Arrest Records in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma has a population of around 3.96 million, which makes it the 28th most populated and 35th most densely populated state in the nation. The state experiences above-average crime compared to the nation at large, earning a 2018 violent crime rate of 4.66 per 1,000.

Shawnee is the most dangerous city in Oklahoma: its violent crime rate is nearly three times higher than the statewide rate. However, despite its elevated levels of crime and status as home to a handful of dangerous cities, Oklahoma doesn’t experience a high density of arrests: the state posted the 8th lowest arrest rate in the US in 2018. 

Oklahoma Arrest and Crime Statistics

  • In 2018, Oklahoma recorded just over 101 thousand arrests, as reported by 400 law enforcement agencies around the state. Around 20 thousand of these arrests were of minors under the age of 18.
  • The leading identified cause of arrest in Oklahoma was drug abuse violations, which accounted for 17.7 thousand arrests.
  • Oklahoma has one of the lowest concentrations of registered sex offenders in the United States: its 173 offenders per 100K is the 44th ranked rate.

Sources: FBI: 2018 Crime in the United States, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

 

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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma?

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. 

The Oklahoma state repository for criminal history information is managed by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

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

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 online for Arrest Records in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation provides an online, fee-based service called the Criminal History Information Request Portal (CHIRP) that this general public can use to conduct name-based criminal history searches to find arrest records and other information on anyone with records in the database.

Here’s some important information about CHIRP:

  • Users must create an account to use CHIRP. Creating an account is free, and users are only billed once they conduct a search.
  • Each criminal history database search costs $15, which users can pay with a credit or debit card or through an online bank transfer. Those paying with a credit card must pay an additional $1 transaction fee. 
  • The three required search criteria are first name, last name, and date of birth. Putting in aliases and social security numbers is optional but may improve the search results. 
  • Users can also search the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry and Mary Rippy Violent Offender Registry databases with CHIRP for an additional $2 per database.  

How can I search for an Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma arrest record or other criminal history document contains incorrect or incomplete information, contact OSBI Headquarters at 405-848-6724 for instructions on how to challenge the information and have it corrected.  

You can also send a message to the OSBI using this web portal.

Oklahoma Courthouse and Sheriff Information by County

CountyCourthouseAddressPhoneSheriffAddressPhone
Adair CountyAdair County Court Clerk Office220 W Division St
Stilwell, OK 74960
918-696-7633Adair County Sheriff600 Paul Mead Rd
Stilwell, OK 74960
918-696-2106
Alfalfa CountyAlfalfa County Judge300 S Grand Ave #3
Cherokee, OK 73728
580-596-2224Alfalfa County Sheriff300 S Grand Ave #1
Cherokee, OK 73728
580-596-3269
Atoka CountyAtoka Municipal Court1384 W. Liberty Road
Atoka, OK 74525
580-889-3250Atoka County Sheriff200 E Court St # 102E
Atoka, OK 74525
580-889-2221
Beaver CountyBeaver County Courthouse111 Second St
Beaver, OK 73932
580-625-3191Beaver County Sheriff's Office215 Avenue E
Beaver, OK 73932
580-625-4549
Beckham CountyBeckham County Court House104 S 3rd St
Sayre, OK 73662
580-928-3330Beckham County Sheriff108 S 3rd St
Sayre, OK 73662
580-928-2121
Blaine CountyBlaine County Courthouse212 N Weigle Ave
Watonga, OK 73772
580-623-5890Blaine County Sheriff's Dept. Jail205 N Burford Ave
Watonga, OK 73772
580-623-5111
Bryan CountyBryan County District Court402 W Evergreen St # C1
Durant, OK 74701
580-924-3450Bryan County Sheriff Office402 W Evergreen St
Durant, OK 74701
580-924-3000
Caddo CountyCaddo County Courthouse110 SW 2nd St
Anadarko, OK 73005
405-247-6666Caddo County Sheriff's Office201 West Oklahoma Ave
Anadarko, OK 73005
405-247-5700
Canadian CountyCanadian County Courthouse301 N Choctaw Ave
El Reno, OK 73036
405-295-6000Canadian County Sheriff's Office304 N Evans Ave
El Reno, OK 73036
405-262-3434
Carter CountyCarter County Courthouse20 B St SW
Ardmore, OK 73401
580-223-5253Carter County Sheriff's Office100 S Washington St
Ardmore, OK 73401
580-223-6014
Cherokee CountyCherokee County Court Clerk213 W Delaware St
Tahlequah, OK 74464
918-456-0691Cherokee County Sheriff213 W Delaware St
Tahlequah, OK 74464
918-456-2583
Choctaw CountyChoctaw County Court Clerk300 E Duke St
Hugo, OK 74743
580-326-7554Choctaw County Sheriff305 E Jefferson St
Hugo, OK 74743
580-326-2130
Cimarron CountyCimarron County Court Clerks Office1 Courthouse Sq
Boise City, OK 73933
580-544-2221Cimarron County Sheriff's Office117 N, 4th St N
Boise City, OK 73933
580-544-2020
Cleveland CountyCleveland County Court Clerk200 S Peters Ave #10
Norman, OK 73069
405-321-6402Cleveland County Sheriff - Patrol Substation10496-10648, US-77
Slaughterville, OK 73051
405-701-8888
Coal CountyCoal County District Ct Clerk4 S Main St # 9
Coalgate, OK 74538
580-927-2281Coal County Sheriffs Department4 S Main St #8
Coalgate, OK 74538
580-927-2121
Comanche CountyComanche County Courthouse315 SW 5th St
Lawton, OK 73501
580-355-4017Comanche County Sheriff Office315 SW 5th St
Lawton, OK 73501
580-353-4280
Cotton CountyCotton County Court Clerk Office301 N Broadway St
Walters, OK 73572
580-875-3029County Sheriff301 N Broadway St
Walters, OK 73572
580-875-2391
Craig CountyCraig County District Court201 West Delaware, Suite 201
Vinita, OK 74301
918-256-6451Craig County Sheriffs OfficeW Delaware Ave
Vinita, OK 74301
918-256-6466
Creek CountyCreek District Court Clerk222 E Dewey Ave
Sapulpa, OK 74066
918-227-2525Creek County Sheriff's Office301 E Lee Ave
Sapulpa, OK 74066
918-227-6374
Custer CountyCuster County Courthouse675 B St
Arapaho, OK 73620
580-323-3233Custer County Sheriff's Office300 North 7th Ave
Arapaho, OK 73620
(580) 323-1616
Delaware CountyDelaware County Oklahoma Court Clerk327 S 5th St
Jay, OK 74346
918-253-4420Delaware County Sheriff327 S 5th St
Jay, OK 74346
918-253-4531
Dewey CountyDewey County Court Clerk216 Broadway
Taloga, OK 73667
580-328-5521Dewey County SheriffRuble Ave
Taloga, OK 73667
580-328-5558
Ellis CountyEllis County Court Clerk100 Washington St
Arnett, OK 73832
580-885-7255Ellis County Sheriff210 Renfrow Ave
Arnett, OK 73832
580-885-7377
Garfield CountyGarfield County Courthouse114 W Broadway Ave
Enid, OK 73701
580-237-0232Garfield County Sheriff Office216 W Oxford Ave
Enid, OK 73701
580-237-0244
Garvin CountyGarvin Court House201 W Grant Ave
Pauls Valley, OK 73075
405-238-7447Garvin County Sheriff's Office201 W Grant Ave # 4
Pauls Valley, OK 73075
405-238-7591
Grady CountyGrady County Courthouse326 W Choctaw Ave
Chickasha, OK 73018
405-224-7388Grady County Sheriff302 N 3rd St
Chickasha, OK 73018
405-224-0984
Grant CountyGrant County Court Clerk112 W Guthrie St # 202
Medford, OK 73759
580-395-2828Grant County Sheriff219 1st St
Medford, OK 73759
580-395-2356
Greer CountyGreer County Court Clerk106 E Jefferson St
Mangum, OK 73554
580-782-3665Greer County Sheriff105 S Pennsylvania Ave
Mangum, OK 73554
580-782-3065
Harmon CountyHarmon County Court Clerk114 W Hollis St
Hollis, OK 73550
580-688-3617Harmon County Sheriff105 Jones St
Hollis, OK 73550
580-688-3306
Harper CountyHarper County Court Clerk311 SE 1st St #3
Buffalo, OK 73834
580-735-2010Harper County Sheriff Department311 NW 1st St
Buffalo, OK 73834
580-735-2213
Haskell CountyHaskell Court Clerk202 E Main St #9
Stigler, OK 74462
918-967-3323Haskell County Sheriff's Office1304 Industrial Rd
Stigler, OK 74462
918-967-2400
Hughes CountyHughes County Courthouse200 N Broadway St Suite 10
Holdenville, OK 74848
405-379-5487Hughes County Sheriff Department200 N Broadway St # 1
Holdenville, OK 74848
405-379-2203
Jackson CountyJackson County Jail600 S Main St
Altus, OK 73521
580-482-0408
Jefferson CountyJefferson County District Court220 North Main Street
Waurika, OK 73573
580-228-2961Jefferson County Sheriff's Office218 N Main St
Waurika, OK 73573
580-228-2375
Johnston CountyJohnston County District Court403 W Main St # 201
Tishomingo, OK 73460
580-371-3281Johnston County Sheriff's Office110 N Capitol Ave
Tishomingo, OK 73460
580-371-2646
Kay CountyKay County Courthouse201 S Main St
Newkirk, OK 74647
580-362-3350Kay County Sheriff's Office1101 W Dry Rd
Newkirk, OK 74647
580-362-3250
Kingfisher CountyKingfisher County Courthouse101 S. Main, Rm. 3
Kingfisher, OK 73750
(405) 375-3887Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office119 S Main St
Kingfisher, OK 73750
405-375-4242
Kiowa CountyKiowa County District Court316 South Main Street, PO Box 854
Hobart, OK 73651
580-726-5125Kiowa County Sheriff's Office301 S Jefferson St
Hobart, OK 73651
580-726-3265
Latimer CountyLatimer County Court Clerk109 N Central Ave #200
Wilburton, OK 74578
918-465-2011Latimer County Sheriff111 N Central Ave
Wilburton, OK 74578
918-465-4012
Le Flore CountyLe Flore County Commissioner100 S Broadway St
Poteau, OK 74953
918-647-2527LeFlore County Detention Center100 S Broadway St
Poteau, OK 74953
918-647-5013
Lincoln CountyLincoln County District Court811 Manvel Ave # 5
Chandler, OK 74834
405-258-1309Lincoln County Sheriff's Office811 Manvel Ave #14
Chandler, OK 74834
405-258-9933
Logan CountyLogan County Court Clerk301 E Harrison Ave # 102
Guthrie, OK 73044
405-282-0123Logan County Sheriff216 S Broad St
Guthrie, OK 73044
405-282-4100
Love CountyLove County Courthouse405 W Main St
Marietta, OK 73448
580-276-2235Love County Sheriff8339 US HWY 77
Marietta, OK 73448
580-276-3150
Major CountyCounty Court Clerk's Office500 E Broadway # 5
Fairview, OK 73737
580-227-4690Major County Sheriff500 E Broadway # 4
Fairview, OK 73737
580-227-4471
Marshall CountyMarshall County Courthouse100 Plaza
Madill, OK 73446
580-795-3278Marshall County Sheriff Office207 N 4th St
Madill, OK 73446
580-795-2221
Mayes CountyMayes County Court House1 Court Pl #200
Pryor, OK 74361
918-825-2185Mayes County Sheriff1 Court Pl #150
Pryor, OK 74361
918-825-3535
McClain CountyMc Clain County Court Clerk121 N 2nd Ave #231
Purcell, OK 73080
405-527-3221McClain County Sheriffs Office121 N 2nd Ave
Purcell, OK 73080
405-527-2141
McCurtain CountyMc Curtain County Court Clerk108 N Central Ave
Idabel, OK 74745
580-286-3693Mc Curtain County Sheriff200 N Central Ave
Idabel, OK 74745
580-286-3331
McIntosh CountyMcIntosh County Courthouse110 1st St
Eufaula, OK 74432
918-689-2282McIntosh County Sheriff's Office1425 Industrial Dr
Eufaula, OK 74432
918-689-2526
Murray CountyMurray County Court Clerk1001 W Wyandotte Ave #2
Sulphur, OK 73086
580-622-3223Murray County Sheriff700 W 10th St
Sulphur, OK 73086
580-622-5106
Muskogee CountyMuskogee County District Court Clerk220 State St
Muskogee, OK 74401
918-682-7873Muskogee County Sheriff Department220 State St
Muskogee, OK 74401
918-687-0202
Noble CountyNoble County Court Clerk300 Courthouse Dr # 14
Perry, OK 73077
580-336-5187Noble County Sheriff721 Cedar St
Perry, OK 73077
580-336-3517
Nowata CountyNowata Court Clerk229 N Maple St # 9
Nowata, OK 74048
918-273-0127Nowata County Sheriff229 N Maple St #2654
Nowata, OK 74048
918-273-2287
Okfuskee CountyOkfuskee County District Court Clerk209 N 3rd St #31
Okemah, OK 74859
918-623-0525Okfuskee County Jail1700 Glen Johnson Loop
Okemah, OK 74859
918-623-0481
Oklahoma CountyOklahoma County Court Clerk320 Robert S Kerr Ave #409
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
405-713-1705Oklahoma County Sheriff Department8029 SE 29th St
Midwest City, OK 73110
405-869-2500
Okmulgee CountyOkmulgee County District Court314 W 7th St
Okmulgee, OK 74447
918-756-3042Okmulgee County Sheriff315 W 8th St
Okmulgee, OK 74447
918-756-4311
Osage CountyOsage County Court Clerk600 Grandview Ave # 304
Pawhuska, OK 74056
918-287-4104Osage County Sheriff's Office900 St Paul Ave
Pawhuska, OK 74056
918-287-3131
Ottawa CountyOttawa County Courthouse102 E Central Ave #103
Miami, OK 74354
918-542-3121Ottawa County Sheriff28 B St SE
Miami, OK 74354
918-542-2806
Pawnee CountyPawnee County Courthouse500 Harrison St
Pawnee, OK 74058
918-762-2547Pawnee County Sheriff Office500 Harrison St
Pawnee, OK 74058
918-762-2565
Payne CountyPayne County Courts Office606 South Husband Street Rooms 206 & 207
Stillwater, OK 74074
405-372-4774Payne County Sheriff Office606 S Husband St #106
Stillwater, OK 74074
405-372-4522
Pittsburg CountyPittsburg County Court Clerk115 E Carl Albert Pkwy Suite 200
McAlester, OK 74501
918-423-4859Pittsburg County Sheriff1210 N West St
McAlester, OK 74501
918-423-5858
Pontotoc CountyPontotoc County Court Clerk120 W 13th St
Ada, OK 74820
580-332-5763Pontotoc County Sheriff's Office100 W 13th St
Ada, OK 74820
580-332-4169
Pottawatomie CountyPottawatomie District Court Clerk325 N Broadway Ave #307
Shawnee, OK 74801
405-273-3624Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office325 N Broadway Ave
Shawnee, OK 74801
405-273-1727
Pushmataha CountyPushmataha County Court House302 SW B St
Antlers, OK 74523
(580) 298-3626Antlers Sheriff's Office207 SW B St
Antlers, OK 74523
580-298-5513
Roger Mills CountyRoger Mills Court Clerk500 Broadway # 12
Cheyenne, OK 73628
580-497-3361Roger Mills County Sheriffs DepartmentCourthouse Sq
Cheyenne, OK 73628
580-497-2417
Rogers CountyRogers County Courthouse200 S Lynn Riggs Blvd
Claremore, OK 74017
918-923-4400Rogers County Sheriff114 S Missouri Ave
Claremore, OK 74017
918-341-3535
Seminole CountySeminole Court Clerk120 S Wewoka Ave
Wewoka, OK 74884
405-257-6236Seminole County Sheriff211 E 2nd St
Wewoka, OK 74884
405-257-5445
Sequoyah CountySequoyah Court Clerk120 E Chickasaw Ave
Sallisaw, OK 74955
918-775-4411Sequoyah Sheriff's Office119 S Oak St
Sallisaw, OK 74955
918-775-9155
Stephens CountyStephens County Courthouse101 S 11th St #301
Duncan, OK 73533
580-255-4193Stephens County Sheriff101 S 11th St #104
Duncan, OK 73533
580-255-3131
Texas CountyTexas County Court Clerk319 N Main St
Guymon, OK 73942
580-338-3003Texas County Sheriff1102 S Ellison St
Guymon, OK 73942
580-338-4000
Tillman CountyTillman County Clerk201 N Main St
Frederick, OK 73542
580-335-3421Tillman County Sheriff1200 S Main St
Frederick, OK 73542
580-335-3013
Tulsa CountyTulsa County Court Clerk500 S Denver Ave. 3rd floor
Tulsa, OK 74103
918-596-5420Tulsa County Sheriff's Office303 W 1st St
Tulsa, OK 74172
918-596-5601
Wagoner CountyWagoner County District Court Clerk307 E Cherokee St
Wagoner, OK 74467
918-485-4508Wagoner County Sheriff307 E Cherokee St
Wagoner, OK 74467
918-485-3124
Washington CountyWashington County Courthouse420 S Johnstone Ave
Bartlesville, OK 74003
918-337-2870Washington County Sheriffs Office611 SW Adams Blvd
Bartlesville, OK 74003
918-337-2800
Washita CountyWashita County Courthouse111 E Main St
New Cordell, OK 73632
580-832-3836Washita County Sheriff400 N E McClary St
New Cordell, OK 73632
580-832-2334
Woods CountyWoods County Court Clerk407 Government St
Alva, OK 73717
580-327-3119Woods County Sheriff407 Government St # 1
Alva, OK 73717
580-327-3434
Woodward CountyWoodward County Court Clerk1600 Main St #8
Woodward, OK 73801
580-256-3413Woodward County Sheriff1600 Main St #1
Woodward, OK 73801
580-256-3264

 

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