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Washington offers criminal history reports, including arrest records to the general public as part of the Freedom of Information Act. The state keeps a central repository of all criminal records. All record requests are fingerprint-based. Any private citizen can get a copy online, through the mail or in person. The reports offered to the general public will be less expensive than what is shared among other law enforcement agencies. When requesting a copy, someone will have to fill out a form and pay a fee.
Yes, the general public is allowed to access to arrest records. However, not all information will be available on a public access record. The public records law offers a censored version for private citizens and a complete version for other government agencies. A central database is kept of all criminal data for easy access. When making a request, the user needs to have someone’s fingerprints and a consent form. They will also have to fill out paperwork and pay a fee.
|Black or African American||28%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||2%|
|Offenders w/ reported race||3,562|
|Black or African American||14%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||2%|
|Victims w/ reported race||3,765|
Washington arrest records will show a lot of criminal history information like arrests, convictions, charges, sentencing, disposition, bail, bond, fees, and other fines paid. Also included will be the date and place of arrest, the officer’s name and badge number, arresting agency, booking details and any vehicles involved. Additionally, general information like name, phone, address, gender, race, height, weight, other physical description, mug shots and fingerprints will be on there too.
Yes. Police reports in Washington are public records according to the Public Records Act (See Revised Code of Washington, RCW 42.56 ). Big cities like Seattle have set up portals for the public to view all copies of Washington police reports (called a general offense report). These reports are available within 8 hours after the event and three days after serious crimes like homicide, burglary, and aggravated assault.
Some information will be redacted (blacked out) to protect innocent citizens and personal, private information. To use the system, you must create an account on the portal.
The types of information contained within a Washington police report are:
Washington mugshots are also public records and seen online in county jail rosters, news and media outlets, public records websites, and other places. There is no typical mugshot style for Washington. Many of the suspects are photographed in plain clothes, some in jail attire, and all of them are pictured in front of a light or dark gray background. Most suspects in mugshots are frowning or look quite unhappy. Occasionally one will smile or make a silly face.
Police started using mugshots in the 1800s when a French policeman, Alphonse Bertillon, made it part of his standard practice. He played around with lighting, poses, and backgrounds until he devised the perfect combination, which is widely used around the world today.
The Washington booking process is laid out very cleanly. After someone is arrested, they are taken to the local county jail where they are booked and processed into the system. That process usually takes four to six hours and consists of:
Usually, Washington offenders will stay in jail until they can pay bail, or they see the judge.
The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Washington, going from 16,898 crimes in 2006 to 16,640 by 12% 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.
A Washington police officer can arrest someone with a warrant. They may also arrest them without a warrant when they believe someone committed a gross misdemeanor causing someone else harm. They can even arrest someone they have reasonable cause to believe has committed a felony in or not in their presence. Washington police can also arrest someone for violating parole, probation or a restraining order. If an officer suspects someone of committing child or domestic abuse, they can arrest them in that case also.
Any local police officer can arrest someone per the laws regarding arrests in the state. Federal and state law enforcement agents also have the power to arrest someone in the state. Any private citizen may also arrest someone when they witness a crime being committed or know that someone committed a crime. Officers from other states can also arrest someone when in fresh pursuit of a suspect across state lines.
Some Washington arrests will stay on a record forever. However, offenders are allowed to petition the court to have some misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor arrests expunged. They must wait three years after completion of their sentencing, however, before requesting they be removed. The decision is entirely up to the judge, and many are not compliant. Offenders also cannot have any additional charges or convictions. They must also comply with a list of requirements as well.
Yes. It is allowed expungement for some minor misdemeanor crimes. The decision to expunge or not is up to the individual judge. Offenders must apply in the court where they were originally sentenced. There is a lot of paperwork and fees involved in the expungement process. They also must wait a period of three years following completion of their sentence before even petitioning the court. Cases, where charges were already downgraded, are much harder to get expunged. An example would be a DUI.
For 2017,147,488 arrests were recorded for the year. Of that total, 27,946 were for assault, 13,447 were for drug violations, 24,795 were for theft, 1,570 for weapons violations, 4,344 were for robbery and 59,220 were for various Group B violations.
Most of the violent crime offenders in Washington were 20-29 and the largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.
|Offenders w/ reported age||22,636|
|Victims w/ reported age||21,442|
Residence Home is the place where the majority of crimes in Washington were committed, in most of the crime cases the offender was a stranger.
|Drug Store/Doctors Office/Hospital||444|
The popular arrests for 2017 in Washington was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 58,249, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Embezzlement arrests - with only 54 crimes a year.
|Arrest Type||Under 18||All ages||Total arrests|
|Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter||17||158||175|