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How to Look Up Arrest Records in West Virginia

Under West Virginia Code 15-2-24(d), law enforcement agencies will supply upon request, a person’s criminal and arrest records to any private citizen. The state keeps a central repository of all criminal records for the state and all forms of law enforcement feed into them with daily records. All arrest record requests are processed via fingerprints. A requestor may need a consent form before obtaining a copy of someone’s arrest records. They can call the state for more information on how to obtain criminal background checks and arrest records.

Are Arrest Records public in West Virginia?

Yes. West Virginia law honors the Freedom of Information Act by allowing the general public access to criminal and arrest records. They provide reports upon request based on fingerprint data. The state does not offer online services, everything has to be done in person, and sometimes people will need a consent form for the subject of their inquiry.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

White 74%
Black or African American 18%
Unknown 8%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

White 83%
Black or African American 11%
Unknown 5%
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 West Virginia Arrest Report?

West Virginia arrest records are informative. Along with general data like name, address, phone, gender, race, height, weight, mug shots, and fingerprints, they also contain someone’s entire arrest history. Each arrest will include the date of the arrest, time, arresting officer’s name, arresting agency, the charges, and disposition. Also included will be booking details, bail or bond posted associated with the charges and any pleas. Sometimes even attorney names, other accomplices and any vehicles involved will also be on there.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has increased over the past decade in West Virginia, going from 2,157 crimes in 2006 to 2,384 by 12% 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.

West Virginia Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Laws

West Virginia Arrest Laws

West Virginia police officers can arrest someone with a warrant. They can also arrest someone without a warrant when the officer believes that an offense has been committed and the suspect committed it. Officers can arrest someone when a crime has been committed in their presence. West Virginia police officers can also arrest someone when they know a felony has been committed and they have probable cause to believe that someone has committed it or someone else has given them credible information that the person committed the crime.

Who has a Power of Arrest in West Virginia?

Any peace officer in the state of West Virginia can arrest someone. This list includes state police, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, any municipal police officer and also campus police officers. Any of these have the authority to arrest someone within the state with a valid arrest warrant or without a warrant in certain circumstances. Any private citizen can also arrest someone in the state when they witness a felony being committed or they are aware that one was committed and who did it.

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

Many arrests will remain on a record forever in West Virginia. Arrests and charges that were dismissed or the person was found not guilty, can be expunged. Offenders must wait at least 60 days before applying to have their records expunged. If they were convicted, they must wait at least a year before applying to have their records expunged. They must file in the court where they were sentenced. Only certain crimes are eligible, and others will stay on a criminal record forever.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes. In West Virginia arrests and some convictions can be expunged after complying with a whole list of requirements. If the person was arrested but never convicted, they could apply 60 days after the incident. If they were convicted of a minor crime, they can apply after a year. Felonies cannot be expunged unless they first get a full and complete pardon from the governor.

The Arrest Rate in West Virginia

Arrest Rate in West Virginia

For the last year reported, 2016, West Virginia reported 15,858 arrests. The most significant number of them (6,311) were for property crimes, another 3,958 were for larceny-theft, 1,957 were for burglary, 1,592 were for violent crime, and 1,372 were for aggravated assault.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

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

Offender Age

0-9 0.3%
10-19 9.9%
20-29 29.1%
30-39 24.3%
40-49 14.5%
50-59 8.6%
60-69 2.7%
70-79 0.7%
80-89 0.1%
90-99 0.2%
Unknown 9.4%
Offenders w/ reported age 5,164

Victim Age

0-9 8.7%
10-19 14.7%
20-29 25.4%
30-39 21.1%
40-49 15.0%
50-59 8.9%
60-69 3.7%
70-79 1.7%
80-89 0.5%
90-99 0.2%
Victims w/ reported age 5,341

Crime Victim Demographics

In most of the crime cases the offender was an acquaintance.

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Acquaintance 1,223
Stranger 797
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 757
Relationship Unknown 709
Otherwise Known 550
Child 470
Spouse 337
Other Family Member 193
Parent 169
Friend 150

West Virginia Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in West Virginia was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 11,734, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Curfew and Loitering Law Violations arrests - with only 18 crimes a year.

Arrest Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime 57 1,832 1,889
Property Crime 162 5,077 5,239
Rape 9 103 112
Robbery 6 123 129
Aggravated Assault 42 1,575 1,617

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West Virginia
Crime rate - 4,109
The crime rate in the last 5 years - down by 12%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

County Crime Rate
Mingo County 16.23
Mcdowell County 104.49
Hardy County 144.00
Greenbrier County 175.74
Hancock County 189.25
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