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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Virginia

According to Section 19.2-389 of the Code of VA, the state provides criminal records including arrests to the general public upon request. The state keeps a central repository of all Virginia arrest records and criminal records. They require that the public use a particular form to request copies of documents and in some cases, they also need the person's consent. Each state record request costs $27, but since they are processed through fingerprints, there is an additional charge of $13.25 for fingerprinting. When filling out a request form, the requestor will need to have it notarized.

Are Virginia Arrest Records Public?

VA honors the Freedom of Information Act by allowing public access to criminal and arrest records. When requesting someone’s criminal arrest records, the person must use a specific form and pay the fee. Arrest record requests are processed via fingerprints for an exact match. The requestor may also need to have the form notarized before submitting it.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

Black or African American 53%
White 38%
Unknown 8%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

Black or African American 43%
White 53%
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 Virginia Arrest Report?

A Virginia arrest record, sometimes known as a RAP sheet will show a ton of useful information like name, address, phone, email, gender, race, height, weight, physical description, tattoos, scars, mugshots, and sometimes even fingerprints. Along with that, arrest details, charges, convictions, dispositions, jail time, fines, fees, bond, and bail paid, pleas, the dates of arrest, location and times will show. Additionally, if any vehicles were involved and the arresting officer’s name and agency will be on there as well.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Virginia, going from 13,928 crimes in 2006 to 8,578 by 17% 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.

Virginia Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Laws

Virginia Arrest Laws

Police officers can arrest someone in this state with an arrest warrant. VA officers can also arrest someone who commits a crime in front of them, or they have reasonable cause to believe someone committed a felony although not in their presence. Officers may also arrest someone they suspect is operating a vehicle (including watercraft) under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These same officers can arrest someone after a motor vehicle accident if they have probable cause to suspect that someone committed an offense while driving.

Who has a Power of Arrest?

Officers that have the power to arrest someone in this state include state police, sheriffs, county police. Others authorized to arrest per the law are: “the Commissioner, members and employees of the Marine Resources Commission, regular conservation police officers, United States Coast Guard and United States Coast Guard Reserve commissioned, warrant, and petty officers, conservation officers, full-time sworn members of the enforcement division of the Department of Motor Vehicles, special agents of the VA Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority; campus police officers, and members of the Division of Capitol Police.”

How Long Will an Arrest Report Stay on Virginia Criminal Records Report?

Many arrest records will stay on a VA criminal record forever. If the offender was arrested and not charged with a crime, or the charges were dropped, or they were found not guilty, they have the option of expungement. Also, if they received a pardon for their crime or someone stole their identity, and they were falsely accused, they may be eligible for expungement. Additionally, some minor misdemeanor convictions are eligible for expungement too.

Can You Expunge Your Criminal Records?

Yes. VA offers expungement for arrests that never resulted in a conviction and some minor offenses that did result in a conviction. Pardoned convictions can also be expunged. Offenders will have to petition the court for expungement, get a copy of their fingerprints and also pay a fee. The process usually takes about three months for completion. Some serious, violent arrests will stay on their record forever.

The Arrest Rate in Virginia

Arrest Rate in Virginia

For the year 2017, VA incurred 135,409 Group A arrests and 147,578 Group B arrests. Of the overall total 282,987, 46,172 of those were drug charges. Men committed the majority of the offenses (108584). Women committed the remainder (38994). Marijuana charges comprised more than 61% of the drug offenses.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

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

Offender Age

0-9 0.3%
10-19 19.9%
20-29 30.4%
30-39 17.6%
40-49 8.8%
50-59 6.0%
60-69 1.5%
70-79 0.3%
80-89 0.1%
90-99 0.0%
Unknown 15.0%
Offenders w/ reported age 17,996

Victim Age

0-9 4.6%
10-19 20.1%
20-29 30.5%
30-39 19.6%
40-49 11.7%
50-59 8.6%
60-69 3.5%
70-79 1.0%
80-89 0.3%
90-99 0.1%
Victims w/ reported age 18,152

Crime Victim Demographics

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

Location Type

Residence Home 8,941
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 3,862
Parking Garage/Lot 1,530
Convenience Store 1,016
Hotel/Motel 585
Unknown 393
Restaurant 393
Bank 323
School Elementary/Secondary 280
Field/Woods 265

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Relationship Unknown 6,381
Stranger 3,963
Acquaintance 3,611
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 1,685
Otherwise Known 1,540
Friend 701
Child 674
Spouse 630
Offender 458
Other Family Member 421

Virginia Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Virginia was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 91,196, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Gambling arrests - with only 26 crimes a year.

Arrest Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime 709 7,068 7,777
Property Crime 3,553 26,582 30,135
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 24 337 361
Rape 59 430 489
Robbery 321 1,633 1,954

Virginia Department of State Police

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Crime rate - 2,881
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 17%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

County Crime Rate
Craig County 77.55
Rappahannock County 270.71
Montgomery County 301.21
Culpeper County 393.35
Richmond County 421.70
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