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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania keeps a central repository of all criminal records online. Each branch of law enforcement creates files that are then fed into the system. Using a name-based search the general public can find and retrieve someone’s criminal history including arrest records. If they acquire them through a government agency, there is usually a fee involved and particular forms they need to fill out.

Are Arrest Records public in Pennsylvania?

Yes. According to Pennsylvania's Criminal History Information Act, the state allows public access to criminal records and arrest reports. Pennsylvania maintains a centralized database with all the records for the state. They are name-based and not fingerprint-based. In the name of public safety, they want people to be safe using the transparency of criminal records.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

White 47%
Black or African American 44%
Unknown 9%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

White 67%
Black or African American 25%
Unknown 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 4%
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 Pennsylvania Arrest Report?

A Pennsylvania arrest record will have a lot of useful information on it. First, you may see general demographic data like name, phone, email, address, height, weight, gender, race, age, date of birth, fingerprints and sometimes even mug shots. Usually reports contain the details of their arrests like date and time of arrest, the location of the arrest, officer’s name and badge number, arresting agency, the charges, disposition, incarcerations and any information pertaining to vehicles involved.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Pennsylvania, going from 45,579 crimes in 2006 to 35,132 by 22% 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.

Pennsylvania Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Laws

Pennsylvania Arrest Laws

A police officer in Pennsylvania can arrest someone with a valid arrest warrant. When they arrest without a warrant, they are subject to specific circumstances. When an officer is present for someone committing a crime or has probable cause that someone has committed an offense, crime or violation, they can arrest them without a warrant. They can also arrest someone when in hot pursuit of them. A peace officer can arrest someone they suspect of domestic or child abuse.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Pennsylvania?

Peace officers have the right to arrest someone in Pennsylvania with or without a warrant. A private citizen also has the power to arrest someone in Pennsylvania when they see someone commit a crime or know of someone who committed a crime. Any private person who arrests someone must immediately turn them over to law enforcement. Peace officers consist of local law enforcement and state police along with other officers given the power of arrest by the state.

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

Many arrest records will stay on a criminal record forever in Pennsylvania unless the person does something about it. In most cases, arrests that were discharged or were found not guilty can be removed. With convictions, the offender must wait five years and have no additional charges against them before applying for expungement. With some crimes, they first need to complete probation, treatment program or Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) before applying.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes, Pennsylvania does allow expungement of certain convictions. Arrests where the charges were dropped, or the person was found not guilty can pretty easily be expunged. Convictions carry a waiting period (usually five years) and other stipulations before the offender can apply. In some cases, such as with violent felonies, they can never get them removed. In other cases, they will have to undergo treatment or state-mandated programs before applying for expungement.

The Arrest Rate in Pennsylvania

Arrest Rate in Pennsylvania

For 2016, Pennsylvania incurred 379,941 of arrests for the year. Of that total, 73,739 were Part I offenses and 306,202 were Part II offenses. The gender split was 276,374 of the arrestees were male and the rest female. The race designation was 265,146 of them were white, 111,251 were black, and 3,517 were an unknown race. Of the annual total, 44,976 were juveniles and the rest adults. The most significant percentage (144,288) were under the age of 25. Arrests for that year decreased from the previous year.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

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

Offender Age

0-9 0.0%
10-19 30.2%
20-29 34.9%
30-39 17.0%
40-49 8.5%
50-59 7.5%
60-69 0.9%
70-79 0.0%
80-89 0.0%
90-99 0.0%
Unknown 0.9%
Offenders w/ reported age 106

Victim Age

0-9 5.6%
10-19 25.9%
20-29 27.8%
30-39 19.4%
40-49 10.2%
50-59 8.3%
60-69 1.9%
70-79 0.9%
80-89 0.0%
90-99 0.0%
Victims w/ reported age 108

Crime Victim Demographics

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

Location Type

Residence Home 59
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 25
Convenience Store 12
Department/Discount Store 5
Drug Store/Doctors Office/Hospital 4
Restaurant 4
Unknown 3
Park/Playground 3
Specialty Store 3
Bank 2

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Stranger 53
Acquaintance 37
Relationship Unknown 19
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 10
Child 10
Otherwise Known 4
Sibling 3
Friend 2
Spouse 2
Other Family Member 1

Pennsylvania Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Pennsylvania was for Drug Abuse Violations - 66,830, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. The least popularity had Vagrancy arrests - with only 336 crimes a year.

Arrest Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime 3,049 20,385 23,434
Property Crime 5,821 50,437 56,258
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 19 464 483
Rape 238 1,171 1,409
Robbery 1,071 4,891 5,962

Is your State Safer than Pennsylvania?

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Crime rate - 2,155
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 22%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

County Crime Rate
Bucks County 0.16
Allegheny County 0.24
Erie County 0.36
York County 0.68
Mercer County 0.89
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