Frequently Asked Questions - Criminal Histories
How do I enter a hyphenated or compound last name?
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 for advice.
Why are these records available to the public?
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.
Why do I have to pay to obtain this information?
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 the Lincoln Police
Department Records Unit.
I donít have a credit card, how can I purchase an
Internet access requires a Visa or MasterCard, however this
report may also be obtained in person during normal business hours or by mail
at the Lincoln
Police Department Records Unit. Payment is accepted by cash or check.
Is this a list of all arrests for the subject?
No. For various legal and practical reasons, this list does not necessarily include every
and foremost, this is only a list of arrests by the Lincoln Police
Department. No arrests by other agencies are included.
this is only a listing of arrests contained in our computerized
records. The Lincoln Police Department computerized arrest records beginning in 1980, so the list only
includes arrests on or after January 1, 1980. We maintain hard copy of arrest records prior to that date,
and these are available to the public, but not online. In order to obtain a criminal history
including arrests before January 1, 1980, please contact the Lincoln Police
Department Records Unit.
arrests when the defendant was 16 years or age or older at the time of
arrest are listed. As a practical matter, the police departmentís public records of anyone born after 1964
will be entirely available online, since he or she turned 16 after the
police departmentís records were computerized in 1980.
this list does not include arrests when the defendant was age 16 through
18 years old but the case was either filed in or transferred to juvenile
court. As a matter of policy, LPD treats juveniles aged 16 through 18 as adults, but prosecutors may
sometimes decline to file adult charges and file in juvenile court
instead. In addition, the defendant may petition to have the charge transferred to juvenile court.
this list does not include any arrests for which the disposition is
unknown or not contained in our records. The exception is cases within the past year. When the arrest occurred within the
past year and the disposition is still pending, it will appear on this
arrests for minor traffic infractions are not included.
What do the abbreviations mean?
While most of the abbreviations and terms are self-explanatory, if you need help interpreting any of this material, you are welcome to contact the Lincoln Police
Department Records Unit if you need help interpreting any of this material. You may also email your questions and comments, and we will
respond via email.
What can I do if there is information contained in the
list that I believe is inaccurate?
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
How can I find out if the subject has been arrested elsewhere?
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
Patrolís 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
I have an arrest listed, but I was never arrested, I just
received a ticket.
Although many people think of an "arrest" as meaning that
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.
I see many arrests for this subject with a disposition of
DISMISSED. What does that mean?
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 requires contacting the clerk or administrator of the court where the
charge was filed.
This doesnít work on my computer, I canít print the
list, whatís wrong?
We get many requests to troubleshoot specific problems customers
are having with our online applications. Unfortunately, we cannot provide technical support to the thousands of
variations of hardware, software, and connectivity issues our customers may
experience. This is a straightforward
application just like many other public and private Internet sites. We appreciate your comments and feedback.