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DuPage County Arrest Records

Per Illinois Code of Criminal Procedure Article 107, a peace officer in DuPage County, Illinois, can arrest an individual if they have a warrant commanding the arrest. A peace officer can also arrest an individual without a warrant in certain situations. For instance, if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the person is committing or has committed an offense or a warrant has been issued in Illinois or another jurisdiction against the individual.

Following an arrest in DuPage County, Illinois, the arrestee is usually taken to the arresting agency's station or the county's correctional facility, where they will booked and held in custody pending their arraignment. During the booking process, the arrestee would have the photograph taken, and their personal information, fingerprints, and charges would recorded. In certain cases, the arrestee may be released after posting bail (if the option is provided) or on an Individual Recognizance bond (without the need for bail). In either case, they would be required to appear in court at a future date for their arraignment.

After booking, the arresting authority generally creates and maintains an arrest record to document the incident. The arrest record is also forwarded to relevant criminal justice agencies as needed for different reasons. For instance, arrest records are reported to the Illinois state police so that they can be included in offenders' statewide criminal history records. Arrest records are also forwarded to local courts as they are usually featured in Dupage County Court records.

Are Arrest Records Public in Dupage County?

Yes. Per the Illinois Freedom of Information Act "FOIA" (5 ILCS 140/1), the general public has the right to access information and records regarding the affairs of government agencies and public officials. These include arrest records generated by law enforcement agencies in Dupage County and the entire state of Illinois.

However, there are exemptions outlined in Sec. 7 (5 ILCS 140/7) of the Act that can limit or restrict public access to arrest records. These exemptions include and are not limited to arrest records whose disclosure would:

  • Interfere with pending or active law enforcement proceedings
  • Deprive a person of fair trial or an impartial hearing
  • Expose confidential information or the identity of a confidential source
  • Endanger an individual's life or physical safety
  • Obstruct an ongoing criminal investigation.

It is worth noting that juvenile arrest records are not subject to the provisions of Illinois's FOIA. As a result, these records are typically not public in Dupage County. However, most confidential arrest records are accessible to certain eligible persons and entities, such as the subject of the record and criminal justice agencies.

What Do Public Arrest Records Contain?

Under Illinois's FOIA Sec. 2.15(a), the following details are included in arrest records:

  • The arrestee's personally identifiable information (i.e full name, age, address, and photograph)
  • Details about any charges related to the arrest
  • The arrest time and location
  • The investigating or arresting law enforcement agency's name
  • The arrestee's booking information, including the date and time they were booked, released, or transferred from the arresting agency's custody.

Dupage County Crime Rate

According to Illinois State Police's Crime in Illinois 2020 Annual Uniform Report, 12,275 offenses were reported in Dupage County in 2020. Of this total, some of the most prominent offenses were theft (10,175 cases), burglary (861 cases), and motor vehicle theft (393 cases). By comparison, only 11,679 offenses were reported in Dupage County in 2019. As a result, the county had a 5.1% increase in recorded offenses between 2019 and 2020.

Dupage County Arrest Statistics

According to statistics provided in Illinois State Police's Crime in Illinois 2020 Annual Uniform Report, 6,448 arrests were made in Dupage County in 2020. Motor vehicle theft, with 5,058 arrests, accounted for most of this total. Other crimes with the highest number of arrests include theft (979), aggravated assault/battery (191), and burglary (168). Meanwhile, only 2,268 arrests were reported in Dupage County in 2019. This implies that the county experienced an 184.3% increase in arrests between 2019 and 2020.

Find Dupage County Arrest Records

In Dupage County, arrest records are maintained by different county police departments. These include the Dupuge County Sheriff's Department and 36 local police departments operating within the county. These agencies each generate and maintain arrest records for arrests they are responsible for conducting within the county. Therefore, these agencies may be individually queried to find arrest records in Dupage County.

Each police department in Dupage County usually has a record division or section that record seekers can query to access or request different records, including arrest records they maintain. In most cases, queries may be made in person at the police department's physical address. Some agencies also provide dedicated phone numbers record seeker can use to contact their record division to request records. For instance, the Bloomingdales P.D's Record Section ((630) 529-9868), Bensenville P.D's Record Division (Phone: (630) 350-3455 Fax: (630) 350-0855), and Elmhurst P.D's Record Division ((630) 530-3050). Furthermore, some local police departments also provide online resources interested persons can use to access arrest reports they maintain. A good example is the weekly arrest reports hosted on Addison P.D's website. Record seekers may also request arrest records by submitting a written Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) to a local police department.

Interested persons can also find some information about the arrest of individuals booked or transferred to the Dupage County Jail through the inmate search portal hosted on the County Sheriff's website. Individuals arrested in Dupage County by the County Sheriff's Department and state law enforcement agencies, such as the Illinois state police, are usually booked in the county jail.

In certain situations, federal law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may make arrests in Dupage County. In such circumstances, the agency normally holds the arrested individuals in federal custody in facilities they oversee. Interested persons can find individuals under the FBI's custody by searching the Federal Inmate Locator portal by a subject name or number to find the federal facility where they are being held. After that, inquirers can query the facility to find information about the arrestee. Similarly, inquirers can use the ICE's Online Detainee Locator System to find out where individuals arrested by ICE are held.

Free Arrest Record Search in Dupage County

The most convenient option for searching arrest records in Dupage County for free is through online resources provided by local police departments in the county. Most local police departments provide online resources on their website that interested persons can use to view their most recent weekly arrest reports for free. Some examples of these resources include Villa Park P.D's Crime and Arrest Reports page, Wheaton D.P's Crime and Arrest Reports page, and Glen Ellyn P.D's Reports page. It should be noted, however, that these resources only provide the most recent arrest reports for a specific agency.

Where a local police department does not provide online resources that can be used to access their arrest reports, inquirers can visit the agency's physical address to view arrest reports. Most agencies do not charge a fee for in-person viewing of arrest reports they maintain at their physical address. Record seekers are usually only charged a fee if they request copies of an arrest report.

Alternatively, record seekers can search for Dupage County arrest records through certain third-party websites. Private individuals or entities manage these websites, which consist of a searchable database of public records, including arrest records, that their administrators have legally requested and obtained from various government authorities. Searches on these websites are typically conducted using a subject's name. These websites usually grant users free access to basic information in the arrest records they maintain. However, users are charged a fee or subscription to access more comprehensive records.

Get Dupage County Criminal Records

Illinois's Uniform Conviction Information Act (UCIA) section 1210.10 describes a criminal history record as a printed record containing descriptions and notations of formal events involving a specific individual and the criminal justice system. These formal events include and are not limited to arrests, detentions, indictments, pretrial proceedings, trials, criminal charges, and sentencing.

In Illinois, repositories for criminal record searches are only available at the state and federal levels, via the Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). There is no repository for conducting criminal record searches at the county level.

Interested persons can conduct a state-level criminal record search through the ISP online or by mail. Online requests can only be made through the ISP's Criminal History Information Response Process (CHIRP) portal. However, only Illinois law enforcement agencies or those with a User's Agreement with the ISP can access the CHIRP portal, as a Digital ID and password is required to access the portal.

Meanwhile, record seekers must complete and submit one of two forms provided by the ISP to make criminal record search requests by mail. These forms are accessible online through the ISP's Uniform Conviction Information Forms page, which includes the Non-Fingerprint Request Form (ISP6-405B) and Fingerprint Request Form (ISP6-404B). As their name implies, the former (ISP6-405B) is used to conduct a criminal record request using the subject basic information, including their name, date of birth, race, and sex. Meanwhile, the latter (ISP6-404B) is used to search for a subject's criminal record via their fingerprint.

Interested persons can obtain either of the aforementioned forms (ISP6-405B and ISP6-404B) from the ISP's Uniform Conviction Information Forms page by ordering them on the page. Subsequently, the form would be sent to the requester via the U.S. Postal Service.

Once received, a requester can use the form to facilitate their request. Note that the ISP charges certain fees for criminal record requests. These fees are detailed in the ISP's Fee Schedule page. The fee for a name-based request (via ISP6-405B) is $16 and for a fingerprint-based request (via ISP6-404B) is $20, both are payable by a check or money order made out to the ISP.

For a Non-Fingerprint Request, requesters can complete an ISP6-405B form and mail it along with the required fee to the ISP at:

Illinois State Police
Bureau of Identification
P.O. Box 88727
Chicago, IL 60680–1727

On the other hand, for a fingerprint-based request, a requester must visit a live fingerprint vendor to enroll their fingerprints on a card. It is worth noting that most local Police Departments in Dupuage County offer fingerprint services for a fee. Alternatively, requesters can use an Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Licensed live scan fingerprint vendor. Once a requester has obtained their fingerprint card, they can complete their ISP6-404B form and mail it along with the required fee and the fingerprint card to the ISP at:

Illinois State Police
Bureau of Identification
260 North Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432–4072

The processing time for requests is three weeks and it may take an additional 10 business days for the requested criminal record to be sent and received by a requester.

Dupage County Arrest Records Vs. Criminal Records

Arrest records are official documents that contain information about specific instances an individual was arrested by a law enforcement agency with a jurisdiction. Meanwhile. A criminal record is a complete history of an individual's dealings with the criminal justice system within a jurisdiction. These include arrests, detentions, indictments, pretrial proceedings, trials, criminal charges, and sentencing.

How Long Do Arrests Stay on Your Record?

No state statute specifically outlines how long arrests stay on an individual's record. As a result, arrests are typically permanent features on an individual's record in Illinois unless the arrest record gets expunged or sealed.

Expunge Dupage County Arrest Records

In Dupage County, interested persons apply for expungement of their arrest record through the county's circuit court (the 18th Judicial Circuit Court). Note that only certain types of arrest records are eligible for expungement under Illinois state laws. These eligible types of offenses are outlined in expungement instruction forms provided by Illinois juridical. These forms include the Adult How to Expunge or Seal a Criminal Record and Juvenile How to Expunge Juvenile Records. An example of an adult arrest record eligible for expungement is an arrest for misdemeanors and felonies that did not result in a conviction.

Provided an individual has an eligible arrest record, they can apply for expungement through the following process:

  • Request and obtain a copy of their criminal record from the Illinois State police
  • Review the criminal record for arrest records that are eligible for expungement.
  • Complete the expungement and sealing form (also available in Spanish). Note that petitioners are usually charged a $180 expungement fee according to the Dupage County Circuit Court Clerk fee schedule. In certain cases, this fee may be waived. Petitioners can also apply for a reduced filing fee.
  • File the completed form with and pay the required fee to the Dupage County Circuit Court Clerk by mail or in person at;

Office of the Circuit Court Clerk
505 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois

  • Attend the court date (if required)

If the court approves the expungement petition, it will send a copy of the expungement order to the petitioner and relevant law enforcement agencies with custodianship over the expunged arrest record. Subsequently, the agency will expunge the arrest record within 60 days. In cases where a petitioner's application was denied, they can appeal the denial. Note that the petitioner must file a notice of appeal within 30 days.

Dupage County Arrest Warrants

Under the ILCS Section 107-1, an arrest warrant is described as a written order from a court that directs a peace officer or some other person named on the warrant to arrest a person. Generally, an arrest warrant is issued upon the request of a police officer. Typically, the officer would present a judge complaint, usually derived from facts of a criminal investigation, about an individual committing a crime. Upon reviewing the facts, if the judge finds enough probable cause that a crime has been committed, they would issue an arrest warrant.

Per 725 ILCS 5/107-9 an arrest warrant must contain:

  • Identifiable information about the offender, such as their name, date of birth, and sex,
  • The type and nature of the alleged offense (i.e, misdemeanor, felony, failure to appear in court)
  • The date and county or municipality of issuance
  • Signature of the issuing judge and the title of the judge's office

Dupage County Arrest Warrant Search

Interested persons can find information about arrest warrants in DuPage County by querying local police departments. These police departments may be able to provide information about arrest warrants they are responsible for executing in the county. For instance, inquirers can contact the county sheriff's Warrants Division at (630) 407-2290 for details about warrants the department is responsible for executing.

The court may also be contacted to find information about warrants issued in public court cases.

Do Dupage County Arrest Warrants Expire?

Generally, arrest warrants do not expire in Dupage County and are active until they are executed, the warrant's subject dies, or the issuing judge cancels them.

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