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Arkansas has a population of 3.014 million, which makes it the 33rd most populated state in the country, and the 34th most densely populated. The state’s capital and the most populated city is Little Rock, which has a population of 198,606. There are 75 counties in the state, with the most populated being Pulaski County, the home of Little Rock, and the least populated is Calhoun County. 

Like many southern states, Arkansas suffers from above-average crime, and its 2018 violent crime rate of 5.44 per 1,000 is about 47% higher than the national rate. The state’s most dangerous city is West Memphis, which logged an extremely high violent crime rate of 19.7 incidents per 1,000. In addition to its high rate of crime, Arkansas experiences a higher than usual number of arrests per year. 

Arkansas Arrest and Crime Statistics

  • 120,240 arrests were reported in Arkansas in 2018, and 7,697 arrests were made of minors under the age of 18.
  • Of these arrests, 4,650 were made for violent crimes, including 141 arrests for murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, 238 for rape, and 3,797 for aggravated assault. 
  • The leading identified cause of arrests in Arkansas was drug abuse violations, which resulted in 17,954 arrests, trailed by ‘Other assaults’ which accounted for 11,866 arrests, and larceny-theft with 10,118 arrests. 
  • 5,761 people were arrested for driving under the influence, and 1,265 were arrested for violating liquor laws.
  • 5,035 people in Arkansas were arrested for drunkenness. 
  • There are over 16,000 registered sex offenders in Arkansas.  

Sources: FBI: 2018 Crime in the United States, ACIC Sex Offender Registry


What is a public arrest record?

An arrest record is a report produced by a law enforcement entity after the arrest or apprehension of an individual which contains the details of the incident, the individual’s personal information, and occasionally includes additional information about the individual’s criminal record.

An arrest record is often a key document in a criminal case and may play a significant role in an ensuing trial. The arrest record may remain in the public record for a long time regardless of whether the suspect is ultimately convicted of the crime(s) for which they were initially arrested. This means that it can be accessed by the general public.  

What is included in a public arrest record?

  • Description of the incident: An arrest record will include a chronological account of the alleged crime produced by the arresting officer that may utilize information provided by first-hand witnesses and/or victims of the alleged crime. 
  • Date and location of the arrest
  • Physical description: The height, weight, hair color, sex, and race of the arrested person, along with other distinguishing characteristics such as tattoos, scars, or birthmarks. 
  • Personal information: The name, age, date of birth, phone number, address, social security number, and other contact information of the arrested individual, as well as any other names the person may go by. 
  • Photographs
  • Fingerprints
  • Criminal charges filed
  • Classification of the crime: Whether the alleged crime is a felony or a misdemeanor.
  • Bail
  • Court date
  • Police interrogation details

What are the types of charges that may appear on an arrest record?

Generally, charges are classified into three main categories:

  • Infraction – An infraction is a minor violation of the law that is regulated at the state level. Punishment for an infraction is typically a fine or a written warning, rather than a jail or prison sentence. Examples of infractions include minor traffic violations, public nuisance offenses, and littering. 
  • Misdemeanor – A misdemeanor is a crime that is more serious than an infraction, but less severe than a felony, and generally punishable by a term of imprisonment of less than a year, or a term of probation. An individual convicted of a misdemeanor is more likely to serve time in a county or local jail than a federal or state prison. Examples of misdemeanors include driving under the influence, most drug abuse violations, and petty theft.
  • Felony – A felony is the most serious type of crime and generally results in a term of imprisonment of more than one year in a state or federal prison. Having a felony on one’s record may result in limitations of employment and the acquisition of specialty licenses. Examples of felonies include rape, murder, and arson.  

Who can access arrest records?

As in most other states, arrest records (also known as arrest reports) are public records in Arkansas and can be accessed by anyone upon request to a law enforcement agency, and may come up during a routine background check. 

Other examples of Arkansas public records include:

  • vital records such as birth and death certificates
  • marriage licenses
  • mugshots
  • court records
  • voting records
  • property records 

Where are physical copies of arrest records kept in Arkansas?

Arrest records are typically held by the law enforcement agency responsible for the arrest, usually a local police department or county sheriff’s office. They also may be kept in the archive of a state government agency, or circuit court. However, there is no official repository for arrest records. 

Why can’t I access an arrest record in Arkansas?

There are a number of reasons why you may not be able to access an arrest record. Although the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires federal agencies to release arrest records and other public records, records that fall under certain exemptions can be withheld from the public.

The FOIA includes nine exemptions that allow agencies to withhold documents, such as arrest records, and not release them to the public. They are:

  1. The information is classified to protect natural security. 
  2. The information focuses on the internal rules and practices of the agency.
  3. Another federal law prohibits the release of the information.
  4. The information includes confidential trade secrets and/or commercial and financial information. 
  5. The information includes privileged, confidential communicative exchanges between two agencies. 
  6. The information could pose a danger to another person’s privacy if released.
  7. The information is reserved for law enforcement purposes in a court case or an investigation or could reveal a confidential source. 
  8. The information includes confidential information about financial institution supervision. 
  9. The information includes geographical information about wells.

Additionally, some state laws limit the availability of arrest records due to the fact that they are perceived as one-sided documents that do not include the arrested person’s account of the incident. 

What is the difference between an arrest record and a criminal record?

Compared to an arrest record, a criminal record is a more thorough document that details an individual’s entire criminal history, including arrest warrants, arrests, third party complaints, convictions, and even dropped cases. 

What is the difference between an arrest record and an arrest warrant?

An arrest warrant is a document issued by a judge or magistrate that grants law enforcement the authority to arrest an individual suspected of a crime or to search and seize the individual’s property, whereas an arrest record is a document of an arrest that is only created after an arrest or apprehension has already occurred.  

In order for a judge or magistrate to issue an arrest warrant, they must conclude that there is probable cause for an arrest. Probable cause must be backed by sworn testimony or an affidavit that provides sufficient information supporting the need for an arrest. An arrest warrant must also specify one individual that should be arrested, rather than a group of individuals or a rough description of a suspect. 

How many Americans have been arrested?

While crime has steadily dropped in the United States over the past several decades, arrests have gone up, particularly for younger age groups. Typically, law enforcement makes around 10 million arrests each year. Here are some key statistics on arrests in the United States:

  • In 2018, around 10.3 million arrests were made nationwide.
  • 73% of arrested persons in 2018 were males.
  • The more recent an American was born, the greater the likelihood that the individual has been arrested at least once. The following is the percentage of Americans in various age groups that have been arrested: 
    • 6.4% of Americans  born before 1949
    • 10.7% of Americans born between 1949 and 1958
    • 13.8% of Americans born between 1959 and 1968
    • 18.7% of Americans born between 1969 and 1978
    • 23% of Americans born between 1979-1988

Sources: Federal Bureau of Investigation, RAND Corporation

How to search for Arrest Records in Arkansas

How do I search for public arrest records through the Arkansas State Police?

The Arkansas State Police has two systems for people who wish to run a criminal background check, which will include arrest records in the results. They are: 

  1. The ARCH system for those performing a search for a personal reasons 
  2. The system for those mandated by law to perform the background check or have the signed consent of the subject of the search.

Arkansas Criminal History (ARCH) System

This system is for those who wish to perform a criminal history background check for personal reasons other than legally mandated ones. The search can be done by any person and signed consent of the subject of the search is not required.

Each name-based search costs $24 and is non-refundable. The payment can be made by debit or credit card. Once the name search is performed, the searcher is allowed to click and view a single result, and download and print the result if they wish. 

Users will be charged a fee even if their search yields no results. 

Click here to perform a search. 

Legally Mandated Criminal Background Check

This search can be done using the Official State of Arkansas Online Criminal Background Check System and it is limited to:

To perform a search using the online system, one must first subscribe online with the Information Network of Arkansas (INA). After obtaining an online account, the price is $22 per name-based request. 

However, those that do not have an online account can mail in a request by filling out and submitting the Arkansas Background Check Request Form along with a payment of $25 in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Arkansas State Police. The completed form and payment should be sent in an envelope to the following address:

Arkansas State Police

Identification Bureau

1 State Police Plaza Drive

Little Rock, AR 72209

For questions regarding the mailed-in request form, call the Arkansas State Police ID Bureau at 501-618-8500

How can I search for an Arkansas arrest record on the internet using a background check service?

Since tracking down physical copies of arrest records can prove challenging, searching for them online is a viable option. There is a wealth of online services that allow you to search and access Arkansas arrest records and other public records via numerous government agency databases in exchange for a fee. 

However, despite the fact that users must pay to obtain an arrest record from an online service, it’s nevertheless a convenient means of getting these documents. The offices of government agencies are often marred by inconsistent service and take a long time to process requests to view documents. 

Sometimes it’s worth it to pay a fee to use an online background check service, rather than endure the extended delays typical of government offices.  

What can I do if my arrest record has a mistake?

If your Arkansas arrest record incorrectly displays the arrest of another person, you are allowed to challenge the record at no personal cost. 

To do so, you must visit a law enforcement agency and be fingerprinted. Then, your fingerprints will be compared with those in the record. If your fingerprints do not match those on the arrest record, the record will be removed from your Arkansas criminal history.   

Arkansas Courthouse and Sheriff Information by County

Arkansas CountyArkansas County Judge's Office101 Court Square
DeWitt, AR 72042
870-946-4321Arkansas County Sheriff's Office1000 Ricebelt Ave
DeWitt, AR 72042
Ashley CountyAshley County District Court307 Main St
Crossett, AR 71635
870-364-7620Ashley County Sheriff205 E Jefferson St
Hamburg, AR 71646
Baxter CountyBaxter County Courthouse1 E 7th St
Mountain Home, AR 72653
870-425-3475Baxter County Jail906 Elm St
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Benton CountyBenton County Circuit Court102 NE A St #203
Bentonville, AR 72712
479-271-1015Benton County Jail Administration1300 SW 14th St
Bentonville, AR 72712
Boone CountyBoone County Courthouse100-198 N Main St
Harrison, AR 72601
870-741-2788Boone County Sheriff's Office5800 Law Dr
Harrison, AR 72601
Bradley CountyBradley County District Court104 Myrtle
Warren, AR 71671
870-226-2567Bradley County - Sheriff's Office101 E Cedar St B
Warren, AR 71671
Calhoun CountyCalhoun County Municipal Court309 W Main St
Hampton, AR 71744
870-798-2165Calhoun County Sheriff's Office449 9th St
Hampton, AR 71744
Carroll CountyCarroll County Municipal Court103 Spring St
Berryville, AR 72616
870-423-6247Carroll County Sheriff's Office205 Hailey Rd
Berryville, AR 72616
Chicot CountyChicot County Judge108 Main St #2
Lake Village, AR 71653
870-265-8000Chicot County Sheriff's Department513 Main St
Lake Village, AR 71653
Clark CountyClark County District Court419 Clay St
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
870-246-9552Clark County Sheriff's Department406 S 5th St
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Clay CountyClay County Municipal Court800 SW 2nd St
Corning, AR 72422
870-857-0115Clay County Sheriff's Office268 S 2nd Ave
Piggott, AR 72454
Cleburne CountyCleburne County Circuit ClerkCourthouse, 301 W Main St 1st floor
Heber Springs, AR 72543
501-362-8149Cleburne County Jail914 S 9th St
Heber Springs, AR 72543
Cleveland CountyCleveland County Circuit Court20 E Magnolia St
Rison, AR 71665
870-325-6902Cleveland County Sheriff20 E Magnolia St
Rison, AR 71665
Columbia CountyColumbia County Circuit Clerk1 Court Sq #3
Magnolia, AR 71753
870-235-3700Columbia County Sheriff's Department82 Columbia Rd 300
Magnolia, AR 71753
Conway CountyConway County Courthouse117 S Moose St
Morrilton, AR 72110
(501) 354-9615Conway County Sheriff30 Southern Valley Dr
Morrilton, AR 72110
Craighead CountyCraighead County District Court Clerk511 Union St
Jonesboro, AR 72401
870-933-4581Craighead County Sheriff901 Willett Rd
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Crawford CountyCrawford County Courthouse Annex220 S 4th St
Van Buren, AR 72956
479-471-3290Crawford County Jail317 Main St
Van Buren, AR 72956
Crittenden CountyCourthouse100 Court St
Marion, AR 72364
870-739-3248Crittenden Sheriff's Office350 Afco Rd
West Memphis, AR 72301
Cross CountyCross County Clerk705 E Union Ave # 8
Wynne, AR 72396
870-238-5735Cross County Sheriff's Office704 Canal St
Wynne, AR 72396
Dallas CountyCounty & Circuit Clerk206 W 3rd St
Fordyce, AR 71742
870-352-2307Dallas County Sheriff106 Charlotte
Fordyce, AR 71742
Desha CountyDesha County Circuit Court406 W Oak St
McGehee, AR 71654
870-222-4703Sheriff's Office604 President St
Arkansas City, AR 71630
Drew CountyDrew County Courthouse210 S Main St
Monticello, AR 71655
870-460-6200Drew County Sheriff's Department210 S Main St
Monticello, AR 71655
Faulkner CountyFaulkner County Courthouse801 Locust St
Conway, AR 72034
501-450-4900Faulkner County Sheriff Department801 Locust St
Conway, AR 72034
Franklin CountyFranklin County Circuit Clerk211 W Commercial St
Ozark, AR 72949
479-667-3818Franklin County Sheriff101 W Main St
Ozark, AR 72949
Fulton CountyFulton County Courthouse131 N Pickren St
Salem, AR 72576
(870) 895-3310Fulton County Sheriff451 N Main St
Salem, AR 72576
Garland CountyGarland County District Courts Building607 Ouachita Ave
Hot Springs, AR 71901
501-321-6765Garland County Sheriff's Office525 Ouachita Ave
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Grant CountyGrant County Courthouse101 W Center St
Sheridan, AR 72150
(870) 942-3464Grant County Sheriff Department101 W Center St
Sheridan, AR 72150
Greene CountyGreene County Courthouse107 W Garland St
Paragould, AR 72450
(870) 239-6300Greene County Sheriff's Department1809 N Rockingchair Rd
Paragould, AR 72450
Hempstead CountyHempstead County Courthouse400 S Washington St
Hope, AR 71801
870-777-6164Hempstead County Sheriff's Office312 S Washington St
Hope, AR 71801
Hot Spring CountyHot Spring County Courthouse210 Locust St.
Malvern, AR 72104
(501) 332-2261Hot Spring County Sheriff215 E Highland Ave #119
Malvern, AR 72104
Howard CountyHoward County Courthouse421 N Main St
Nashville, AR 71852
870-845-7500Howard County Sheriff's Office101 Isaac C. Perkins Bypass
Nashville, AR 71852
Independence CountyIndependence County Courthouse192 E Main St
Batesville, AR 72501
870-793-8800Independence County Sheriff CID1750 Myers Ave
Batesville, AR 72501
Izard CountyIzard County Courthouse, Melbourne, Arkansas 7255687-71 Main St
Melbourne, AR 72556
870-368-4316Izard County Sheriff's Department300 Circle Dr
Melbourne, AR 72556
Jackson CountyJackson County Courthouse200 Main St
Newport, AR 72112
870-523-7424Jackson County Sheriff's Office3300 Theater Dr
Newport, AR 72112
Jefferson CountyJefferson County District Court223 E 3rd Ave
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
870-541-4646Jefferson County Sheriff's Office410 E 2nd Ave
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Johnson CountyJohnson County Courthouse215 W Main St
Clarksville, AR 72830
479-754-2175Johnson County Sheriff Office301 Porter Industrial Rd
Clarksville, AR 72830
Lafayette CountyLafayette District Court110 E 4th St #1
Lewisville, AR 71845
870-921-5555Lafayette County Sheriff Office5 Courthouse Square
Lewisville, AR 71845
Lawrence CountyLawrence County Courthouse315 W Main St
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476
870-886-1110Lawrence County Sheriffs Office and Detention Center501 W Elm St
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476
Lee CountyLee County Judge15 E Chestnut St # 10
Marianna, AR 72360
870-295-7700Lee County Sheriff's Office15 E Chestnut St
Marianna, AR 72360
Lincoln CountyLincoln County District Court300 S Drew St # 201
Star City, AR 71667
870-628-4904Lincoln County Sheriffs Department300 S Drew St
Star City, AR 71667
Little River CountyLittle River County Courthouse351 N 2nd St
Ashdown, AR 71822
870-898-7202Little River County Sheriff351 N 2nd St #2
Ashdown, AR 71822
Logan CountyDistrict Court25 W Walnut St # 36
Paris, AR 72855
479-963-3792Logan County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center201 S Lowder St
Paris, AR 72855
Lonoke CountyLonoke City Municipal Court107 W 2nd St
Lonoke, AR 72086
501-676-3585Lonoke County Sheriff's Office440 Dee Dee Ln
Lonoke, AR 72086
Madison CountyMadison County Arkansas Circuit Court Clerk & Recorder201 W Main St
Huntsville, AR 72740
479-738-2215Madison County Sheriff Department201 W Main St
Huntsville, AR 72740
Marion CountyMarion County Clerk300 E Old Main St
Yellville, AR 72687
870-449-6226Marion County Sheriff221 Randolph Rd
Yellville, AR 72687
Miller CountyMiller County Courthouse400 Laurel St
Texarkana, AR 71854
870-774-1301Miller County Sheriff's Office2300 East St
Texarkana, AR 71854
Mississippi CountyMississippi County Courthouse822 W Plantation Rd
Burdette, AR 72321
870-763-3212Mississippi County Sheriff685 N Co Rd 599
Luxora, AR 72358
Monroe CountyMonroe County Circuit Clerk123 Madison St
Clarendon, AR 72029
870-747-3615Monroe County Jail200 S Main St
Clarendon, AR 72029
Montgomery CountyMontgomery County Clerk105 US-270
Mt Ida, AR 71957
870-867-3521Montgomery Sheriff's Office105 US-270
Mt Ida, AR 71957
Nevada CountyNevada County Clerk's Office215 E 2nd St S
Prescott, AR 71857
870-887-2511Nevada County Sheriffs Department209 E 3rd St S
Prescott, AR 71857
Newton CountyNewton County District Court100 Court St # 201
Jasper, AR 72641
870-446-5335Newton County Sheriff's Office401 Spring St
Jasper, AR 72641
Ouachita CountyOuachita Court House145 Jefferson St SW
Camden, AR 71701
870-837-2210Ouachita County Sheriff's Office109 Goodgame St
Camden, AR 71701
Perry CountyPerry County Courthouse113-115 N Plum St
Perryville, AR 72126
501-889-5296Perry County Sheriff's Office106 S Oak St
Perryville, AR 72126
Phillips CountyPhillips County Probate Judge620 Cherry St # 208
Helena, AR 72342
870-338-5500Phillips County Sheriff's Office201 Perry St
Helena, AR 72342
Pike CountyPike County Municipal Court114 N Washington St # A
Murfreesboro, AR 71958
870-285-3865Pike County Sheriff's Office305 Industrial Park Dr
Murfreesboro, AR 71958
Poinsett CountyPoinsett County Courthouse401 Market St
Harrisburg, AR 72432
870-578-4410Poinsett County Sheriff1500 Justice Ln
Harrisburg, AR 72432
Polk CountyPolk County Courthouse507 Church Ave
Mena, AR 71953
479-394-8123Polk County Sheriff's Office507 Church Ave # 1
Mena, AR 71953
Pope CountyPope County Courthouse100 W Main St
Russellville, AR 72801
479-968-7499Pope County Sheriff Office3 Emergency Ln
Russellville, AR 72802
Prairie CountyPrairie County Circuit Clerk200 Court House Sq # 104
Des Arc, AR 72040
870-256-4434Prairie County Sheriff's Office200 W Courthouse Square #101
Des Arc, AR 72040
Pulaski CountyPulaski County Circuit and County Clerk401 W Markham St #100
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-340-8500Pulaski County Sheriff's Office2900 S Woodrow St
Little Rock, AR 72204
Randolph CountyRandolph County Court House107 W Broadway St C
Pocahontas, AR 72455
870-892-5264Randolph County Sheriff's Office1510 Pace Rd, Pocahontas, AR 72455870-892-8888
Saint Francis CountySt. Francis District Court615 E Cross Ave
Forrest City, AR 72335
870-261-1410St Francis County Sheriff313 S Izard St
Forrest City, AR 72335
Saline CountySaline County Courthouse200 N Main St
Benton, AR 72015
501-303-5600Saline County Sheriff Services735 S Neeley St
Benton, AR 72015
Scott CountyDistrict Court-Scott County190 W 1st St #15
Waldron, AR 72958
479-637-4694Scott County Sheriff380 Featherston St
Waldron, AR 72958
Searcy CountyDistrict Court-Searcy County100 Nome St
Marshall, AR 72650
870-448-5411Searcy County Sheriff's Office208 Factory Rd
Marshall, AR 72650
Sebastian CountySebastian County Circuit Court901 B St S # 206
Fort Smith, AR 72901
479-783-1103Sebastian County Sheriff's Office800 S A St
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Sevier CountySevier Municipal Court Clerk115 N 3rd St #215
De Queen, AR 71832
870-584-7311Sevier County Sheriff's Office115 N 3rd St #114
De Queen, AR 71832
Sharp CountySharp County Courthouse718 Ash Flat Dr N
Ash Flat, AR 72513
870-994-7361Sharp County Sheriff30 A Court Rd
Ash Flat, AR 72513
Stone CountyStone County District Court211 Blanchard St A
Mountain View, AR 72560
870-269-3465Stone County Sheriff Office1009 Sheriff's Ln
Mountain View, AR 72560
Union CountyUnion County Courthouse101 N Washington Ave
El Dorado, AR 71730
870-864-1910Union County Sheriff's Office250 American Rd
El Dorado, AR 71730
Van Buren CountyVan Buren County Courthouse273 Main St
Clinton, AR 72031
501-745-4140Van Buren County Sheriff Administration184 Detention Dr
Clinton, AR 72031
Washington CountyWashington County Courthouse280 N College Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479-444-1700Washington County: Sheriff1155 W Clydesdale Dr
Fayetteville, AR 72701
White CountyWhite County Courthouse300 N Spruce St
Searcy, AR 72143
501-279-6200White County, Arkansas Sheriff's Office1600 E Booth Rd
Searcy, AR 72143
Woodruff CountyWoodruff County Courthouse500 North 3rd
Augusta, AR 72006
870-347-5206Woodruff County Sheriff's Office500 N 3rd St
Augusta, AR 72006
Yell CountyYell County District Court106 Union St # 103
Dardanelle, AR 72834
479-229-1389Yell County Sheriff's Department201 E 5th St
Danville, AR 72833


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