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Onslow County Arrest Records

Onslow County arrest records document instances where law enforcement takes an individual into custody. Law enforcement will arrest an individual if they have evidence that the person has committed a crime or will commit a crime if left unchecked. Several agencies generate arrest records in Onslow County. These include the:

Arrestees awaiting trial are housed at the Onslow County Detention Center. Generally, an Onslow County arrest record will become part of Onslow County court records when an arrest leads to formal charges and proceedings at an Onslow County court.

Are Arrest Records Public in Onslow County?

Yes, arrest records are public in Onslow County and the rest of North Carolina. The following sections of the North Carolina General Statutes grant public access to Onslow County arrest records:

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 132-1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 132-1.4 (Criminal Investigative Records)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 7A-109 (Judicial Department Records).

However, North Carolina laws exempt public access to minor, sealed, and expunged arrest records. To access exempted records, an individual must be eligible, possess a court order, or have the authority by law to access such records. For instance, juvenile arrest records are accessible to the owners of the records, their parents/guardians, and legal representatives.

What Do Public Arrest Records Contain?

An arrest record details an individual arrest by law enforcement. Typically, arrest records information includes

  • Name, date of birth, and physical description of the arrestee
  • Time, date, and location of arrest
  • Case number
  • Charges against the arrestee
  • Booking details such as fingerprints, mugshots, and personal possessions at the time of arrest
  • Bail and Bond information (if it applies).

Onslow County Crime Rate

Data from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation show that in 2022, the Onslow County Sheriff's Office reported 921 larceny-theft cases out of the 1,513 crime cases for the year. Also, larceny theft accounted for 58.85% of crimes reported by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office in 2021. The tables below outline the Crime Index Offenses for Onslow County from 2018 to 2022 and the crime rates per 100,000 persons within the same period.

Onslow Crime Index Offenses 2018 to 2022

Year Total Index Violent Property Murder Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault Burglary Larceny-theft Motor Vehicle Theft Arson
2022 1,513 161 1,352 2 20 8 131 351 921 80 6
2021 1,531 161 1,370 1 10 13 147 378 901 91 9
2020 1,611 162 1,449 1 14 16 131 419 918 112 7
2019 2,015 217 1,798 3 27 19 168 515 1,178 105 11
2018 2,167 222 1,945 3 22 27 170 593 1,258 94 10

Data Source: North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation

Onslow County Crime Rates Per 100,000 Persons 2018 to 2022

Year Index Crime Rate Violent Crime Rate Property Crime Rate
2022 1,827.7 214.6 1,613.1
2021 1,869.8 250 2 1,619.7
2020 1,961.7 231.7 1,730.0
2019 2,423.9 270.9 2,153.0
2018 2,497.8 267.4 2,230.4

Data Source: North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Onslow County Arrest Statistics

Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows that the number of arrests in Onslow County declined between 2020 and 2021. In 2021, arrests dropped from 2,148 in 2020 to 1,880. Also, there has been a decline in the number of drug Violation-related arrests in Onslow County (this is the most common arrest in recent years). The table shows the number of arrests and drug-related arrests in Onslow County between 2016 and 2022.

Onslow County Arrest Statistics From 2016 to 2022

Year Total Arrests Drug-related Arrests
2022 1,884 564
2021 1,880 681
2020 2,148 885
2019 2,369 1,024
2018 3,486 1,042
2017 3,817 1,064
2016 2,168 652

Data Source: FBI.

Find Onslow County Arrest Records

To access Onslow County arrest records:

  • Visit the Onslow County Sheriff's Office website
    • Select Public Records Request from the menu to link to the Records Request page.
    • Click the appropriate Requester Description and enter the necessary information.
    • Select Other from the Type of Public Records menu and request arrest records.
  • Visit the Onslow County Sheriff's or Clerk of the Superior Court Office at the following addresses:

Onslow County Sheriff's Office
717 Court Street
NC 28540
Phone: (910) 455-3113

Clerk of Superior Court
Onslow County Courthouse
625 Court Street
NC 28540

  • Contact local police departments and request information on arrests within their jurisdictions. For instance, requesters can call or visit the Jacksonville Police Department at:

200 Marine Blvd.
NC 28540
Phone: (910) 455-4000

  • Log in to the North Carolina Department Of Adult Correction

Offender Public Information Locator, and search for Onslow County inmate criminal histories (arrest records are part of criminal history)

  • Visit the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender Search Portal
    • Provide the name and age of the owner of the required records
    • Enter the zip code, and select Onslow County from the drop menu to view information on the person if they have been arrested for sex Offenses within the county.

Free Arrest Record Search in Onslow County

For free access to Onslow County arrest records, visit any of the following portals.

  • North Carolina Department of Correction Criminal Offender Public Information Search page
  • North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation's Offender Search Portal

Also, free access to Onslow County arrest records may be available through third-party websites with databases on Onslow County court and law enforcement records. Some private websites may offer free access to Onslow County arrest records.

Get Onslow County Criminal Records

Onslow County criminal records are official documents that provide comprehensive details of individuals' criminal activities and interactions with the justice system in Onslow County. Criminal records detail information from where law enforcement takes a suspect into custody through the prosecution process, conviction, sentencing, and incarceration. Onslow County criminal records are public and accessible to interested individuals. For persons who want to access Onslow County criminal records:

  • Visit the North Carolina Judicial Branch website
    • Download Form AOC-CR-314
    • Complete the form, include a check/money order for $25.00 to cover the access fee, and mail it to the Onslow County Clerk of Superior Court Office.
  • Visit the Onslow County Sheriff's Office or any law enforcement in possession of the criminal records and make a public records request.
  • Log in to the North Carolina Department of Correction Offender Public Information page and search for criminal records relating to Onslow County.
  • Visit the National Sex Offender Public Website
    • Provide the name, address town/city of the convict
    • Select North Carolina from the States Menu and search for information on sex criminals from North Carolina (this includes Onslow County)
  • Search for Onslow County criminal records online through third-party websites, some websites may have information on Onslow County criminal records.

Onslow County Arrest Records Vs. Criminal Records

Onslow County arrest and criminal records document law enforcement processes within the county. However, there are some differences between both records. The table below outlines the distinctions between an arrest and a criminal record.

Criteria Onslow County Arrest Records Onslow County Criminal Records
Definition Details the circumstances of an arrest Gives a comprehensive detail of criminal history
Content Arrest records contain the personal details of the arrestee, the arresting agency and officers, booking, bond, and bail information. Comprises arrest, prosecution, conviction, incarceration, probation, and parole information
Purpose They are support documents for investigation and provide information for the initial stage of prosecution Useful for background checks by various private and government agencies. Also, they are useful for determining precedent in legal proceedings
Accessibility Generally accessible to the public. However, it does not confirm if an individual is innocent or guilty of a crime. It is accessible, but there are exemptions for some types of criminal records.

How Long Do Arrests Stay on Your Record?

Per North Carolina laws, an arrest in Onslow County (or any United States County) may stay on a record indefinitely if nothing is done to remove it. However, an arrest record can be sealed from public access or removed if the owner is eligible and the court orders it.

Expunge Onslow County Arrest Records

To expunge an arrest from a record, the owner of the records must be eligible for record expunction under North Carolina law. Convicts seeking to remove an arrest from their records must:

  • Complete the sentences or probations that resulted from a misdemeanor or a non-felony conviction
  • Be 18 years or below at the time of the crime
  • Be a first offender under 18 years at the time of committing the offense and must not have any outstanding charges.
  • Not commit any additional misdemeanor or felony before the petition for expunction of the records.

The following steps are guides on how to petition for expungement of Onslow County arrest records:

  • Obtain copies of criminal records containing the arrest (this may be available through public records request to the Onslow County Clerk of Superior Court Office, the North Carolina Administrative Office of Courts, or the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation)
  • Log in to the North Carolina Judicial Branch website and download Form AOC-CR-287
  • Complete Form AOC-CR-287, including the criminal records and a check/money order for $175.00 to cover the access fee. Filing fees may not apply to cases where the requester is not guilty of the offense.
  • Submit the petition to the Onslow County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.
  • Wait while the judge reviews the petition
  • Attend the petition hearing if the court schedules one
  • If the petition is successful, the court will order the relevant agencies to Seal the arrest record and bar it from public access.

Onslow County Arrest Warrants

An Onslow County arrest warrant is an official document that authorizes law enforcement to take an individual into custody. A judge of the Onslow Superior or District Court may issue an arrest warrant in compliance with Section 15A - 301, 302, 304, and 401 of the North Carolina General Statutes if law enforcement proves the probable cause of a crime or intention to commit a crime. Generally, arrest warrants contain the following information:

  • The suspect's personal information (this includes physical description, name, and aliases)
  • Charges against the suspect
  • Name and location of the originating court and the judge who issued the warrant
  • Date of issuance
  • Instructions on executing the arrest.

Onslow County Arrest Warrant Search

To find active arrest warrants in Onslow County:

  • Visit the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, navigate to the Civil Division, and request information on active arrest warrants
  • Log in to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety
    • Navigate to the Offender Public Information Locator
    • Select Offender Search, Escapes/Captures, or Absconders, and view the records for active arrest warrants
  • Visit the Onslow County Clerk of Superior Court's Office and access any court-issued active warrant.
  • Search third-party websites for information on active warrants from Onslow County.
  • Visit local police departments in Onslow County to obtain information on active warrants.

Do Onslow County Arrest Warrants Expire?

In Onslow County and the rest of the United States, an arrest warrant will remain active until law enforcement apprehends the suspect. Nevertheless, a warrant of arrest becomes inactive if a court recalls it or the fugitive dies.

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