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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Texas

The state of Texas maintains a central repository for all criminal records including arrests, charges, convictions and incarcerations all in one place. Upon request, they offer copies of someone’s criminal history to the general public. Anyone can search the system using someone’s name only. They do not provide public access to fingerprint record searches. The requestor may have to set up an account and pay fees when they order records. All law enforcement agencies feed into the database with their daily records.

Are Arrest Records public in Texas?

Yes. According to the Freedom of Information Act, Texas allows the general public access to criminal and arrest records upon request. To obtain one for someone in Texas, all someone needs is the person’s name and date of birth. If they request the information from a government agency, they will have to fill out forms, pay a fee and possibly wait for the report.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

White 49%
Black or African American 43%
Unknown 7%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

White 68%
Black or African American 28%
Unknown 2%
Asian 2%
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 Texas Arrest Report?

A Texas arrest report 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. It will also include details about 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 information will also be on there.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Texas, going from 100,774 crimes in 2006 to 98,102 by 21% 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.

Texas Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Laws

Texas Arrest Laws

A Texas police officer can arrest someone with a valid warrant any time of day or night. They can also arrest someone when they commit an offense in their presence. This applies to felonies or misdemeanors that disturb the public peace. A police officer can also arrest someone who is a suspect in a crime that has been committed. Police may even apprehend someone who they have probable cause to believe may harm someone or has injured someone including domestic and child abuse.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Texas?

Any peace officer in the state of Texas may arrest someone. According to Texas law, a peace officer “means a person elected, employed, or appointed as a peace officer under Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, or other law.” Any private citizen can also arrest someone when they witness them committing a crime or know that someone committed a felony. They have the right to use excessive force when detaining them and delivering them to law enforcement.

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

Some Texas arrest records and convictions will stay on a criminal record forever. Texas offers expungement for arrests where the charges were dropped, or the person was found not guilty plus some other minor petty crimes. In the case of convictions, the offender has the option of applying for the sealing of those records. They must wait at least five years before asking a judge to seal their criminal conviction records. Meanwhile, those will show up on any background check done on them.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes. For arrests that resulted in a not guilty verdict, or the person was never actually charged they could have those records expunged. Some minor crimes are also eligible for expungement. More severe crimes, however, cannot be expunged but offenders can apply to have them sealed instead. There is a long list of serious crimes such as sexual offenses, child abuse, kidnapping, and murder, along with others where a person cannot ever remove them from their record.

The Arrest Rate in Texas

Arrest Rate in Texas

For 2017, Texas recorded 759,550 arrests for the year. Of those 572,395 were committed by men, and 187,155 by women. Most of the crimes were committed by people age 25-34 years old. More than 65,000 were for assaults, 135,000 were for drug offenses, and more than 60,000 were for larceny-theft.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

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

Offender Age

0-9 0.1%
10-19 18.0%
20-29 28.2%
30-39 17.9%
40-49 9.0%
50-59 5.5%
60-69 1.7%
70-79 0.4%
80-89 0.1%
90-99 0.1%
Unknown 18.8%
Offenders w/ reported age 20,184

Victim Age

0-9 4.6%
10-19 21.0%
20-29 27.8%
30-39 20.6%
40-49 12.4%
50-59 8.9%
60-69 3.3%
70-79 1.0%
80-89 0.3%
90-99 0.1%
Victims w/ reported age 18,949

Crime Victim Demographics

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

Location Type

Residence Home 9,951
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 3,191
Parking Garage/Lot 1,619
Convenience Store 959
Restaurant 567
Unknown 499
Hotel/Motel 486
Department/Discount Store 419
Specialty Store 306
Bar/Nightclub 298

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Relationship Unknown 9,354
Acquaintance 3,876
Stranger 2,699
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 1,991
Otherwise Known 1,028
Other Family Member 784
Spouse 776
Friend 669
Child 617
Sibling 510

State Arrests by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Texas was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 229,635, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Gambling arrests - with only 372 crimes a year.

Arrest Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime Total 3,723 30,372 34,095
Property Crime Total 12,398 78,504 90,902
Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter 63 839 902
Rape 355 2,247 2,602
Robbery 1,477 6,519 7,996

Is your State Safer than Texas?

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Texas
Crime rate - 3,407
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 21%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

County Crime Rate
Dallas County 12.85
Brooks County 13.86
Crosby County 16.69
Tarrant County 49.33
Collin County 49.38

State County Arrests

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