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Macomb County ArrestRecords

Macomb County arrest records are official files that contain information on arrested people in the county. Arrests occur when law enforcement agencies have sufficient proof of a person's involvement in a crime. Furthermore, they conduct arrests to prevent further harm from occurring.

The county's law enforcement officers keep records of all arrest events. Furthermore, they allow requesters to obtain arrest records in their custody. For example, requesters can visit the Macomb County Sheriff's Office to get copies of arrest records.

Macomb arrest records are also accessible in related public files. For example, requesters may find arrest data in inmate information, criminal history checks, and court records. Macomb County court records on civil and criminal cases contain arrest information.

Are Arrest Records Public in Macomb County?

Macomb County arrest records are mostly accessible to requesters under state laws. Michigan's Freedom of Information Act states that all persons have the right to request and access arrest records in available formats at custodian agencies. However, the law excludes certain documents from public access.

In most cases, the exempted file contains information that violates an individual's right to security or privacy. This is the reason why information about crime witnesses or victims is not part of public arrest records. Under the state's FOIA, these Macomb County arrest records are not public documents.

  • Arrest records that may interfere with law enforcement investigations
  • Records that may reveal confidential information provided by a confidential source or informant
  • Documents that may deprive a person of the right to a fair trial
  • Arrest information that may endanger the security of law enforcement officers
  • Information that may reveal law enforcement’s investigative methods or techniques.

What Do Public Arrest Records Contain?

Macomb County's public arrest records will contain the following details:

  • The arrested person's full name and physical attributes like sex, eye color, and race
  • Arrest information, which may include the arrest location and date and the arresting agency's details
  • Arrest charge(s)
  • Booking information.

Only legally-eligible requesters can obtain confidential or non-public arrest records. For example, government agencies can access sealed records.

Macomb County Crime Rate

According to the FBI’s Crime Data Explorer, Macomb County reported 1,200 crime incidents. The total crime rate covered 962 property crimes and 238 violent-type crimes. To break it down, larceny thefts and aggravated assaults were the most recurring property and violent crimes, respectively. The county reported 170 aggravated assaults and 723 larceny thefts.

Macomb County Arrest Statistics

Michigan State Police maintain arrest statistics for arrest events in Macomb County. Per the report, Macomb County reported 11,790 arrests in 2022. In contrast, there are no recent incarceration reports for Macomb County. However, the National Institute of Corrections maintains a statewide incarceration report. According to the agency, Michigan’s correctional facilities housed 38,053 inmates in 2020.

Find Macomb County Arrest Records

Interested parties can find arrest information in related public files, like inmate records. The records are relatively more accessible through online search portals. For instance, state- or federal-level government agencies maintain online inmate databases. At the state level, the Michigan Department of Corrections features an inmate search database. Requesters seeking to obtain inmate records must fill out any of these details:

  • Inmate's first and last name
  • MDOC number
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Age
  • Offender's status (active offender, parolees, prisoners, discharged, and probation or parole absconders)
  • Identifying marks or tattoos

The Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate search portal is an alternative option for accessing Macomb County arrest information. Through the search portal, record seekers have the choice to either search by inmate name or inmate-identifying prison number.

Record seekers can also find arrest records at the Macomb County Sheriff's office. On one hand, the agency hosts a search portal for arrested persons. To use the portal, you must input the inmate's first or last name in the provided search box. On the other hand, you may retrieve police reports on arrest incidents by visiting the sheriff's office at:

County Administration Building
1 South Main Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043
Phone: (586) 469-5100

Free Arrest Record Search in Macomb County

Government agencies provide free resources for searching for arrest information. These online resources may include:

Conversely, you can conduct free searches for Macomb County arrest records via third-party search sites. The sites may feature arrest records in different formats, like inmate data and criminal records. However, record seekers must exercise caution since these sites are mostly unregulated and may not feature complete arrest information.

Get Macomb County Criminal Records

Macomb County criminal records are official documents that provide information on misdemeanor or felony arrests and convictions. The Michigan State Police (MSP) is the record custodian of criminal records generated in the county.

Furthermore, the agency allows name- or fingerprint-based searches for criminal records in their custody. To conduct name-based checks for criminal records, the requester must login to the MSP's iChat search portal and provide the search details.

In contrast, only the record subject can use fingerprint-based checks to obtain criminal records. That said, follow these steps to use this option:

  1. Michigan residents can visit their local law enforcement agency and get fingerprinted on a RI-008. You can call ahead to know when to fingerprint. You can contact the county sheriff's office at:
    43565 Elizabeth Road
    Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
    United States
    Phone: (586) 469-5151
    Email: sheriff@macombsheriff.com
  2. In contrast, out-of-state requesters must visit any law enforcement agency and get fingerprinted on an FD-258 fingerprint card
  3. Next, create a request letter stating the reasons for requesting a fingerprint-based search.
  4. Attach a $30 fee in the form of a money order or check made payable to the State of Michigan
  5. Send all the required documents via mail to:

Michigan State Police CJIC
P.O. Box 30266
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7766.

Note: The MSP processes mail-based requests between three and five weeks after receiving them.

Macomb County Arrest Records Vs. Criminal Records

Macomb County arrest records are quite different from criminal records. Although the records both contain offense-related documents, they differ in terms of content, their creation process, and the agency responsible for keeping them.

Arrest records typically provide arrest-related information like arrest charges, mugshots, booking information, and bail conditions. In contrast, criminal records feature not only arrest information but also conviction details. For example, you may find case summaries, numbers, and docket information in court records.

Law enforcement agencies are responsible for creating arrest records. On the other hand, multiple agencies create arrest records. The agencies may include law enforcement agencies, county courts, and correctional facilities.

How Long Do Arrests Stay on Your Record?

In Macomb County, arrest records will remain on file until the record subject expunges or seals them.

Expunge Macomb County Arrest Records

In Macomb County, eligible persons can expunge arrest records by filing a petition with the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Attorney General's Office, and the court that handled the case.

Who is eligible to expunge arrest records in Macomb County?

Per MCL Section 780.621, you are eligible to expunge arrest records if you fulfill these legal requirements:

  • You have less than three felony convictions
  • You do not have more than two convictions for assault crimes
  • You do not have more than one felony conviction for the same offense, which carries a 10-year sentence.
  • You have less than three misdemeanor convictions with a maximum sentence of 90 days. Furthermore, the conviction’s permissible fine must not exceed $1,000.

How can I expunge arrest records in Macomb County?

Follow these steps to expunge arrest records in Macomb County:

  1. Check and download your criminal records through the MSP's iChat search portal.
  2. Check to see if you are eligible to expunge your criminal charges. You can also confirm if the waiting period for expungement has passed.
  3. Print out and fill out a Request to Expunge Criminal Records
  4. Get a copy of your criminal record from the MSP if the arrest charges were dismissed or didn't lead to a conviction. For criminal convictions, request a copy of your conviction from the court that handled the case.
  5. Get your fingerprints taken at the Macomb County sheriff's office. You must request to be fingerprinted on a Michigan Applicant Card.
  6. Make copies of all these documents and send them to the prosecuting agency, the convicting court, the Michigan State Police, and the Michigan Attorney General's Office.
  7. For applications sent to the MSP, you must include a $50 processing fee as a money order or check payable to the State of Michigan. Send the documents to this address:
    Michigan State Police CJIC
    P.O. Box 30266
    Lansing, Michigan 48909-7766.
     Macomb County's Prosecuting Agency
    1 South Main Street
    Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
     Department of the Michigan Attorney General Criminal Trials and Appeals Division
    G. Mennen Williams Building
    525 West Ottawa Street
    P.O. Box 30217
    Lansing, MI 48909
  8. Wait for the responses from the agencies. The court will set a hearing date for the expungement request.
  9. The court will review your case and listen to objections from the prosecuting agency.
  10. If the court grants your request, the judge will sign an order to approve the expungement.
  11. Make a copy of the order and leave it with the county clerk. You should also ask if the clerk will send copies to all concerned agencies.
  12. To check your new status, wait for four to six months after the court order.
  13. If the court refuses your request, you can file a motion that the court should reconsider the decision within 21 days of the hearing date.

Macomb County Arrest Warrants

In Macomb County, arrest warrants authorize arrests of persons suspected of committing a crime. The court judge will issue the warrant after receiving a complaint from law enforcement officers. Note that officers obtain arrest warrants to avoid civil or criminal liability that may result from arresting the suspect.

Arrest warrants in Macomb County will typically contain the following:

  • The defendant's name and physical attributes
  • Arresting agency's name and address
  • The criminal charges
  • Court official's name and signature

Macomb County Arrest Warrant Search

Since arrest warrants are court documents, you can search Macomb County arrest records through the MICourt search portal. You may also visit the county sheriff's office to view active or outstanding warrants. Visit the sheriff's office during business hours at:

43565 Elizabeth Road
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
United States
Phone: (586) 469-5151
Email: sheriff@macombsheriff.com

Do Macomb County Arrest Warrants Expire?

Arrest warrants do not expire in Macomb County. The documents will only expire if the defendant gets arrested or the court nullifies them. You may visit the sheriff's office to resolve active warrants.

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