Free Nebraska Criminal & Arrest Records: Search All NE Counties

Free Nebraska Arrest Records & Criminal Records Search
Access Nebraska Records: background checks, warrants, probation and parole, court records, and all criminal and arrest records.

Run a free Nebraska arrest records and criminal records search through official state and county agencies.

Nebraska Statute 29-3523 and the Nebraska Public Records Law, under Nebraska statute §84-712.01, ensures that Nebraska criminal records remain public information in most circumstances. However, the process to obtain said records can be confusing and overwhelming due to an abundance of of subpar and/or misleading information.

In an effort to save searchers time, effort, and frustration, this resource provides a comprehensive list of criminal record custodians and arresting agencies, allowing anyone to access:

  • Daily arrest logs and online inmate rosters
  • Criminal proceedings
  • Probation and parole information
  • Warrants information
  • Sexual predators
  • State or federal prisoners

In addition, this resource will guide searches through the process of performing a background check for personal or professional uses, contacting and bailing someone out of jail, and pardoning and setting aside criminal records. Last but not least, we’ll discuss laws that protect citizens from unethical background check practices, criminal record discrimination, and discrimination of protected classes.

The Availability of Public Arrest Records & Criminal Records in Nebraska

According to Nebraska statute 29-3523, anyone can request a Record of Arrest and Prosecution (RAP sheet) for any individual, including information on both arrest and criminal records. These records can be requested through a variety of different ways both at the state and county level.

The Nebraska Statute 29-3523 states that certain information will not be viewable to the public, including the following:

  1. Arrest cases where no charges are filed decided by the prosecution attorney will be removed from the public records repository after 1 year,
  2. Cases of arrests where charges are not filed because of a completed diversion will be removed from public view after 2 years.
  3. Arrest cases where charges were filed but dismissed by the court or following completion of drug, problem-solving court, or another approved court order program. These cases will be removed from public records immediately following the dismissal of the case.

Furthermore, juvenile records are unavailable, and other Nebraska arrest records may be sealed or expunged and will not be accessible to the public. Federal background check laws must be abided by, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that protect against discrimination.

In addition to criminal and arrest records, the Nebraska public information search instructions reveal other types of records that are publicly available and how to find them, including records pertaining to marriage, divorce, birth, death, court dockets, and more.

A Comparison of What Shows Up on Criminal Records vs Arrest Records in Nebraska

While the terms arrest records and criminal records may be used interchangeably at times, it’s important to know some significant differences as to what shows up on both.

An arrest record will show that an individual was detained by police with the suspicion that they committed the crime, with no admission of guilt.

An arrest records screenshot from Gage County shows the inmate's name, charges, booking date, and county of custody.
Source: Gage County Sheriff’s Office8

On the other hand, a Nebraska criminal record will show the entirety of the case, from the arrest to the specific charges and the outcome. Criminal records will also show any historical data.

Simply put, a criminal record will be all-inclusive, stating all valuable information regarding the individual and the case, whereas an arrest record only shows that someone was arrested.

How To View Nebraska Arrest Records & the Reason for Incarceration for Free

While there are various ways to obtain Nebraska arrest records, each lookup database requires the individuals’ names (first or last name) and an estimation of which city or county they were arrested in.

The most helpful first step would be to check the county jail and sheriff’s office information found in the table below, which contains a direct link to every county inmate lookup tool for finding details of anyone incarcerated throughout Nebraska, if applicable, that updates daily arrests regularly.

Additionally, the Nebraska State Patrol does have a statewide search feature, and their information is provided to them by the specific counties in Nebraska, so there may be a slight delay in retrieving the information.

Utilize the Nebraska County Sheriff’s Arrest Records Searches (NE Mugshots & Inmate Lookup)

The most effective way to look up current arrest reports and to understand what someone was arrested for is by contacting the county sheriff’s office or utilizing the online inmate lookup service in the specific county jail where the offense took place.

Online inmate look-up prepared by the Cass County Sheriff's Office for an alternative way to know if someone is arrested.
Source: Cass County Sheriff’s Office9

Below is a chart of all 93 counties in Nebraska. Because a lot of the counties are small, not all have an online directory inmate search tool for their county jail, so the chart instead provides a direct link to the Sheriff’s office and their phone number.

When applicable, the county jail inmate search feature and the jail and sheriff’s office phone numbers are marked in the table below. Some counties do not have a jail, and others use the same phone number for the detention center and sheriff’s office. Finally, a few of the counties will also publicly post their mugshot database, which is also indicated on the chart:

County Inmate Search Tool County Jail or Sheriff’s Office Phone Number Shows Mugshots?
Adams County Sheriff’s Office: 402-461-7181 X
Antelope County Sheriff’s Office: 402-887-4148 X
Arthur County Sheriff’s Office: 308-764-9011 X
Banner County Sheriff’s Office: 308-436-5271 X
Blaine County Sheriff’s Office: 308-547-2222 Ext 203 X
Boone County Sheriff’s Office: 402-395-2144 X
Box Butte County Sheriff’s Office: 308-762-6464 X
Boyd County Sheriff’s Office: 402-775-2331 X
Brown County Sheriff’s Office: 402-387-1440 X
Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office: 308-236-8555 X
Burt County Sheriff’s Office: 402-374-2900 X
Butler County Sheriff’s Office: 402-367-7400 X
Cass County Sheriff’s Office: 402-296-9370 (24-Hour)
Cedar County Sheriff’s Office: 402-254-6884 X
Chase County Sheriff’s Office: 308-882-4748 X
Cherry County Sheriff’s Office: 402-376-1890 X
Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office: 308-254-2922 X
Clay County Sheriff’s Office: 402-762-1154 X
Colfax County Sheriff’s Office: 402-352-8526 X
Cuming County Sheriff’s Office: 402-372-6019 X
Custer County Sheriff’s Office: 308-872-6418 X
Dakota County Sheriff’s Office: 402-987-2170 X
Dawes County Sheriff’s Office: 308-432-3025 X
Dawson County Jail: 308-324-2279
Sheriff’s Office: 308-324-3011
Deuel County Sheriff’s Office: 308-874-3305 X
Dixon County Sheriff’s Office: 402-755-5608 X
Dodge County Jail: 402-727-2708
Sheriff’s Office: 402-727-2700
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office: 402-444-7400 X
Dundy County Sheriff’s Office: 308-423-2393 X
Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office: 402-759-4441 X
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office: 308-425-6231 X
Frontier County Sheriff’s Office: 308-367-4411 X
Furnas County Sheriff’s Office: 308-268-2245 X
Gage County Jail: 402-223-5222
Sheriff’s Office: 402-223-5221
Garden County Sheriff’s Office: 308-772-3540 X
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office: 308-346-5150 X
Gosper County Sheriff’s Office: 308-785-2420 X
Grant County Sheriff’s Office: 308-458-2396 X
Greeley County Sheriff’s Office: 308-428-2395 X
Hall County Jail: 308-385-5206
Sheriff’s Office: 308-385-5200
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office: 402-694-6936 X
Harlan County Sheriff’s Office: 308-928-2147 X
Hayes County Sheriff’s Office: 308-286-3364 X
Hitchcock County Sheriff’s Office: 308-334-5444 X
Holt County Sheriff’s Office: 402-336-2850 X
Hooker County Sheriff’s Office: 308-546-2290 X
Howard County Sheriff’s Office: 308-754-5433 X
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office: 402-729-2284 X
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office: 402-335-3307 X
Kearney County Sheriff’s Office: 308-832-2805 X
Keith County Jail: 308-284-4772
Sheriff’s Office: 308-284-3641
Keya Paha County Sheriff’s Office: 402-497-3201 X
Kimball County Sheriff’s Office: 308-235-3615 X
Knox County Sheriff’s Office: 402-288-4263 X
Lancaster County Jail: 402-441-1900
Sheriff’s Office: 402-441-6500
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office: 308-535-9599
Logan County Sheriff’s Office: 308-636-2288 X
Loup County Sheriff’s Office: 308-942-3435 X
Madison County Sheriff’s Office: 402-454-2110 X
McPherson County Sheriff’s Office: 308-587-2445 X
Merrick County Sheriff’s Office: 308-946-2345 X
Morrill County Sheriff’s Office: 308-262-0408 X
Nance County Sheriff’s Office: 308-536-2452 X
Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office: 402-274-3139 X
Nuckolls County Sheriff’s Office: 402-225-2831 X
Otoe County Sheriff’s Office: 402-873-9560 X
Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office: 402-852-2969 X
Perkins County Sheriff’s Office: 308-352-7501 X
Phelps County Sheriff’s Office: 308-995-5692 X
Pierce County Sheriff’s Office: 402-329-6346 X
Platte County Sheriff’s Office: 402-564-3229 X
Polk County Sheriff’s Office: 402-747-2231 X
Red Willow County Sheriff’s Office: 308-345-8682 X
Richardson County Sheriff’s Office: 402-245-2470
Rock County Sheriff’s Office: 402-684-3811 X
Saline County Sheriff’s Office: 402-821-2111 X
Sarpy County Jail: 402-593-2298
Sheriff’s Office: 402-593-2288
Saunders County Jail: 402-443-5660
Sheriff’s Office: 402-443-3718
Scotts Bluff County Jail: 308-436-7300
Sheriff’s Office: 308-436-6667
Seward County Jail: 402-643-9453
Sheriff’s Office: 402-643-2359
Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office: 308-327-2161 X
Sherman County Sheriff’s Office: 308-745-1511
Sioux County Sheriff’s Office: 308-668-2418 X
Stanton County Sheriff’s Office: 402-439-2212 X
Thayer County Sheriff’s Office: 402-768-6139 X
Thomas County Sheriff’s Office: 308-645-2221 X
Thurston County Sheriff’s Office: 402-385-3018 X
Valley County Sheriff’s Office: 308-728-3906 X
Washington County Jail: 402-426-6861
Sheriff’s Office: 402-426-6868
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office: 402-375-1911 X
Webster County Sheriff’s Office: 402-746-2722 X
Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office: 308-654-3232 X
York County Sheriff’s Office: 402-362-4927 X

If a county isn’t seen in the table above, this is because, according to the National Institute of Corrections, as of their most updated census, there are 63 county jails in 93 counties.1

How To Reach Out to Someone in Jail & Start the Bail Process

Knowing where to obtain contact information can be helpful for various reasons, from scheduling visitations to obtaining further information on bail.

Each jail has a slightly different process for scheduling the visitation and differing rules to follow before and during the visit. Because of this, contacting each specific jail directly will be the most effective way to ensure all information is correct and up-to-date.

Use the county inmate link’s in the above chart to navigate to the sheriff’s office website. From that website, each county will have information on their visitation policies and whether they offer in-person or remote visits. When in doubt, try calling the sheriff’s office phone number, also included in the county jails chart above.

Each jail in Nebraska may also have different procedures for bailing someone out, so contact the specific jail for bail information using the same above information. Or, for simplicity, hire an expert people finder, more commonly known as a bail bondsman to help navigate the processes.

How To Retrieve Nebraska Criminal Records: Search Through State & County Agencies

There are a few different ways to check if someone has a criminal record and retrieve the record, including paid and free options.

Nebraska criminal records are often housed at local county courthouses and may be able to be obtained online for free or printed for a small fee. The Court of Clerks can be of assistance while looking for criminal records.

Furthermore, Nebraska has an all-inclusive incarceration search feature that provides current information on inmates, their charges and historical data.

As detailed below, criminal history records can also be requested directly through the Nebraska State Patrol for $15.50.

Run a Nebraska Criminal Record Search via the County’s Clerk of Court

All of the different counties in Nebraska house a variety of older records at their Court of Clerks’ office.

While many counties are fairly small and do not have their own dedicated criminal history record search database online, contacting the office directly would be the best way to determine if someone was arrested and obtain a full historical data report.

For a full list of the different county Clerk’s Offices, including both the physical address and phone number, look at the table below:

County Court Criminal Records Search Courthouse Address Phone Number
Adams County Clerk of Court Suite 203 2nd Floor Courthouse
Hastings, NE 68902
Antelope County Clerk of Court Courthouse 501 Main, PO Box 45
Neligh, NE 68756
Arthur County Clerk of Court Arthur County Court, c/o Keith County Court, 511 North Spruce Street, Room 105
Ogallala, Nebraska 69153
Banner County Clerk of Court 204 State St,
Harrisburg, NE 69345
Blaine County Clerk of Court 145 Lincoln Avenue
Brewster, Nebraska 68821
Boone County Clerk of Court 222 South 4th Street
Albion, Nebraska 68620
Box Butte County Clerk of Court 515 Box Butte Avenue #100
Alliance, NE 69301
Boyd County Clerk of Court Box 396 Thayer Street
Butte, Nebraska 68722
Brown County Clerk of Court 148 West 4th Street
Ainsworth, Nebraska 69210
Buffalo County Clerk of Court 1512 Central Ave
Kearney, Nebraska 68848
Burt County Clerk of Court 111 N 13th Street, Suite 11
Tekamah, NE 68061
Butler County Clerk of Court 451 N 5th St
David City, NE 68632
Cass County Clerk of Court Cass County Courthouse, 346 Main. #303, Room 201
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
Cedar County Clerk of Court 2nd Floor, 101 S Broadway Ave
Hartington, NE 68739
Chase County Clerk of Court 921 Broadway St
Imperial, Nebraska 69033
Cherry County Clerk of Court 365 N Main St #11
Valentine, NE 69201
Cheyenne County Clerk of Court 1000 10th Avenue, PO Box 217
Sidney, NE 69162-0217
Clay County Clerk of Court 111 W Fairfield St
Clay Center, NE 68933
Colfax County Clerk of Court 411 East 11th Street
Schuyler, NE 68661
Cuming County Clerk of Court 200 S Lincoln Rm 200
West Point, NE
Custer County Clerk of Court 604 Heritage Drive
Broken Bow, NE 68822
Dakota County Clerk of Court 1601 Broadway
Dakota City, NE 68731
Dawes County Clerk of Court 451 Main Street
Chadron, Nebraska 69337
Dawson County Clerk of Court 700 North Washington Street, Room E
Lexington, NE. 68850
Deuel County Clerk of Court 718 3rd St
Chappell, NE 69129
Dixon County Clerk of Court 302 W 3rd St
Ponca, NE 68770
Dodge County Clerk of Court 428 N Broad
Fremont, NE 68025
Douglas County Clerk of Court 300 Hall of Justice, 1701 Farnam Street, 3rd Floor
Omaha, NE 68183
Dundy County Clerk of Court 112 W 7th Ave
Benkelman, Nebraska 69021
Fillmore County Clerk of Court 900 G Street
Geneva, NE
Franklin County Clerk of Court 405 15th Ave,
Franklin, NE 68939
Frontier County Clerk of Court 1 Wellington St
Stockville, NE 69042
Furnas County Clerk of Court 912 R St
Beaver City, NE 68926
Gage County Clerk of Court 612 Grant Street, Room 11
Beatrice, NE 68310
Garden County Clerk of Court 611 Main St
Oshkosh, NE 69154
Garfield County Clerk of Court 250 S 8th Ave
Burwell, NE 68823
Gosper County Clerk of Court 507 Smith Ave
Elwood, NE 68937
Grant County Clerk of Court 105 Harrison St,
Hyannis, Nebraska 69350
Greeley County Clerk of Court 101 South Kildare Street
Greeley, NE 68842
Hall County Clerk of Court 111 West 1st Street, Suite #1
Grand Island, Nebraska 68801
Hamilton County Clerk of Court 1111 13th Street
Aurora, NE 68818
Harlan County Clerk of Court 706 W 2nd St
Alma, NE 68920
Hayes County Clerk of Court 505 Troth Street
Hayes Center, NE 69032
Hitchcock County Clerk of Court 229 E D St,
Trenton, NE 69044
308- 334-5383
Holt County Clerk of Court 204 N 4th St #3,
O’Neill, NE 68763
Hooker County Clerk of Court 102 N Cleveland Ave,
Mullen, NE 69152
Howard County Clerk of Court 612 Indian Street, Suite #1
St. Paul, NE 68873
Jefferson County Clerk of Court 411 4th Street
Fairbury, NE 68352
Johnson County Clerk of Court 351 Broadway,
Tecumseh, NE 68450
Kearney County Clerk of Court 424 N Colorado
Minden, NE 68959
Keith County Clerk of Court 511 North Spruce St, Room 202
Ogallala NE 69153
Keya Paha County Clerk of Court 310 Courthouse Dr.
Springview, NE 68778
Kimball County Clerk of Court 114 East 3rd Street, Suite 6
Kimball, NE 69145
Knox County Clerk of Court 206 Main St,
Center, NE 68724
Lancaster County Clerk of Court 575 S 10th Street, 2nd Floor
Lincoln, NE 68508
Lincoln County Clerk of Court 301 N. Jeffers St,
North Platte, NE 69101
Logan County Clerk of Court 317 Main St #8,
Stapleton, NE 69163
308- 636-2311
Loup County Clerk of Court 408 4th St,
Taylor, NE 68879
Madison County Clerk of Court 1313 North Main Street,
Madison NE 68748
McPherson County Clerk of Court 500 N Anderson St,
Tryon, NE 69167
Merrick County Clerk of Court 1510 18th St #1,
Central City, NE 68826
Morrill County Clerk of Court 606 L St,
Bridgeport, NE 69336
Nance County Clerk of Court 209 Esther St,
Fullerton, NE 68638
Nemaha County Clerk of Court 1824 N Street, Courthouse Ste 302
Auburn, NE 68305
Nuckolls County Clerk of Court 150 Main St,
Nelson, NE 68961
402-225-2371 #4
Otoe County Clerk of Court 1021 Central Avenue, Room 109
Nebraska City, NE 68410
Pawnee County Clerk of Court 625 6th Street.
Pawnee City. Nebraska. 68420
Perkins County Clerk of Court 200 Lincoln Ave, PO Box 222
Grant, NE 69140
Phelps County Clerk of Court 715 5th Ave,
Holdrege, NE 68949
Pierce County Clerk of Court 111 W. Court St., Room 12
Pierce, NE 68767
Platte County Clerk of Court 2610 14th Street
Columbus, NE 68602
Polk County Clerk of Court 400 Hawkeye Street
Osceola, NE 68651
402- 747-5371
Red Willow County Clerk of Court 502 Norris Avenue
McCook, NE 69001
Richardson County Clerk of Court 1700 Stone St, Room 302
Falls City, NE 68355
Rock County Clerk of Court 400 State St,
Bassett, NE 68714
Saline County Clerk of Court 204 South High Street
Wilber, NE 68465
Sarpy County Clerk of Court 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Suite 3141
Papillion, NE 68046-3087
Saunders County Clerk of Court 387 N Chestnut St, Suite 6
Wahoo, NE 68066
Scotts Bluff County Clerk of Court Court House – 2nd Level, 1725 10th Street
Gering, NE 69341
Seward County Clerk of Court 261 S 8th St.
Seward, Nebraska 68434
Sheridan County Clerk of Court 303 E 2nd St,
Rushville, NE 69360
Sherman County Clerk of Court 630 O St,
Loup City, NE 68853
Sioux County Clerk of Court PO Box 158
Harrison, NE 69346
Stanton County Clerk of Court 804 Ivy St,
Stanton, NE 68779
Thayer County Clerk of Court 225 N. 4th St., Room 302
Hebron, NE 68370
Thomas County Clerk of Court 503 Main St
Thedford, NE 69166
Thurston County Clerk of Court 106 5th St
Pender, NE 68047
Valley County Clerk of Court 125 S 15th Street
Ord, NE 68862
Washington County Clerk of Court 1555 Colfax St,
Blair, NE 68008
Wayne County Clerk of Court 510 Pearl Street, Suite 6
Wayne, NE 68787
Webster County Clerk of Court 621 N Cedar St,
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Wheeler County Clerk of Court 3rd & Main
Bartlett, NE 68622
York County Clerk of Court 510 Lincoln Avenue, Room 211
York, Nebraska 68467

How To Perform a Statewide Criminal Record Search via Nebraska’s Judicial Branch (Justice Search Feature)

Running statewide criminal records searches in Nebraska is an effective way to check every county at once, and the Nebraska Judicial Branch has a search feature that provides valuable information, including:

  • Case Details: The date, what the case was about, who the judge was, and what the trial outcome was.
  • Party Listing: This information includes the plaintiff, defendants, and their attorneys, if applicable.
  • Court Cost Information: Any associated fees will also be included.

It’s important to note that there is a $15.00 fee before you can even access the search feature, and searches with no results still require payment. Also, there is a 24-hour time lag between when a new case is entered into the system to when it appears on the search platform.

A screenshot of Nebraska Justice Search, which operates a statewide criminal record search in Nebraska, asks for personal information such as name, address, contact number, and email address.
Source: Nebraska Government Website 10

To search for a court case in Nebraska using the JUSTICE court case search system, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Nebraska JUSTICE Search- One-Time Case Search page and agree to the Terms and Conditions of the service to begin the search.
  2. Enter payment information.
  3. Search for the individual by their name. It’s not recommended to narrow the search by other criteria unless more than 30 matching cases populate. If more than 30 show up, the search will be performed again, and there will not be a second charge.
  4. Once the search has been completed, someone will have access to all the case details resulting from the search for three calendar days.

Requesting & Obtaining Copies of Criminal Records in Nebraska (NE)

The best way to obtain Nebraska criminal records would be to request a copy directly through the Nebraska State Patrol under Nebraska Statute 29-3523. These searches provide a lot of valuable information, including Nebraska arrest records where fingerprints were taken. Current arrests that occurred in other states will not show up.

Individuals using this method will pay a fee of $15.50. This request can be made online through the state patrol criminal history reports page and unlike some search options, requires you to identify yourself before the search. These requests can also be done in person or via mail by filling out the required form.

The online application request for criminal record history in Nebraska requires the individual's full name, address, and email address.
Source: Nebraska State Police11

It’s important to be aware that, when requesting records through the state patrol, more information is required of the person of interest, including the first and last names, date of birth, sex, and race. While not required, the social security number, driver’s license number, and place of residency will help expedite the results.

The request form to fill up to obtain a Criminal History record of an individual in the State of Nebraska would require information like name, address, gender, race, and address.
Source: Nebraska State Police12

Criminal records can also be requested on the county level through the Clerk of Court or sheriff’s department. Utilize the court and sheriff’s office numbers in the tables above to contact the specific county for further information.

How To Retrieve Probation or Parole Information in Nebraska

While there is no specific probation search or parole database in Nebraska, there are various methods to obtain this information.

It’s important to recognize some notable differences between probation and parole. Probation, also known in Nebraska as post-release supervision, is a sentence for someone accused of minor offenses or misdemeanors.2 This occurs after someone has served little to no time in jail.

On the other hand, parole is designated for those who have committed major offenses. Parole is part of the initial sentencing and is often viewed as an early release from prison. Both are also viewed as a rehabilitation back into civilian life. The Nebraska Board of Parole oversees parole and publishes an annual report on everything related to parole that happened over the year.3

To illustrate just how many people are on probation and parole and how many records are available, the following image shows the combined total of probationers and parolees in Nebraska, along with their ethnicities. Furthermore, these totals are also compared to the number of individuals on community supervision (including probation and parole) in other states across the United States.

An image displaying the map of the United States' combined population of adults on probation and parole per 100,000 U.S. residents and the community supervision ethnicities in Nebraska.
Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics

Utilizing the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services incarceration records free search would be an effective way to see if someone is on parole or post-release supervision in Nebraska. A few additional methods to take are running a background check on the individual, checking criminal records through the county courthouse for a history of offenses, or calling parole or probation offices.

Finally, looking for a federally charged inmate could be worth checking the Federal Bureau of Prisons as it shows historical information for anyone who went to federal prison. While it does not clearly state the inmate is on parole, it will show if they were recently released, which may be an indicator they are on parole.

Citizens can also review the steps for tracking down Nebraska probationer information for step-by-step guidance.

How To Get a Criminal Record Pardoned or Set Aside in Nebraska

Nebraska does not have a statutory expungement provision. That being said, the only way to expunge a Nebraska arrest record is if the arrest resulted from a law enforcement error. When attempting to expunge the arrest record, the individual must file a petition with the District Court county where the arrest occurred.

Criminal charges in Nebraska will always appear on a criminal record but can be “pardoned” or “set aside.” A pardon is a formal forgiveness that will restore lost civil rights after a felony conviction, such as the right to vote, hold public office, be a juror, receive a passport, and more, that is granted by the Board of Pardons.

Pardons are typically only granted three years after misdemeanor cases and ten years later for those on the felony registry, which includes probation or parole time. It’s important to note that there must be no further convictions or contact with law enforcement during this time.

To request a pardon on a case, there are clear directions and steps that must be followed offered through the Board of Pardons. Here are the materials that are needed for consideration:

  1. Complete the pardon request application, which is found on the Board of Pardons website.
  2. Obtain three or more reference/character letters from citizens of the community where the applicant has lived.
  3. Court documents must accompany the application, which includes the sentencing order, probation order, release from probation order, and a receipt or letter from the sentencing court showing all fines have been paid.
  4. Sign, date, and have the application notarized before mailing the application to the Board of Pardons office.
An authorization and release form for a pardon application in Nebraska requires the names, places of birth, and signatures of the required individuals.
Source: State of Nebraska Board of Pardons13

There is no guarantee of the case outcome, and the process can take several months to several years to determine whether someone will be granted a hearing.

A set-aside means the conviction will be voided by the same judge who originally provided the sentence in the criminal case and is overseen by the Nebraska Judicial Branch. These decisions are decided solely by the judge. Someone will only be eligible for their conviction to be set aside if:

  • Probation terms, if applicable, were completed;
  • Community service sentencing, if applicable, was completed;
  • Sentenced to 1 year or less in jail and completed sentence; OR
  • The sentence was a fine only, and the fine was paid.

The forms required to petition a set aside can be mailed to or taken to the Clerk of Court where the conviction occurred.

The form for the petition to set aside a conviction would require some personal information, such as the name of the court and county in which you were convicted, the case number, the full name of the defendant, and the type of conviction.
Source: State of Nebraska Judicial Branch14

Being eligible does not guarantee the judge will approve the set-aside. The charge will still show up on criminal history and background checks but will indicate it has been set aside.

Specific instructions and requirements exist for someone looking to get their conviction set aside. Because many courts have specific local rules, it’s best to contact the Clerk of the District Court or County Court in your county, which can also be found in the Clerk of Courts table, to find out if there are any specific county rules.

Here is a list of what information is needed for someone requesting a set-aside:

  • The date of the offense
  • Criminal charges
  • The outcome of the charge (guilty or not guilty)
  • Sentencing information (probation, fines, jail)
  • Whether the sentence was completed

Prisoner Records: Steps To Find Someone in a Nebraska State or Federal Prison

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has a complete public Incarceration Records Search option to see what state prison someone is in as well as valuable information regarding their charges and current status.

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services offers a search tool for accessing an individual's incarceration records as long as you know their first and last name and DCS ID.
Source: Nebraska Department of Correctional Services15

Alongside showing charge information, the search provides a full breakdown of sentencing, offenses, and when they will be/were released. Although the search does supply a lot of valuable information, contacting the specific state prison the individual is at may provide further information, specifically visitation and bond information. There are nine state-run prisons in Nebraska that are run by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

While Nebraska does not have a federal prison within the state, searching through the Bureau of Prison inmate search would be the best way to find someone in a federal penitentiary or who was convicted of a federal crime.

This is useful information because an individual convicted of a federal crime in Nebraska will be transferred to a surrounding state’s federal prison. To find someone through the Bureau of Prison, search by their prison identifying number or first or last name.

An online search tool where you can check information of an individual who committed a federal crime, this search tool would require personal information like name, race, sex, etc.
Source: Federal Bureau of Prisons16

How To Run a Nebraska Warrant Search: Find Out if You or Someone Else Is Wanted

Nebraska does not have a statewide warrant list, so the best way to search for who has an active warrant out for their arrest is to contact the specific county.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services inmate search does provide information if someone is on the run, and their current status will be listed as “Absconder.” It’s noteworthy to mention that someone with the status of “absconder” will not have an active warrant out for their arrest until attempts to reconnect with the offender have failed.

When looking for warrant information for a specific county in Nebraska, simply search “[County Name] warrant search” and navigate to the official county website for the given region. If applicable, there will be a warrant search in the menu that can be searched online, but if not, navigate to the contact page to call the county sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office phone number and website can also be found in the county jail table above.

Federal warrants are issued by the U.S. Marshals and housed under the Warrant Information System (WIN) but can not be accessed by the public.

Check out the overview of looking up anyone wanted in Nebraska for more in-depth guidance on warrants issued here.

Nebraska Background Checks (Explained)

Knowing the purpose and how to utilize background checks can be extremely helpful as they can be used for personal and professional reasons such as employment, firearm purchases, and sometimes residency. They may also be used for adoption applications and security clearance checks and may be used by both local and federal agencies.

For personal uses, anyone can run a background check on any individual to check for Nebraska criminal records, employment history, addresses, and more. It is important that the information found can not be used for harassment, stalking, hate crimes, etc. Most personal background checks also do not require consent from the individual.

Personal background checks can be obtained through court record searches and state police searches, and it’s also possible to use third-party services to check many different counties and states at once.

Professional background checks must abide by all federal and state laws and require consent from the person being investigated. These are used to verify personal information for a variety of different reasons, from employment, residency, and adoptions, and will search criminal, education, and credit histories and social media.

All professional background checks must abide by all federal and state laws. These include the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which states that the report cannot be provided to anyone who doesn’t have a purpose.4 Furthermore, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) further protects individuals against discrimination when records are obtained for professional purposes.5

Furthermore, there are two primary types of background checks when it comes to professional uses, and they’re usually referred to as Level 1 and Level 2 background checks. Level 1 background checks are searched by name or name and social security number and will only look at local records such as state or county records.

Level 2 background checks are conducted with fingerprints and are more intensive, looking at national records and providing historical information sourced from the FBI.

In most cases, level 2 background checks are more accurate because they are searched by fingerprint instead of just by name and are a comprehensive background check.

These provide information on personal and criminal information from across the nation such as previous addresses, employers, marital status, credit history, educational and professional certifications, along with misdemeanors, felonies, pending criminal cases, civil judgments, arrests, sex crimes, and prison or jail records.

Level 2 background checks and beyond are used for employment involving at-risk populations such as those with older people or children, healthcare professionals, and some C-level positions such as chief executive officers and chief operating officers.

Nebraska Records of Arrest & Prosecution reports are available for any individual who had a fingerprint-based arrest. These criminal history reports cost $15.50. It is important to know that this search will not provide information on federal sanctions, address changes, employment history, credit reports, sex offender registry, or residence history.

How To Search the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry

Nebraska has a statewide sex offender registry, which the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry Division of Investigative Services oversees.

Under the current statute, Nebraska Statute, Article 40, Section §29-4001 through section §29-4013, also known as the Sex Offender Registration Act, requires all individuals, except juveniles, convicted of specific crimes listed on the FAQ page, to be registered on the public repository.6

The registry can be searched by:

  • Name: Inputting the First or last name;
  • Region: Searching for those registered by county, city, or zip code;
  • Location: Located within a 1-3 radius of a specific location such as home, office, school, etc.
Nebraska sex offender search tool requires the street, city, and zip code as prompts for a 1—to 3-mile radius of the search location.
Source: Nebraska Sex Offender Registry17

The registry will provide all valuable information on the individual, including their demographics, convictions, what vehicles they drive, any schools they attend, if applicable, and their address. There is also an option to submit an email address to be notified of any updates regarding that specific individual.

For a large overview of the entire United States, there is also the option to search the national sex offender registry through the United States Department of Justice’s National Sex Offender public website.

Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public website where you can search by name or by location the list of sex offenders in all 50 states, The District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and Indian Country.
Source: The United States Department of Justice18

An Overview of Nebraska Laws on Criminal Records & Arrest Records

Nebraska Statute 29-3523 states that criminal records are public records, and anyone has access to this specific data, except under special circumstances such as juvenile records or those that have been dismissed.

Furthermore, under the Nebraska Statute §84-712.01, the Nebraska Public Records Law states there are no restrictions on the use of the records, and all documents belonging to any government access are accessible by the public, except if explicitly stated otherwise.

Nebraska Revised Statute 48-202 protects potential employees by prohibiting employers from requiring an applicant to disclose their criminal history or record until it’s determined the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for employment. It’s important to remember that this statute does not apply to certain careers, such as law enforcement and schools.

For personal criminal record searches, it’s permissible to use background checks without someone’s prior consent. However, for professional searches, such as those for property management, licensing, or jobs, they must abide by all state, local, and federal laws, including EEOC and FCRA.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) protects individuals from discrimination. It ensures everyone is given the same opportunity and held to the same standards regardless of race, age, disabilities, etc.7

In addition, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) continues to protect individuals when background information is run on them by requiring the applicant to give written permission for the background check, requiring the employer to disclosure what information was used to decide on the employment, and that the applicant can be given a copy of the consumer report if desired.

This resource outlines everything important to know when wanting to obtain background information on someone, utilizing Nebraska’s various online and in-person resources to obtain info such as Nebraska arrest records; it also ensures the most accurate and up-to-date results for Nebraska criminal records will be acquired.


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