Iowa Criminal Records & Arrest Data
Searching for Iowa criminal records can be done a few different ways, the one most people choose to use is finding these records directly online. Most records are digital now and can be searched from any device.
Iowa records are no different. Iowa is a Midwestern state that has a population of just over 3.15 million people in 2017. This means that there are millions of searchable records that are created each year in the state of Iowa.
This guide will provide a basic way to search and view criminal records in Iowa, some will be free and some will have a cost associated with them. Either way you will learn how to access these records and more.
Total Area – 56,272 square miles
Rank among states in total area – 25th
Capital – Des Moines
Number of counties – 99
How to Find Iowa Criminal Records
Use the courthouse to find criminal records and more directly online or in person if your from the area. Courthouse create and document millions of public records a year and most of these records are accessible to the public. Unless the record has been locked from the public, you have a good chance of viewing these records.
If your searching for records in a perticular county you can Google the county courthouse as well to search that particular county record.
Viewing of Public Records in Iowa
Viewing public records and criminal records are your right. The first public records law in Iowa as created in 1967 and it states that there is no restrictions on who may access public record data in Iowa. Along with this there is no limitation on the reason for accessing these public records.
Do keep in mind that there are some exemptions to the law regarding viewing of public record data. Such laws state that the public cannot freely view certain kinds of data such as:
- Medical records
- Trade Secrets
- Financial information
- Investigatory records
- And more.
Counties in Iowa
Iowa Crime Rate Data
Sex offender Searches in Iowa
Finding sex offenders is easy and free and this can be found on most Sheriff websites. There are some things you should know. Each state has and uses its own guidelines in regards to sex crimes that require the person to register as a sex offender. Although this may be shocking not all sex offenders are required to register.
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