New Jersey Arrest Records and Warrant Search

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What are arrest records and arrest warrants?

Arrest warrants in New Jersey are legal orders that can exclusively be issued by the judiciary; these directives command the deputies of a law enforcement agency to take an individual accused of a commissioning a criminal act into custody and detain him till such time that hecan be called in for a bail hearing. These judicial provisions have been added to the criminal code of the state to ensure that the police can make arrests in connection with felonies as well as misdemeanors.

How are New Jersey active warrants issued in case of misdemeanors differ from those released against felonious acts?

NJ Warrants issued against misdemeanors, unless such offenses are serious and punishable by more than a year of incarceration, will come with the conditions of release mentioned on them. In scenarios where the punitive measure incorporated to deal with the crime is a fine, the accused will need to pay the specified amount to walk out of police custody and that will be the end of the matter.

However, if the act in question merits a prison term, at least the bail amount will be stated on the warrant, so that the arrestee can secure his freedom without waiting to be released by a magistrate. There is also a significant difference in the way orders for detention issued in case of petty misdemeanors and serious felonies are served.

While the former can only be served in the 6 am to 10 pm time window, felony warrant in New Jersey can be executed at any time regardless of where the offender is spotted at the time of his arrest. This person can be within the geographic bounds of the issuing county or not. Public places, the home of the suspect and privately owned properties are accessible to the cops when executing such judicial directives.

What constitutes arrest records in New Jersey?

Information on criminal history is maintained by the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) Identification and Information technology Section. This information is disseminated in accordance with the New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) 13:59-1.A background information report requested through the NJSP will bring back details on NJ active warrants issued against the subject, arrest orders that have already been served, arrests made when and why, charges brought against the accused, case data including the verdict, sentencing, incarceration and release.

Who can access crime history record information in New Jersey?

  • Government agencies, both state and federal can access crime history data for the purpose of employment, licensing and more
  • Individuals seeking a personal background report
  • A person or a non-government organization that intends to directly engage the services of the subject
  • Attorneys at law who are seeking information on cases docketed with state or federal courts
  • Private Investigators who are licensed by the State Police

What options are available to find information on NJ arrest records and warrants?

The State Police offers information on New Jersey outstanding warrants, convictions, arrests and more to all law enforcement and justice agencies and authorized employers. This service can be availed by submitting a fingerprint or a name based inquiry to the Crime Information Unit (CIU) or the SBI (the State Bureau of Identification (noncriminal justice related searches).

To get finger print cards for the search, you will have to connect with Morpho Trak, a company under contract of the State of New Jersey. Scheduling an appointment can be done online at or over the phone at 1-877-503-5981. Once you have the fingerprint cards in hand, download the universal form from the NJSP website at and send this to:

Division of State PoliceAttn. CIUPO Box 7068West Trenton, NJ 08628.

For further information, you can call on 609- 882-2000 ext. 2918. Another agency that you can connect with for details on arrest records and warrants is the state Department of Corrections. They offer an inmate locator tool at Alternatively, you can write to the agency at PO Box 863, Attn: Correspondence Unit, Trenton, NJ 08625.

The court dockets database maintained by the office of the county clerk is another reliable source of information on criminal and civil cases. In fact, the state judiciary offers option to look for civil matters as well as conviction details on their website at

New Jersey State Crime Statistics

In the ten years from 1999 to 2008, the average of violent crime in New Jersey has held steady at just a bit below 4000 incidents while property crimes have shown a slight improvement, going below the 24000 level in recent years. Overall, New Jersey lies in the middle of the crime spectrum when compared to other similar states.

Annually, about 250,000 criminal complaints are filed in the NJ which comes to roughly 1 incident every two minutes. While violent crimes like murder and sexual assault account for about 14% of this cumulative figure, thefts are among the most common crimes with a reported 1.5 million cases over the decade mentioned above. Overall, there has been a drop of almost 20% in the rates of crime in the state.