South Dakota maintains a central database that holds all the criminal records for the state, including arrest records going back to 1989. South Dakota is one of the few states that use a unified justice system making it easier for all the files to be kept in one repository. They offer records to the general public as part of the Freedom of Information Act and will supply copies upon request. The searches are conducted by name, and each record costs a fee of $20.
Yes, South Dakota allows the general public access to arrest records. Their unified justice system makes it easy for all documents to be stored and maintained in one location. Law enforcement of all types feed into this system adding new records every day. The general public has the right by law to request copies of anyone’s criminal or arrest records.
|American Indian or Alaska Native||32%|
|Black or African American||11%|
|Offenders w/ reported race||3,562|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||29%|
|Black or African American||7%|
|Victims w/ reported race||3,765|
A South Dakota arrest record will provide basic details about the person like name, email, phone, address, gender, race, age, date of birth, mug shots, fingerprints, height, weight, and other physical descriptors. Other details included will be each arrest including 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 will be on there too.
The crime rate has increased over the past decade in South Dakota, going from 835 crimes in 2006 to 2,023 by 2% 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.
A South Dakota law enforcement officer may arrest someone legally with a warrant. They may also arrest someone without a warrant if the person commits more than a petty offense in his or her presence. If they suspect a felony or Class I misdemeanor has been committed not in their presence, then they can arrest someone on those grounds as well. A police officer from another state can also arrest someone when in fresh pursuit of a suspect.
Not only do local law enforcement have the right to arrest someone in South Dakota, but federal officers also have that power. Police officers, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, and state police comprise the local law enforcement officers. DEA, FBI, and CIA would be examples of federal law officers with the power to arrest someone. Any private citizen can also arrest someone in the state of South Dakota. They can do so when they witness them committing a crime, (not a petty offense) in their presence or if they know they committed a felony or misdemeanor not in their presence.
Many arrest records will stay on a South Dakota record forever. Offenders do have the option of applying for expungement but only for certain records and circumstances. They still must wait at least ten years before applying, and they can’t have any additional charges during that time. Arrests, where they were not charged, may be removed easily. Convictions for Class II misdemeanors or petty crimes are eligible to be expunged. If they were previously arrested for something that was decriminalized such as possession of marijuana, those arrest charges also might be expunged.
Yes. The state of South Carolina allows certain convictions and arrest records to be expunged. Offenders must comply with a list of regulations including a waiting period of 10 years before applying. They must also pay a fee. Not all convictions are eligible, and violent crimes will stay on their record forever.
For 2017, South Dakota made 44,265 arrests. Of those, 11.9% (5270) were juveniles. Of the annual total, 6,671 were for DUIs, and 8,224 were for drugs. That is an increase 7.1% for drug arrests.
Most of the violent crime offenders in South Dakota were 20-29 and the largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.
|Offenders w/ reported age||2,279|
|Victims w/ reported age||2,470|
Residence Home is the place where the majority of crimes in South Dakota were committed, in most of the crime cases the offender was a relationship unknown.
|Gambling Facility/Casino/Race Track||35|
|Other Family Member||48|
The popular arrests for 2017 in South Dakota was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 16,967, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter arrests - with only 17 crimes a year.
|Arrest Type||Under 18||All ages||Total arrests|
|Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter||1||16||17|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||106||311||417|
|Forgery and Counterfeiting||5||102||107|
|Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing||49||225||274|
|Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc.||74||334||408|
|Sex Offenses (except rape and prostitution)||28||92||120|
|Drug Abuse Violations||979||8,900||9,879|
|Offenses Against the Family and Children||653||2,361||3,014|
|Driving Under the Influence||88||8,164||8,252|
|All Other Offenses (except traffic)||1,247||15,720||16,967|
|Curfew and Loitering Law Violations||171||171||342|