The growing use of hyphenated married names and increasing cultural diversity has made it necessary for the police department to apply consistent standards for name entry in our computer systems that may differ from custom or culture. For hyphenated Arabic surnames, such as Ali Mohammed Al-Barak, simply remove the hyphen and enter Albarak as the last name. For hyphenated compound surnames, such as Brenda M. Smith-Jones, enter the last surname component only: Jones. For compound surnames without hyphens, such as Eduardo Miguel Santiago Avila simply enter the last surname component: Avila. If the name you wish to check is particularly unusual or you are uncertain, it is best to contact our Records Unit at 402-441-7210 for advice.
Nebraska law declares criminal history information to be a public record, and requires criminal justice agencies to provide such information to the public, subject to certain regulations. The applicable state law is contained in the Criminal History Information Act, Nebraska Revised Statutes 29-3501, et seq.
The law provides that criminal justice agencies may assess reasonable fees for criminal histories. The fee for criminal histories from the Lincoln Police Department is established by the Lincoln Municipal Code 2.32.110. The department allows anyone to review their own criminal history at no cost. You may do so in person at our Records Unit, 575 S. 10th Street.
Internet access requires a Visa or MasterCard, however this report may also be obtained in person during normal business hours or by mail at our Records Unit, 575 S. 10th Street. Payment is accepted by cash or check.
No. For various legal and practical reasons, this list does not necessarily include every arrest:
While most of the abbreviations and terms are self-explanatory, if you need help interpreting any of this material, you are welcome to contact our Records Unit at 402-441-7210 if you need help interpreting any of this material. You may also email your questions and comments, and we will respond via email.
We make every effort to insure the accuracy of criminal history information. Despite this, inaccuracies occur. One of the more common problems we encounter occurs when a defendant provides false information or identification at the time of arrest, resulting in a record for another person, often a friend or relative. Please notify us immediately if you believe any information is in error. We are committed to researching any records in dispute, resolving any problems, and maintaining criminal history information that is as accurate as possible.
In Nebraska, all criminal justice agencies are required by law to make criminal history information available to the public. The Nebraska State Patrol maintains one of the more complete criminal history databases available, however, not all arrests by local agencies are contained in the Patrol's criminal history, especially arrests when the defendant was issued a citation for a misdemeanor and released, rather than being taken to jail. There is no comprehensive national database of all arrests by all law enforcement agencies. The best way to conduct a thorough review is by contacting the state and local law enforcement agencies in the places where the subject has resided.
Although many people think of an "arrest" as meaning the subject was taken to jail, this term means that a subject was either issued a citation and released or taken into custody for a criminal offense. Most misdemeanor arrests by the Lincoln Police Department are handled with citation and release.
Generally, it means that the prosecuting attorney filed the charge following the police arrest, but dismissed the case in court at a later time. Cases are dismissed for a variety of reasons. Many cases are dismissed as part of a plea agreement in which the subject agrees to plead guilty to some charges in exchange for others being dismissed, or in exchange for agreeing to pay the court costs only. Many charges are dismissed when the defendant enters a pre-trial diversion program. In some cases, prosecutors dismiss charges because of evidentiary problems, such as a witness who fails to appear, or evidence that is suppressed. There is no way to determine from computer records why a given charge was dismissed; however, complete court records may reveal such information. Accessing court information requires contacting the clerk or administrator of the court where the charge was filed.
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