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How to Look Up Arrest Records in South Dakota

The state maintains a central database that holds all the criminal records for the state, including arrest records going back to 1989. SD 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 background checks are conducted by name, and each record costs a fee of $20.

Are Arrest Records Public Records in South Dakota?

Yes, the state 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.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

White 49%
American Indian or Alaska Native 32%
Black or African American 11%
Unknown 7%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

White 57%
American Indian or Alaska Native 29%
Black or African American 7%
Unknown 7%
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 South Dakota Arrest Report?

A South Dakota arrest record will provide basic details about the person like name, email, phone, address, gender, race, age, date of birth, fingerprints, height, weight, and other physical descriptors. Other details included will be each arrest including South Dakota mugshots, 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.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

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.

South Dakota Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Laws

South Dakota Arrest Laws

An SD 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.

Who has a Power of Arrest in South Dakota?

Not only do local law enforcement have the right to arrest someone in SD, 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 SD. 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.

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

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.

Can you Expunge your Records?

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.

The Arrest Rate in South Dakota

Arrest Rate in South Dakota

For 2017, 44,265 arrests were made. 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.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

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

Offender Age

0-9 0.0%
10-19 17.9%
20-29 34.5%
30-39 25.6%
40-49 11.4%
50-59 5.9%
60-69 1.5%
70-79 0.4%
80-89 0.1%
90-99 0.0%
Unknown 2.7%
Offenders w/ reported age 2,279

Victim Age

0-9 4.2%
10-19 21.5%
20-29 30.2%
30-39 22.4%
40-49 11.6%
50-59 6.7%
60-69 2.2%
70-79 0.6%
80-89 0.3%
90-99 0.2%
Victims w/ reported age 2,470

Crime Victim Demographics

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.

Location Type

Residence Home 1,525
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 336
Parking Garage/Lot 123
Hotel/Motel 92
Unknown 68
Bar/Nightclub 47
Park/Playground 47
Convenience Store 41
Gambling Facility/Casino/Race Track 35
Gas Station 31

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Relationship Unknown 668
Acquaintance 592
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 378
Stranger 302
Otherwise Known 156
Spouse 118
Friend 75
Sibling 64
Child 53
Other Family Member 48

South Dakota Arrest Records by Type of Crime

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
Violent Crime 131 1,748 1,879
Property Crime 809 3,283 4,092
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 1 16 17
Rape 8 79 87
Robbery 13 88 101

South Dakota Department of Public Safety

  • Address: 118 West Capitol Avenue Pierre, SD 57501
  • Phone: (605) 773-3178
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South Dakota
Crime rate - 3,048
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 2%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

County Crime Rate
Edmunds County 25.30
Hughes County 45.45
Walworth County 53.48
Brown County 84.34
Roberts County 87.76
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