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What Are Nebraska Criminal Records?

Nebraska criminal records, also known as rap sheets, are official documents that detail the criminal history information of persons within Nebraska. These records encompass the subject's criminal activity, arrest history, indictment records, and incarceration information (if applicable). This information is assembled from various sources, from criminal justice agencies to courts and correctional facilities.

Although criminal records are one of several police records created by law enforcement, these records are the most comprehensive. A typical criminal record in Nebraska contains the following information:

  • The subject's full name and aliases
  • A mugshot and set of fingerprints
  • Detailed physical descriptors and unique identifiers such as tattoos and birthmarks
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Date of birth
  • Arrest data and outstanding warrants
  • Conviction history and pending dispositions

Are Nebraska Criminal Records Public?

Yes. According to the state's Public Records Law, Nebraska criminal records are available for public viewership. The Nebraska State Patrol is responsible for pooling state public criminal records, and the Investigative Services Division bears that responsibility. Interested persons may obtain copies of criminal records by visiting the Investigative Services Division. The Division also accepts mail requests and online applications for criminal records.

Criminal records, considered public in the United States, are made available through some third-party aggregate sites. Searching with third-party websites is often easier as the information is not limited to geographic record availability. Information found on third-party websites can serve as a jumping off point for parties searching for a specific record or multiple records. Typically, requesters must provide the following information to gain access to these records:

  • The record subject’s name, unless the subject is a juvenile.
  • The record subjects’ last known location, including cities, counties, and states.

Third-party websites offer these search services, but they are not government sponsored. Availability of records may vary.

How To Obtain Nebraska Criminal Records 

Nebraska's criminal record information is pooled by the Criminal Identification Division under the Nebraska State Patrol. The Division organizes criminal records in public-access archives and online depositories. Records may be accessed in the form of a background check report. Interested persons have three options to perform a criminal record search in Nebraska— online, in-person, or by mail.

Online requesters may visit the Nebraska State Patrol's online criminal background check platform to search for criminal records. Requesters must provide basic information on themselves and the person of interest and make a $15.50 payment. Meanwhile, in-person or mail-in requesters may complete a criminal record request form, attach $12.50, and submit the application in person or by mail to the Criminal Identification Division office.

Criminal Identification Division
PO Box 94907
Lincoln, NE 68509-4907

These reports may also be obtained online or through various sources such as law enforcement offices, local and state courts, and databases. Individuals looking for a free public criminal record check may try third-party alternatives. However, such alternatives may have limited information.

What Are Nebraska Arrest Records?

Nebraska arrest records are official documentation that provides information regarding persons who have been apprehended and detained following their alleged involvement in a crime. These records are primarily generated by the arresting agency and may contain details of the alleged crime as well as the personal data of the arrestee, the name and place of the arrest, and the address of the holding facility where the subject(s) is/was detained.

Arrest records are not definitive proof of the suspects involved in the alleged crime unless accompanied with details of related indictments, charges, or sentences. As per U.S. law, these documents may be considered public records unless otherwise ruled by a judge or magistrate.

Are Nebraska Arrest Records Public?

Yes, Nebraska's Public Records Law mandates law enforcement to make public arrest records available to requesters. Interested persons may visit local law enforcement agencies to find arrest records. They may also query the Criminal Investigation Division in person by mailing a written request or submitting an online application.

Generally, the record custodian will charge a nominal fee for copying the arrest records. Notwithstanding, a requester may still obtain free arrest records if eligible for an arrest search fee waiver. Record custodians typically grant waivers if releasing the arrest records serves the public's interests and not commercial purposes.

What Is A Nebraska Arrest Warrant?

Nebraska arrest warrants are signed court orders that provide legal authorization to law enforcement agencies to take persons into custody. Warrants are typically issued by a judge following a request from the arresting agency or the district attorney. To obtain an active warrant, the requestor may be required to present substantial proof or reasonable cause of the suspects involved in the alleged crime. Law enforcement agencies must have warrant search rights to enter, search, and seize the private property of a prospective arrestee. Information in Nebraska arrest warrants typically include:

  • Details of the alleged criminal offense
  • Personal data of the arrestee
  • The place, date, and time that the arrest may be conducted
  • An expiry date (except bench warrants)
  • The name of the issuer/the date it was issued
  • Bail/bond conditions (if applicable)

Nebraska state law allows law enforcement officers to make arrests without warrants in cases where the officer was a witness to the crime or the arrestee is suspected of committing a felony.

Where a warrant exists, the document is subject to state public records laws. Interested persons may contact the arresting agency to view the warrant. Some police departments publish active warrants online. In such cases, a requester may perform an active warrant search on the agency's website.

What Are Nebraska Jail And Inmate Records?

Nebraska jail and inmate records are official documents pertaining to persons who are incarcerated in correctional facilities across the state. These jail records often detail the inmate-specific data such as the full name and alias, their birth date, nationality/ethnicity, gender, and other biological information, as well as crime-related data such as their criminal indictments and sentences.

Generally, most jail records are available to the public. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) maintains an inmate lookup database that is searchable online and can provide both general and inmate-specific information such as an inmate's biodata and criminal charges as well as the detainee's incarceration date and prospective release date. Any information unavailable through an online inmate search may be obtained by querying the facility where the inmate is being housed.

Nebraska Sex Offender Registry

The Nebraska sex offender registry refers to the state's database of registered sex offenders. Sex offender listings are primarily managed by local law enforcement agencies, while the Nebraska State Patrol equally maintains a statewide central registry for convicted sex offenders in Nebraska. Either way, a sex offender registry contains information such as the names, locations, and compliance status of offenders across the state. The public may query the database by the suspected offender's name or address.

What Is A DUI In Nebraska?

In Nebraska, a person that drives under the influence of alcohol commits a serious traffic violation in the state. According to Nebraska's driving laws, a person is under the influence when their ability to drive safely is impaired to any "appreciable degree." 

In Nebraska, the police typically perform traffic stops upon observing that a motor vehicle operator shows signs of impaired driving. To confirm, the officer will administer field sobriety tests, especially a chemical test to measure the driver's blood alcohol content (BAC). Having a BAC of 0.08 or more is illegal, and law enforcement will process the individual for driving under the influence.

Generally, the penalties for drunk driving vary from a $500 fine to up to 60 days in jail. The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles assigns six penalties points for a DUI and typically suspends the driver's license for up to six months pending administrative review. Meanwhile, habitual offenders face up to $10000 in fines, 3 - 12 months in prison, and can lose driving privileges for up to 15 years.

What Are Nebraska Misdemeanors?

Nebraska misdemeanors are non-indictable crimes that are less serious than felonies and often attract penalties of less than one year in jail. In the state of Nebraska, misdemeanors are categorized in classes based on severity. They include Classes I, II, III, IIIA, IV, V, and W misdemeanors.

As per Nebraska state laws, Class I and Class W are the most serious misdemeanors. Possible punishment for Class I misdemeanors may include a punishment of up to one year in jail, a fine up to $1,000, or both. The penalty for Class W misdemeanor varies, depending on whether the offender is convicted of a first, second, or third DUI offense. The maximum possible sentence ranges from 60 days to one year in jail and a $500 to $1,000 fine. Some examples of Nebraska misdemeanors include:

  • Class I Misdemeanors: Impersonation, third-degree assault
  • Class II Misdemeanors: second-degree trespassing, hazing
  • Class III Misdemeanors: littering
  • Class IIIA: Owning a dangerous dog
  • Class IV: Some gambling-related crimes
  • Class V: Underage use of tobacco and other smoking products

What Are Nebraska Felonies?

Nebraska felonies are considered the most serious criminal offenses in the state. These crimes attract penalties that often exceed 1 year imprisonment and, in some cases, a death sentence. The exact sentences for felonious crimes will be impacted by the severity of the crime and the individual criminal history. As such, it may differ between circumstances. While some felonies have specific sentencing requirements in addition to the basic sentence. Sentences can also be increased for the second or later offense of some crimes. The following are the categories into which Nebraska felonies are split and examples of the crimes for each Class

  • Class I Felony ( the most serious felony, punishable by the death penalty): first-degree murder
  • Class IA Felony (punishable by life imprisonment): kidnapping and arson
  • Classes IB, IC, ID, and II (punishable by 1 year to 50 years in prison): manslaughter, robbery, possession of illegal substances, human trafficking, respectively
  • Classes III, IIIA, and IV ( punishable by 1 year to 50 years in prison or fines up to $25,000): forgery, drug distribution, and assisted suicide, respectively.

What Are Parole Records In Nebraska?

Nebraska parole records are primarily maintained by the Nebraska Board of Parole, which is tasked with making all parole-related decisions of the state government. Parole records are official documents that include information about the release of an inmate who was set free before the completion of their maximum sentence. Upon getting paroled, the parole board shall require that the offender make a monthly payment of a designated supervision fee as a condition of parole. The board may also impose any conditions of parole to ensure the best interests of the prisoner and the citizens of Nebraska are served.

What Are Probation Records In Nebraska?

Nebraska probation records are official documents indicating that an inmate has been allowed to serve their sentences out of custody and under strict supervision. These records feature the personal information of the inmate concerned as well as the required conditions imposed by the probation office and probation officer as well as the length of the sentence. Probation sentences are typically issued in proportion to the severity of the crime and the individual's criminal history. Thus, the nature of probation may vary from one offender to the other.

What Are Juvenile Criminal Records In Nebraska?

A juvenile criminal record in the state of Nebraska refers to records from the juvenile justice system that pertain to the criminal activity of children or adolescents in the state. As per Nebraska state laws, Juvenile court records are confidential, and members of the public have limited rights to attend hearings involving persons under legal age. Juveniles are not considered convicts but delinquents if proven guilty of a crime.

Juvenile criminal records, which often include arrest records, juvenile detention center records, and records of proceedings involving juveniles, are confidential but remain accessible to landlords, school organizations, and employers unless the individual petitions to have it expunged. Persons found adjudicated delinquent to a criminal offense may not respond "yes" if asked whether they have ever been convicted of a crime unless probed specifically regarding adjudicated delinquency.

What Is A Nebraska Conviction Record?

Nebraska conviction records are official documents detailing information on the final judgments or sentencing following an indictment and court hearing. These records typically detail the plea of the accused, their official plea in court (guilty, not guilty, or no contest), and the final resolution. Conviction records are only created after the offender's conviction and sentencing and provide information regarding the subject's criminal charges. Conviction records also detail the sentence of the accused, whether prison time, fines, or community service. However, these records exclude final judgments relieved by pardon or set aside/reversed.

Nebraska History And Accuracy Of Criminal Records

The accuracy of the data of criminal records depends on the recordkeeping and technological capabilities of the jurisdiction where the record was assembled and later digitized. Nebraska criminal records archives usually tend to go back as far as the 1970s. Criminal and arrest data were centralized and compiled into an organized database. However, the accuracy was more commonly affected by human error. Today, technology has exponentially improved the quality and accuracy of recordkeeping.

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