|Obtaining Public Information|
How can I get a copy of a Sheriff's Report?
All criminal records are generally considered privileged and do not become public record until adjudicated. In certain instances records falling into the following categories, specified by La. R. S. 44.1 and 44.3, continue to be privileged because of the very nature of the information contained therein after adjudication and shall not be released except in response to a lawful court order:
Types of Documents subject to release, and exceptions :
Booking information is public record. All requests for booking information on any arrest made in Allen Parish Sheriff's Office are available through the Sheriff's Office or the 33rd Judicial District Attorney's Office.
Requests for "Arrest Reports" are generally public record provided the specific arrest has been adjudicated (completed the court process) and the documentation supporting the adjudication is on file. Only arrest records containing the final disposition of each specific arrest can be released.
We perform background checks on individuals requested by the Armed Services, U. S. Postal Service, Housing Authorities, School Board and Employers.
Arrest reports falling into the following categories are termed as being "privileged" and therefore shall not be released whether adjudicated or not:
Incident reports (First Reports):
First reports involving criminal offenses where it is not generally considered that an arrest is not eminent may be released upon request. These types of reports usually consist of reports of property crime (thefts, burglary, etc.) requested by victims, or their representative (insurance company) for insurance purposes.
It is imperative to note that the first report is the only portion considered public record. No investigative or supplemental reports may be released except supplemental information involving a listing of property damaged, lost, stolen, or recovered.
Auto Crash Reports:
Motor Vehicle Accident Investigative Reports are to be released and considered public record. Exceptions include fatality and/or severe injury accident reports that may be pending a grand jury decision. In these cases will not be released.
As stated above supplemental or investigative reports are privileged and shall not be released. The only exception being supplemental reports detailing property damaged, lost, stolen, or recovered.
Reports Involving Juveniles:
Any arrest report of a juvenile or any incident report identifying a suspect who is a juvenile is considered privileged. These reports can not be released without a court order.
Incident reports containing the identity of juveniles who were victims, witnesses, reporting persons, complainants or persons interviewed are public record; however the identifiers of any juvenile shall be stricken "blacked out" (utilizing a thick black marker) from all places in which the identifiers appear on any incident report.
How can I get a copy of my criminal record?
Frequently the Sheriff's Office receives requests for criminal records checks. Individuals requesting record checks upon themselves must submit a written request containing the following information:
With the above information, adjudicated criminal arrest files shall be released to the requestor.We perform background checks on individuals requested by Armed Services, U. S. Postal Services, Housing Authorities, School Board and Employers.
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