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Lawrence County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Lawrence County Arrest Records?

Lawrence County arrest records (also called arrest reports) show the criminal background of a suspect. Records may include the events that resulted in the arrest. Other details on this document are the location of arrest, mugshots, names, charges, physical descriptions, and more. Arrest reports are public documents; thus, county residents can obtain it from the law enforcement agencies. They are accessible at federal, state, and county levels. Interested persons should note that arrest records are no substitute for criminal records. This is because arrest records are created after the arrest takes place while criminal records are created after the criminal’s conviction.

Crime Statistics of Lawrence County

According to the 2017 FBI Crime Uniform Report, Lawrence County in the state of Indiana recorded a total crime index of 320 offenses reported by local law enforcement agencies. Sixty-nine violent crimes were reported, including three rape cases, one robbery, and 65 aggravated assaults. Also, a total number of 251 property crimes were recorded, including 114 burglaries, 97 thefts, 40 motor vehicle thefts, and two arsons.

What are Lawrence County Criminal Records?

Criminal records in Lawrence County are records showing the criminal history information of individuals convicted of a crime. The document is also known as ‘rap sheet,’ and it contains the details such as:

  • Personal information like name, date of birth, etc.
  • Arrest reports
  • Search warrants
  • Details of events leading to the arrest
  • Fingerprint
  • Mugshots
  • Conviction date
  • Probation records

The Indiana State Police Department serves as the central repository for all criminal records across the 92 counties within the state. The state police store records such as kidnapping, domestic abuse, murder, arson, assault, and rape. At the county level, the Lawrence County Sheriff must create and make these records available to the public

How Do I Get Lawrence County Criminal Records?

The Lawrence County Sheriff can also provide public access to this record. Interested parties should visit:

Lawrence County Sheriff
1420 I St,
Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: (812) 275-3316

Other police departments in the county are:

Bedford Police Department
1617 K Street
Bedford, IN

City of Mitchell Police Department
407 South 6th Street
Mitchell, IN

Mitchell Police Department
628 West Main Street
Mitchell, IN

Oolitic Police Department
109 Main Street
Oolitic, IN

Residents in Lawrence County can gain access to the Limited Criminal History files provided by Indiana State Police (ISP). The LCH is a name-based online tool that allows individuals to search for criminal records by using the bio-data, race, gender, social security number, and occasionally the place of birth of any criminal. Alternatively, the requesting party can use the fingerprint-based National Full Criminal History to obtain a more comprehensive report.

Another way to get these files is to fill a request form and submit in person or via mail to

ISP, Criminal History Limited Check,
PO. Box 6188,
Indianapolis, IN 46206-6188.

The service fee is $7 and is payable via money order to the ‘State of Indiana.’

Where Can I Find Lawrence County Sex Offender Information?

The Lawernce County Sheriff maintains an online registry that provides information on registered sex offenders. It features personal information, the photographs, and addresses of persons who are registered as sexual or violent offenders. The online tool aims to educate the populace about the existence, address, and presence of sexual/violent offenders in Lawrence County.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Lawrence County Jail?

The Office of Lawrence County Sheriff is responsible for supervising the activities of the local jail facility in the county. Visitors should visit the office located at:

Lawrence County Jail
1420 I St,
Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: (812) 277-2014

Visitors should read all the visiting rules to make their visits successful. Although there is no information on dress codes, visitors can call the jail administrator for all necessary details.

Where and How to Find Lawrence County Inmate Information

Interested persons can use the statewide inmate search tool to search for offenders at the correctional center. The registry is updated by the (IDOC) Indiana Department of Corrections. It helps find inmate information where getting it from the county becomes difficult.

What are Lawrence County Court Records?

Lawrence County court records are documents containing allegations, court proceedings, dockets, case records, judgments, and sworn statements that are generally available for public inspection. According to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act in 1980, county residents have a right to access any court record. Requesters can search though online records via the Odyssey Public Access search tool. The free service is accessible using the case ID, name of the involved party, or attorney. Confidential records like juvenile records are not available for public access because they are statutory. The documents are only obtainable by visiting the court directly.

Location of All Courts in Lawrence County

Lawrence County Circuit Court
916 15th St,
#31, Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: (812) 275-7543
Fax: (812) 277-2024

Lawrence County Superior Court
916 15th St,
#31, Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: (812) 275-7543
Fax: (812) 277-2024

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

What are Lawrence County Vital Records?

Vital records of Lawrence County contain information of events such as birth, death, marriage, and divorce that happened within the county. All Vital Records in Lawrence and other counties in the state are accessible via Indiana State Department of Health. In line with the APRA law, these records contain personal and sensitive information and will be available only to eligible persons. Interested persons will have to apply to the approved custodian, either at the state or county level.

The eligibility requirements for accessing these records may differ depending on the file and its custodian. Requesters should note that every vital record request takes about 15 business days for processing. The state’s department of health office is located at:

Vital Records
Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis IN 46204

Where and How to Get Lawrence County Divorce Records

Lawrence County divorce records are regarded as court records and are available at the court where the case was settled. Generally, the files are created and stored by the Clerk of the Circuit and Superior Courts. Eligible applicants can visit the Clerk at:

Lawrence County Clerk
916 15th Street Room 31
Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: (812) 275-7543

Where and How to Get Lawrence County Marriage Records

Marriage records have been in existence in the state of Indiana since 1850. To be eligible, requesters must state the partners’ names, the place, and the date of the union. Applicants can obtain the documents by visiting the office of the Lawrence County Recorder, located at:

Lawrence County Recorder
916 15th St #21,
Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: (812) 275-3245

Alternatively, applicants can complete and submit the marriage application form to the state’s health office. Requesters can also access the records online via the Marriage License Public Lookup database provided by the state repository. The free database contains files since 1993. The Indiana State Library provides access to older documents

Where and How to Get Lawrence County Birth Records and Death Records

The Vital Records Department, a section under the Lawrence County Health Department is tasked with creating and storing all birth and death events in the county. The records, dated as far back as 1882, available to only the record holder or any related persons. While a request for a birth certificate costs $10, a death certificate request costs $12. To obtain the record, interested persons should complete and submit a birth or death request form via mail to:

Lawrence County Health Department
2419 Mitchell Rd.
Bedford, IN 47421

Note that acceptable forms of payment are money and cashier checks only. In-person visits are available by visiting the office, which is opened to requesters from 3:15 p.m. on business days only. Also, requesters should read other information regarding access to certificates or call the department on (812) 275-3234