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Nassau County Arrest Records

Nassau County arrest records refer to official documents created by law enforcement to detail information on the arrest of persons living within Nassau County. In New York counties, an arrest may become necessary if an individual commits an offense or there is evidence that the individual will commit an offense. Several agencies generate arrest records in Nassau County. These include

Nassau County holds pre-trial arrestees and convicts at the Nassau County Correctional Center. Law enforcement may also detain arrestees at local police holding cells. Arrest records are a vital part of Nassau County court records; they provide preliminary information for criminal case trials in the county's trial court system.

Are Arrest Records Public in Nassau County?

Nassau County arrest records are public records. Per Article 6, Sections 84-90 of the New York Public Officers Law, the public has the right to access the records in the custody of government agencies. State and local government records repositories in New York must grant the public access to government records in their possession to the extent allowable by the laws. However, New York State laws exempt public access to some Nassau County arrest records.

In Nassau County, the public cannot access sealed or juvenile arrest records. To obtain Nassau County arrest records sealed by federal or state laws, a requester must be eligible to access them by law or get a court order. For instance, New York laws grant access to sealed arrest records to only law enforcement and authorized government agencies.

What Do Public Arrest Records Contain?

An arrest record details the personal information of an arrestee, circumstances relating to law enforcement decisions to take an individual into custody, and the conditions of arrest. Generally, arrest records information includes the

  • Name, date of birth, gender, and race of an arrestee
  • Name of the arresting agency and officers
  • Charges against the individual
  • List of items confiscated at the time of arrest
  • Booking information
  • Incident report (these are descriptions of the event that led to the arrest)
  • Time, date, and location of arrest
  • Bail and Bond information
  • Date of initial court appearance (if applicable).

Nassau County Crime Rate

Data from the New York Division of Criminal Justice show 18,509 crime incidents in Nassau County in 2022. This number shows an increase of 5,971 and 6,265 above the figures of incidents in 2021 and 2020. Also, within this period, the number of larceny-theft crimes rose from 8,741 to 14,149 cases. Larceny theft is a recurring crime in Nassau County. The table outlines the crime statistics for Nassau County between 2018 and 2022.

Nassau County Crime Statistics 2018 to 2022

Year Total Crime Violent Crimes Total Murder Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault Property Crimes Total Burglary Larceny-theft Motor Vehicle Theft
2022 18,509 2,268 9 107 635 1,517 16,241 1,125 14,149 967
2021 12,538 1,915 19 172 445 1,279 10,623 837 9,156 629
2020 12,244 1,826 23 54 523 1,226 10,418 975 8,741 702
2019 13,387 1,644 16 57 490 1,081 11,743 870 10,234 639
2018 13,383 1,509 15 28 511 955 11,874 1,017 10,190 667

Data Source: New York Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Nassau County Arrest Statistics

In 2021, misdemeanor crimes accounted for the majority of the arrests. Law enforcement agencies in Nassau County reported 14,132 adult arrests to the New York UCR program in 2023, and over 8,800 were for misdemeanor offenses. In 2022, 13,476 adults and 713 juveniles were taken into custody for various crimes in Nassau County. These figures are higher than the 12,205 and 446 adult and juvenile arrests in 2021. Also, in 2021, law enforcement agencies reported 12,205 adults and 446 juvenile arrests in Nassau County.

Find Nassau County Arrest Records

  • Log in to the Nassau County Police Department:
    • Navigate to the FOIL Request Page
    • Scroll down and click the Online FOIL Request link to access the Nassau County - FOIL Requests Page.
    • Request for Nassau County arrest records
  • Contact the Nassau County Sheriff's Office through phone calls or in-person visits at

100 Carman Avenue
East Meadow, NY 11554
Phone: (516) 572-4100 (Sheriff's Department), (516) 572-4200 (Corrections Division)

  • Visit the appropriate court that handled the case resulting from the arrest or the Nassau County Clerk's Office at

240 Old Country Road
Mineola, NY 11501
Phone Number:
(516) 571-2664

  • Visit the Nassau County Correctional Center and make a FOIL request for inmate records at:

100 Carman Avenue
East Meadow,
NY 11554.

Free Arrest Record Search in Nassau County

Persons seeking to obtain information on Nassau County arrest records for free have several available options. To access Nassau County arrest records for free:

  • Visit the Nassau County Police Department and request access to Nassau County arrest records under the New York FOIL. Access to Nassau County arrest records may be free unless it involves making copies of the records.
  • Log on to the New York State Unified Court System eCourt page:
    • Click the WebCriminal link to access the Option Page
    • Select Case Identifier, Defendant Name, or Court Calendar as a search criterion
    • Enter the criterion, select the specific Nassau County court from the menu, and search for records
  • Look for free access to Nassau County arrest records online. Some third-party websites may have databases on Nassau County law enforcement information and offer them for free. However, data sourced from non-governmental repositories may not be reliable.
  • Visit local archives and law libraries to search for Nassau County arrest records for free.

Also, the Nassau County Clerk's Office may offer free access to Nassau County arrest records through Public Access Terminals.

Get Nassau County Criminal Records

Nassau County criminal records are documents that give an official account of an individual's interaction with the justice system in Nassau County. In Nassau County, criminal records encompass the arrest, prosecution, conviction, sentencing, and incarceration of individuals within the justice system. To access Nassau County rap sheets:

  • Visit the New York Unified Court System WebCriminal Portal and use name, case number, or court calendar to look for Nassau County criminal records
  • Log in to the Nassau County Police Department FOIL Request page and request access to criminal records
  • Visit the New York Unified Court System Criminal History Record Search (CHRS) page, create an account, and sign in to look for Nassau County criminal records.
  • Visit local libraries and archives and search for Nassau County criminal records.
  • Call or visit the Nassau County Clerk’s Office and request access to criminal records.

Nassau County Arrest Records Vs. Criminal Records

Nassau County arrest and criminal records are documents that relate to law enforcement. However, they serve different purposes. An arrest record is documentation of events and circumstances surrounding the arrest of an individual.

Arrest records information outlines an arrestee's personal details and physical description, the offense that led to the arrest, the judge who authorized the arrest, a list of confiscated items at the time of the arrest, and bail and bond information. Conversely, a Nassau County criminal record details an individual's interaction with the justice system from the time of arrest to legal proceedings, conviction, sentencing, and incarceration.

Also, an arrest record is a pre-trial record and is not evidence of guilt or innocence of the owner of the record. On the other hand, a criminal record encompasses pre-trial, trial, and post-trial records.

In addition, both records may serve different purposes. An arrest record provides information for the preliminary stages of trial cases. A criminal record is a document vital for public security. It is useful for background checks on individuals who may tend to commit violent crimes. For instance, a criminal record may give law enforcement a clue as to what an individual is capable of and the likelihood of repeating an offense.

How Long Do Arrests Stay on Your Record?

In New York and its counties, an arrest may stay on a record forever if the record owner does not take action to remove it. However, the court may seal or remove the arrest records if a petition to remove them meets the legal requirements for their expunction.

Expunge Nassau County Arrest Records

In Nassau County and the rest of New York State, to seal arrest information from a record according to CPL § 160.50, the owner of the record must meet the eligibility requirements. A person seeking to seal a Nassau County arrest record:

  • Must not have more than two convictions, and only one can be for a felony offense
  • Must not be a sex offender or Class A felony convict
  • Must allow ten years to elapse after serving the sentence that resulted from the arrest
  • Must not have any pending criminal trial and no new conviction from the time of completion of the sentence for the offense to petitioning for sealing of records.

To seal arrest information in Nassau County, a petitioner should:

  • Request and get a copy of their rap sheet from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
  • Gather court documents that relate to the arrest
  • Visit the New York State Unified Court System website and download an Application for Sealing of Records Pursuant to CPL 160.59 form (Form CPL 160.59)
  • Complete Form CPL 160.59, including the rap sheet and other supporting documents.
  • File a CPL 160.59 sealing application with the Nassau County Clerk's office or the court clerk for the criminal division.
  • Serve notice to the Nassau County District Attorney's Office.
  • Attend the hearing to present a case for sealing of the record and to answer questions relating to the petition.
  • Wait for the court's decision. If the petition is successful, the court will order the relevant agencies to Seal the record from public access.

New York State does not destroy criminal records. However, the court can seal a record and bar it from public scrutiny. Sealing Nassau County arrest information may have associated costs.

Nassau County Arrest Warrants

An arrest warrant is a legal document that authorizes law enforcement to take an individual into custody. A judge or magistrate of a Nassau County court may issue an arrest warrant against an individual if law enforcement proves probable cause. An arrest becomes necessary if a person commits a crime or there is evidence that an individual may commit a crime.

Nassau County arrest warrants comply with Chapter 11, Article 120.10 of the New York Criminal Procedure Law. Generally, an arrest warrant information includes

  • Name of the judge/magistrate and the originating court
  • Name, last known address, gender, physical description, and aliases of the subject of the warrant
  • Offense information (charges against the individual)
  • Instructions on how to execute the warrant
  • Statement of probable cause
  • The seal of the originating court.

Nassau County Arrest Warrant Search

There are several options for seeking out active arrest warrants in Nassau County. To find active warrants in Nassau County:

  • Log in to the Nassau County Police Department website, scroll down, and click the Nassau County Crime Stopper icon to access information on Nassau County’s most wanted persons.
  • Contact the Nassau County Sheriff's Office and request information on active arrest warrants.
  • Log in to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services website and search for information relating to active arrest warrants in Nassau County.
  • Visit the Nassau County Clerk's Office and request access to active court-issued arrest warrants.

Do Nassau County Arrest Warrants Expire?

In the United States (including Nassau County), arrest warrants do not expire. An arrest warrant remains active until law enforcement apprehends the fugitive. Nevertheless, Nassau County arrest warrants will become inactive upon the fugitive's death or if a court recalls them.

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