ohio Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Laws

Ohio Arrest Laws

Any peace officer in Ohio can arrest someone with a valid warrant. A peace officer can also arrest someone without a valid warrant when they suspect someone of stalking, child abuse or domestic abuse. If the officer witnesses someone committing a crime or offense, they have the right to arrest them on the spot. If a peace officer has reasonable cause to believe someone committed a crime or know of a crime and thinks someone committed it, they can arrest them at that time also.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Ohio?

According to Ohio law any “sheriff, deputy sheriff, marshal, deputy marshal, municipal police officer, township constable, police officer of a township or joint police district, member of a police force employed by a metropolitan housing authority under division (D) of section 3735.31 of the Revised Code, member of a police force employed by a regional transit authority under division (Y) of section 306.35 of the Revised Code, state university law enforcement officer appointed under section 3345.04 of the Revised Code, veterans' home police officer appointed under section 5907.02 of the Revised Code, special police officer employed by a port authority under section 4582.04 or 4582.28 of the Revised Code, or a special police officer employed by a municipal corporation at a municipal airport, or other municipal air navigation facility, that has scheduled operations, as defined in section 119.3” has the legal right to arrest someone without a warrant.

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

A criminal record in Ohio will follow someone for life if they do not apply to have their records sealed. Historically only first-time offenders could have their records sealed, but new laws changed that, and now many types of crimes are eligible for expungement. Offenders may have to wait a specific period after completion of their sentence and then they can apply. There is also a list of eligibility requirements, and offenders can only ask to have certain crimes sealed.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes. Ohio uses a sealing process, and their laws have changed considerably to give convicted criminals a second chance. The sealing process usually takes a few weeks, and many people use a lawyer to help them navigate the process.

The Arrest Rate in Ohio

Arrest Rate in Ohio

For 2017, Ohio made 45,740 arrests. Of that total, 8,054 were for violent crimes such as rape, assault, murder, and robbery. The other 37,686 were for property crimes like vehicle theft, burglary, and arson.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

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

Offender Age

0-9 0.4%
10-19 18.0%
20-29 31.5%
30-39 16.3%
40-49 8.1%
50-59 5.5%
60-69 1.4%
70-79 0.3%
80-89 0.1%
90-99 0.4%
Unknown 18.1%
Offenders w/ reported age 33,460

Victim Age

0-9 4.3%
10-19 18.0%
20-29 30.3%
30-39 20.1%
40-49 12.7%
50-59 9.2%
60-69 3.8%
70-79 1.1%
80-89 0.4%
90-99 0.1%
Victims w/ reported age 30,209

Crime Victim Demographics

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

Location Type

Residence Home 12,938
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 8,559
Unknown 2,582
Parking Garage/Lot 2,080
Gas Station 972
Convenience Store 741
Restaurant 666
Bar/Nightclub 510
Department/Discount Store 507
Drug Store/Doctors Office/Hospital 400

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Relationship Unknown 13,732
Stranger 6,838
Acquaintance 5,877
Otherwise Known 3,630
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 2,295
Other Family Member 1,132
Friend 949
Child 625
Neighbor 549
Offender 542

Ohio Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Ohio was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 66,709, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Gambling arrests - with only 6 crimes a year.

Arrest Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime 870 8,084 8,954
Property Crime 4,203 33,068 37,271
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 16 224 240
Rape 78 406 484
Robbery 348 1,987 2,335

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Crime rate - 3,323
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 14%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

County Crime Rate
Jefferson County 29.98
Mahoning County 30.87
Wyandot County 76.86
Clinton County 97.85
Trumbull County 169.45
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