Arrest Records in Colorado

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Colorado is a growing state with a population of 5.7 million, making it the 21st most populated state and the 37th most densely populated state in the nation.  The state’s capital and largest city is Denver, which has a population of around 716K. Colorado has 64 counties, the most populated of which is El Paso County and the least populated is San Juan County. 

Colorado has a slightly higher than average rate of crime: its 2018 violent crime rate of 3.97 per 1,000 is just above the national rate. The most dangerous city in Colorado is Pueblo, which has a violent crime rate over 2.5 times higher than the statewide rate. Colorado had the 17th highest number of reported arrests in the country in 2018.

Colorado Arrest and Crime Statistics

  • In 2018, there were 193,216 arrests reported in Colorado by 180 law enforcement agencies. 17,906 of the arrests were made of minors under the age of 18.
  • Violent crimes accounted for 7,832 arrests, including 195 for murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, 549 for rape, and 1,166 for robbery. 
  • The leading identified cause of arrests in Colorado was driving under the influence, which accounted for 20,353 arrests, followed by larceny-theft with 19,199 arrests, and other assaults with 16,477 arrests. 
  • Drug abuse violations accounted for 16,172 arrests, while the violation of liquor laws resulted in 7,007 arrests. 
  • Colorado has over 19,000 registered sex offenders.  

Sources: FBI: 2018 Crime in the United States, Colorado 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 Colorado 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 [STATE] 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 Colorado?

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 Colorado?

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 Colorado

Colorado is an open records state, which means that anyone can access the arrest records and state criminal history of any individual as long as the record is not sealed or belonging to a juvenile.

Individuals may use the search provided by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to find criminal history information for anyone in the state. Simply put the personal information of the individual that you wish to search for. Entering a social security number is not required but may yield better results. 

Users may run a one-time search or sign up for an account that will allow them to choose between submitting individual requests or uploading a batch file (a text document of multiple names), and allow prepayment for searches.

Each criminal history check costs $5 and is non-refundable. Users may pay with a credit or debit card. 

How can I search for a Colorado 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 with a background check service is a viable option. There is a wealth of online services that allow you to search and access Colorado 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 Colorado criminal history contains an inaccurate or false arrest record or other mistakes, you can challenge the information by contacting the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Identification Unit at 303-239-4208 and following their instructions. 

Additionally, you may have to get in contact with the arresting agency in order to obtain written documentation supporting a correction.

Colorado Courthouse and Sheriff Information by County

CountyCourthouseAddressPhoneSheriffAddressPhone
Adams CountyAdams County Clerk of Courts1100 Judicial Center Dr
Brighton, CO 80601
303-659-1161Adams County Sheriff's Office4430 S Adams County Pkwy 1st Floor, Suite W5400
Brighton, CO 80601
303-654-1850
Alamosa CountyAlamosa Municipal Court300 Hunt Ave
Alamosa, CO 81101
719-589-2272Alamosa County Jail1315 17th St
Alamosa, CO 81101
719-589-5787
Arapahoe CountyArapahoe County District Court7325 S Potomac St #100
Centennial, CO 80112
303-645-6600Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office13101 E Broncos Pkwy
Centennial, CO 80112
303-795-4711
Archuleta CountyDistrict Court Clerk449 San Juan Dr
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-264-5932Archuleta County Sheriff's777 Co Rd 600
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-264-8430
Baca CountyBaca County Court741 Main St
Springfield, CO 81073
719-523-4555Baca County Sheriff265 E 2nd Ave
Springfield, CO 81073
719-523-6677
Bent CountyClerk of Combined Courts725 Bent Ave
Las Animas, CO 81054
719-456-1353Bent County Sheriff11100 Co Rd GG #5
Las Animas, CO 81054
719-456-1363
Boulder CountyBoulder Clerk of the Courts1777 6th St
Boulder, CO 80302
303-441-3750Boulder County Sheriff's Office5600 Flatiron Pkwy
Boulder, CO 80301
303-441-3600
Broomfield CountyBroomfield Combined Court17 Descombes Dr
Broomfield, CO 80020
303-464-5020Broomfield Police Department7 Descombes Dr
Broomfield, CO 80020
303-438-6400
Chaffee CountyChaffee County Court142 Crestone Ave
Salida, CO 81201
719-539-2561Chaffee County Sheriff641 W 3rd St
Salida, CO 81201
719-539-2596
Cheyenne CountyCheyenne County Courthouse51 S 1st St E
Cheyenne Wells, CO 80810
719-767-5649Cheyenne County Sheriff91 E 1st St N
Cheyenne Wells, CO 80810
719-767-5633
Clear Creek CountyClear Creek District Courts405 Argentine St
Georgetown, CO 80444
303-569-0820Clear Creek County Sheriff405 Argentine St
Georgetown, CO 80444
303-679-2376
Conejos CountyColorado District Court6683 Co Rd 13
Conejos, CO 81129
719-376-5465Conejos County Sheriff's Office14044 County Rd G.5
Antonito, CO 81120
719-376-2196
Costilla CountyCostilla County District Court401 S Church Pl
San Luis, CO 81152
719-672-3681Costilla County Sheriff103 Gasper St
San Luis, CO 81152
719-672-0673
Crowley CountyCrowley Combined Court110 E 6th St
Ordway, CO 81063
719-267-4468Crowley County Sheriff110 E 6th St #5
Ordway, CO 81063
719-267-5555
Custer CountyCuster County Combined Courts205 S 6th St
Westcliffe, CO 81252
719-783-2274Custer County Sheriff702 Rosita Ave
Westcliffe, CO 81252
719-783-2270
Delta CountyDelta County Combined Court501 Palmer St # 338
Delta, CO 81416
970-399-2000Delta County Sheriff555 Palmer St
Delta, CO 81416
970-874-2000
Denver CountyDenver Criminal Court520 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80202
720-337-0410Denver County Sheriffs Department490 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80204
720-337-0194
Dolores CountyDolores County Combined Courts409 Main St
Dove Creek, CO 81324
970-677-2258Dolores County Sheriff409 Main St
Dove Creek, CO 81324
970-677-2257
Douglas CountyDouglas County Courthouse4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
720-437-6200Douglas County Sheriff's Office4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
303-660-7505
Eagle CountyEagle County District Court885 Chambers Ave
Eagle, CO 81631
970-328-6373Eagle County Sheriff's Office885 Chambers Ave
Eagle, CO 81631
970-328-8500
Elbert CountyElbert County Combined Court751 Ute Ave
Kiowa, CO 80117
303-621-2131Elbert County Sheriff's Office751 Ute Ave
Kiowa, CO 80117
303-621-2027
El Paso CountyEl Paso County Combined Courts270 S Tejon St
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719-452-5000El Paso County Sheriff's Office27 E Vermijo Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719-520-7100
Fremont CountyFremont County Combined Court136 Justice Center Rd #103
Cañon City, CO 81212
719-269-0100Fremont County Sheriff100 Justice Center Rd
Cañon City, CO 81212
719-276-5555
Garfield CountyGarfield County Courthouse109 8th St
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
970-928-3065Garfield County Sheriff's Office107 8th St
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
970-945-0453
Gilpin CountyGilpin County Courts2960 Dory Hill Rd # 200
Black Hawk, CO 80422
303-582-5522Gilpin County Sheriff2960 Dory Hill Rd #300
Black Hawk, CO 80422
303-582-1060
Grand CountyGrand County Courthouse308 Byers Ave
Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451
970-725-3347Grand County Sheriff's Office670 Spring St
Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451
970-725-3343
Gunnison CountyGunnison County Combined Courts200 E Virginia Ave
Gunnison, CO 81230
970-642-8300Gunnison County Sheriff510 W Bidwell Ave
Gunnison, CO 81230
970-641-1113
Hinsdale CountyHinsdale County Judge317 Henson St
Lake City, CO 81235
970-944-2227Hinsdale County Sheriff's Office311 Henson St
Lake City, CO 81235
970-944-2291
Huerfano CountyCombined Court401 Main St #304
Walsenburg, CO 81089
719-738-1040Huerfano County Sheriff's Office500 S Albert Ave
Walsenburg, CO 81089
719-738-1600
Jackson CountyJackson County Court396 LaFever St
Walden, CO 80480
970-723-4334Jackson County Sheriff Office396 LaFever St
Walden, CO 80480
970-723-4242
Jefferson CountyJefferson County Courthouse100 Jefferson County Pkwy
Golden, CO 80401
720-772-2500Jefferson County Sheriff's Office200 Jefferson County Pkwy
Golden, CO 80401
303-271-0211
Kiowa CountyKiowa County Court1305 N Goff St
Eads, CO 81036
719-438-5558Kiowa County Sheriff1305 N Goff St
Eads, CO 81036
719-438-5411
Kit Carson CountyKit Carson Combined Court251 16th St #301, Burlington, CO 80807251, 16th St Suite 301
Burlington, CO 80807
719-346-5524Kit Carson County Sheriff251 16th St
Burlington, CO 80807
719-346-8934
Lake CountyLake County Combined Court505 Harrison Ave
Leadville, CO 80461
719-293-8100 ext. 9Lake County Sheriff's Office505 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461719-486-1249
La Plata CountyLa Plata County Court Judge1060 E 2nd Ave
Durango, CO 81301
970-247-2304La Plata County Sheriff742 Turner Dr 970-247-1157 Hours: M-F 8am to 4:30pm Non-emergency Dispatch: 970-385-2900
Durango, CO 81303
970-247-1157
Larimer CountyLarimer County Courthouse Offices200 W Oak St
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-498-7000Larimer County Sheriff's Department2501 Midpoint Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80525
970-498-5100
Las Animas CountyCombined Courts200 E First St #304
Trinidad, CO 81082
719-846-3316Las Animas County Sheriff2309 E Main St
Trinidad, CO 81082
719-846-2211
Lincoln CountyLincoln County Combined Courts103 3rd Ave
Hugo, CO 80821
719-743-2455Lincoln County Sheriff103 3rd Ave
Hugo, CO 80821
719-743-2426
Logan CountyLogan County District Court110 Riverview Rd
Sterling, CO 80751
970-522-6565Logan County Sheriff's Office110 Riverview Rd
Sterling, CO 80751
970-522-2578
Mesa CountyMesa County District Court125 N Spruce St
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-257-3625Mesa County Sheriff's Office215 Rice St
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-244-3500
Mineral CountyMineral County Courthouse1201 N Main St
Creede, CO 81130
719-658-2575Mineral County Sheriff Office1201 N Main St
Creede, CO 81130
719-658-2600
Moffat CountyMoffat County Combined Courts221 W Victory Way # 300
Craig, CO 81625
970-824-8254Moffat County Sheriff800 W 1st St #100
Craig, CO 81625
970-824-4495
Montezuma CountyMontezuma County Combined Courts865 N Park St
Cortez, CO 81321
970-565-1111Montezuma County Sheriff730 E Driscoll St
Cortez, CO 81321
970-565-8452
Montrose CountyMontrose County Court1200 N Grand Ave
Montrose, CO 81401
970-252-4300Montrose County Sheriff's Office1200 N Grand Ave
Montrose, CO 81401
970-252-4023
Morgan CountyMorgan County Combined Court400 Warner St
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
970-542-5200Morgan County Sheriff's Office801 E Beaver Ave
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
970-867-2461
Otero CountyDistrict Court13 W 3rd St #207
La Junta, CO 81050
719-384-4951Otero County Sheriff222 E 2nd St
La Junta, CO 81050
719-384-5941
Ouray CountyOuray County Courthouse541 4th St
Ouray, CO 81427
970-325-4405Ouray County Sheriff541 4th St
Ouray, CO 81427
970-325-7272
Park CountyPark County Combined Courts300 4th St
Fairplay, CO 80440
719-836-2940Park County Sheriff's Office1180 Co Rd 16
Fairplay, CO 80440
719-836-2494
Phillips CountyPhillips County Courthouse221 S Interocean Ave
Holyoke, CO 80734
Phillips County Sheriff Department221 S Interocean Ave
Holyoke, CO 80734
970-854-3144
Pitkin CountyPitkin County Small Claims Ct506 E Main St # 300
Aspen, CO 81611
970-925-7635Pitkin County Sheriff's Office530 E Main St #103
Aspen, CO 81611
970-920-5300
Prowers CountyProwers County District Court301 S Main St #300
Lamar, CO 81052
719-336-7424Prowers County Sheriff's Office103 E Oak St
Lamar, CO 81052
719-336-8050
Pueblo CountyPueblo County Courthouse215 W 10th St
Pueblo, CO 81003
719-583-6000Pueblo County Sheriff's Office909 Court St
Pueblo, CO 81003
719-583-6125
Rio Blanco CountyRio Blanco County Court455 Main St
Meeker, CO 81641
970-878-5622Rio Blanco County Sheriff355 4th St
Meeker, CO 81641
970-878-9620
Rio Grande CountyDistrict Court925 6th St
Del Norte, CO 81132
719-657-3394Rio Grande Sheriff640 Cherry St
Del Norte, CO 81132
719-657-4000
Routt CountyRoutt Combined Court1955 Shield Dr
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
970-879-5020Routt County Sheriff2025 Shield Dr
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
970-879-1090
Saguache CountySaguache Combined Courts501 4th St
Saguache, CO 81149
719-655-2522Saguache County Sheriff Department530 5th St
Saguache, CO 81149
719-655-2525
San Juan CountySan Juan County Courthouse1557 Greene St
Silverton, CO 81433
970-387-8040San Juan County Sheriff1557 Greene St
Silverton, CO 81433
970-387-5531
San Miguel CountySan Miguel Combined Courts305 W Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO 81435
970-369-3310San Miguel Sheriff's Office684 County Rd 63L
Telluride, CO 81435
970-728-1911
Sedgwick CountySedgwick County Court Clerk3rd
Julesburg, CO 80737
970-474-3627Sedgwick County Sheriff315 Cedar St
Julesburg, CO 80737
970-474-3355
Summit CountySummit County Justice Center501 North Park Avenue
Breckenridge, CO 80424
970-453-2272Summit County Sheriff's Office501 North Park Avenue
Breckenridge, CO 80424
970-453-2232
Teller CountyTeller Combined Court101 W Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
719-689-2543Teller County Sheriff's Office11400 US-24
Divide, CO 80814
719-687-9652
Washington CountyWashington County Courts26861 US-34
Akron, CO 80720
970-345-2756Washington County Sheriff Department26861 US-34
Akron, CO 80720
970-345-2244
Weld CountyWeld County Courthouse901 9th Ave
Greeley, CO 80631
970-475-2400Weld County Sheriff's Office1950 O St
Greeley, CO 80631
970-356-4015
Yuma CountyYuma County Combined Courts310 Ash St # L
Wray, CO 80758
970-332-4118Yuma County Sheriff's Office310 Ash St # G
Wray, CO 80758
970-332-4805

 

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