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Milwaukee County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Milwaukee County Arrest Records?

Milwaukee County arrest records are official documents that report local county arrests. In addition to details about the arrested person, arrest records may also state the activities that led to the arrestee’s arrest. Milwaukee County arrest records are not conclusive proof that an arrestee committed the alleged offense. It only shows that an arrestee was apprehended for questioning with respect to some criminal activity. The arrest record may include mugshots, jail bookings, and any court case that results from the arrest.

Crime Statistics

Milwaukee County recorded 123 homicides, 519 rapes, 3,205 robberies, and 6,400 aggravated assaults in 2017. While aggravated assaults were the leading violent crime, there were also 9,758 cases of simple assault in the county that year. The incidences of property crimes include 6,666 burglaries, 20,066 larceny thefts, 6,319 motor vehicle thefts, and 335 arsons.

Compared to 2013 figures, the five-year crime trend for Milwaukee County reveals a small increase in simple assault (2.9%) rate. Homicide (12.8%), rape (77.1%, rape definition was expanded in 2017), aggravated assault (37.5%), motor vehicle theft (32.4%), and arson (6%) rates also increased in the same period. On the other, robbery (10.5%), burglary (18.2%), and larceny-theft (24.3%) rates fell between 2013 and 2017 in Milwaukee County.

What are Milwaukee County Criminal Records?

Milwaukee criminal records contain details about a person's criminal history in the county and their involvement in misdemeanors and felonies. It may include Milwaukee arrest records and other information generally available for employee background checks. The criminal records of Wisconsin state are public documents. Thus anyone can gain access to them. The Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Information Bureau is responsible for maintaining criminal history information in the state. The information contained in Milwaukee criminal records come from various enforcement agencies within the county.

How Do I Get Milwaukee County Criminal Records?

In accordance with the Wisconsin Public Records Law, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office accepts public requests for its non-confidential records. These include accident reports, incident reports, citations, 911 call recordings, squad videos, booking photos, and criminal history checks. For police reports, individuals can complete the Online Public Request Form on the website of Milwaukee County. Alternatively, they can download and complete a PDF version of the Public Request Form and send it by email to the Public Records department or by regular mail to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office at:

W. State St. Rm 102
Milwaukee, WI 53233

How to Find Milwaukee County Sex Offender Information

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections maintains the state’s sex offender registry. It puts this database online and makes it searchable. Requesters can use the “Name Search” function to find a specific sex offender by name. The Geographical Search function lets residents find offenders living in their neighborhoods. Inputting zip codes and street addresses in Milwaukee County should find registered sex offenders living in different areas of the county.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Milwaukee County Jail?

Anyone who wants to visit inmates at the county jail may go to 949 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee. Visitation at the county jail can be conducted onsite or offsite through a video-based system. Offsite visits cost $.65 per minute plus $1 service fee. Onsite visits may be scheduled at least 24 hours before actual visitation. Inmates can have one free, 20-minute onsite visit weekly.

Visiting hours at the Milwaukee County Jail are 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and 6:45 pm to 8:15 pm on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays. Visitors are expected to dress and conduct themselves appropriately within the jail facility. Individuals can call (414) 278-4766 where they need more information on visiting an inmate.

Where and How to Find Milwaukee County Inmate Information

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for maintaining the county jail. It keeps a repository of inmates incarcerated in the county’s jail. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office provides an online search platform to help the public find individuals in the county jail. People can use the Milwaukee County Inmate Search to locate an inmate by providing the name, gender, and date of birth of the inmate. The Milwaukee County Inmate Search tool is accessible to anyone via the Milwaukee Sheriff's Website.

What are Milwaukee County Court Records?

The state courts in Milwaukee County make up the First Judicial District of Wisconsin. Records for civil cases filed in its Circuit Court are available online on the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access portal. They are also available for viewing and copying at the Civil Records Center of the Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office. Visit this office at room G-9 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse located at 901 North 9th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233. The Clerk also accepts mail requests sent to this address. To request for court records this way, mail a completed copy of the Records Request Form to the Clerk of the Court.

The Criminal Division of Milwaukee Circuit Court hears all felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases. It also offers public access to its records. Those hoping to get copies of criminal case documents should visit the customer service window outside Room 117 of the Safety Building located at 821 West State Street. The Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court charges $1.25 per page for copies of court records. There is an additional $5 fee per record when requesting certified copies.

Location of All Courts in Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County Courthouse
North 9th Street
Room 104
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 278-4190

Milwaukee County Circuit Court - Children's Court
Watertown Plank Road
Room 1530
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Phone: (414) 257-7700
Fax: (414) 454-4074

City of Cudahy Municipal Court
South Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110
Phone: (414) 769-2218
Fax: (414) 769-2259

City of Franklin Municipal Court
Franklin Law Enforcement Center
West Loomis Road
Franklin, WI 53132
Phone: (414) 425-4768
Fax: (414) 858-2625

City of Greenfield Municipal Court
West Layton Avenue
Greenfield, WI 53220
Phone: (414) 761-5366
Fax: (414) 761-5360

City of Milwaukee Municipal Court
North James Lovell Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 286-3800
Fax: (414) 286-3615

City of Oak Creek Municipal Court
West Ryan Road
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Phone: (414) 766-7621
Fax: (414) 766-6691

City of South Milwaukee Municipal Court
15th Avenue
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Phone: (414) 762-2222
Fax: (414) 768-8067

City of St. Francis Municipal Court
St. Francis Civic Center
East Howard Avenue
St. Francis, WI 53235
Phone: (414) 316-4315
Fax: (414) 501-7976

City of Wauwatosa Municipal Court
West North Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Phone: (414) 471-8488
Fax: (414) 479-8999

City of West Allis Municipal Court
West Lincoln Avenue
West Allis, WI 53227
Phone: (414) 302-8181
Fax: (414) 302-8028

North Shore Municipal Court - Glendale
North Milwaukee River Parkway
Glendale, WI 53209
Phone: (414) 228-1752
Fax: (414) 228-1707

Village of Bayside Municipal Court
Bayside Village Hall
North Regent Road
Bayside, WI 53217
Phone: (414) 206-3920
Fax: (414) 351-8810

Village of Brown Deer Municipal Court - North Shore
West Green Brook Drive
Brown Deer, WI 53223
Phone: (414) 371-3003
Fax: (414) 371-3045

Village of Fox Point Municipal Court
North Santa Monica Boulevard
Fox Point, WI 53217
Phone: (414) 247-6637
Fax: (414) 351-8907

Village of Greendale Municipal Court
Greendale Safety Center
West Grange Avenue
Greendale, WI 53129
Phone: (414) 423-2127
Fax: (414) 409-2559

Village of Hales Corners Municipal Court
South New Berlin Road
Hales Corners, WI 53130
Phone: (414) 529-6145
Fax: (414) 529-6142

Village of River Hills Municipal Court
North Pheasant Lane
River Hills, WI 53217
Phone: (414) 247-2302
Fax: (414) 206-3920

Village of Shorewood Municipal Court
North Murray Avenue
Shorewood, WI 53211
Phone: (414) 847-2617
Fax: (414) 847-2622

Village of West Milwaukee Municipal Court
West Beloit Road
West Milwaukee, WI 53214
Phone: (414) 645-5411
Fax: (414) 645-8162

Village of Whitefish Bay Municipal Court
North Marlborough Drive
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
Phone: (414) 967-5125
Fax: (414) 755-6558

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What are Milwaukee County Vital Records

The vital records of Milwaukee County are official documents where the information on certain events are recorded. The events included in these records are births, marriages, divorces, and deaths. Anyone can access the vital records of Milwaukee County, upon meeting certain requirements like payment of requisite fees and provision of valid photo ID. People applying for certified copies of vital records on behalf of their family members or clients may also have to submit a Vital Records Consent Form.

The Milwaukee County Register of Deeds keeps and issues divorce records from Jan. 1, 2016. However, anyone who wishes to request divorce records older than January 1, 2016, can contact the Milwaukee Circuit Court Clerk.

Where and How to Get Milwaukee County Divorce Records

Anyone who wishes to request for divorce records Prior to January 1, 2016, can contact the Clerk of the Milwaukee Circuit Court at:

Courthouse 901
North 9th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Requesters can call (414) 278-4135 or send emails to make further inquiries on how to obtain records of divorce prior to January 1, 2016. The Milwaukee County Register of Deeds keeps and issues divorce records from Jan. 1, 2016. Requests to the Register of Deeds for divorce records can be submitted in person or by mail. Requestors may have to download, print, and complete a Divorce records request form, and send same alongside valid ID and check or money order for requisite fees to the:

Register of Deeds Office
N. 9th Street
Courthouse Room 103
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1458

Individuals applying for certified copies of vital records on behalf of a family member or client may also have to fill and submit a Vital Records Consent Form. Requestors may have to pay $20 for the first certified copy of divorce records and $3 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time.

Where and How to Get Milwaukee County Marriage Records

Marriage records in Milwaukee County are public records kept and issued by the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds. To access marriage records, applicants may have to download, print, and complete a Marriage records request form, and submit it either in person or by mail to the:

Register of Deeds Office
N. 9th Street
Courthouse Room 103
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1458

Requestors may also have to present their valid photo ID and pay requisite fees either by check or money order. Anyone applying for certified copies of vital records on behalf of another may also have to fill and submit a Vital Records Consent Form. Certified copies of marriage records cost $20 for the first certified copy. Requestors may have to pay $3 for each additional copy of the record ordered simultaneously.

Where and How to Get Milwaukee County Birth Records

Requestors can obtain birth records for Milwaukee County from the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds. The Milwaukee County Register of Deeds maintains and issues birth records for the county from October 1, 1907, to the present. To obtain birth records, applicants have to submit a duly completed Birth certificate request form to the:

Register of Deeds Office

N. 9th Street
Courthouse Room 103
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1458

The register of deeds accepts applications in person or by mail. People applying for certified copies of vital records on behalf of others may also have to submit a Vital Records Consent Form.

Requestors may have to present their valid ID to access birth records. They may also have to pay requisite fees through a check or money order. Milwaukee County birth records cost $20 for the first certified copy and $3 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time.

Where and How to Get Milwaukee County Death Records

People who wish to obtain death records for Milwaukee County can submit a duly completed Death certificate request form to the:

Register of Deeds Office

N. 9th Street
Courthouse Room 103
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1458

The Milwaukee County Register of Deeds maintains records for deaths in the county from September. 1, 2013 to present. Requests to the register of deeds can be submitted in person or by mail. Anyone applying for certified copies of vital records on behalf of a family member, spouse, or client may also have to submit a Vital Records Consent Form.

Requestors can obtain Milwaukee County death records at the cost of $20 for the first certified copy and $3 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time. Applicants may have to present their valid ID to access the records.

Are Property Records Open to the Public in Milwaukee County?

According to the statutes laid down in Wisconsin’s Open Records Law, Milwaukee County property records are publicly available to residents and visitors. Anyone interested in viewing or copying Milwaukee County property records can submit a request to the authorized custodian in person or in writing.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Milwaukee County

The Milwaukee County Land Information Office (MCLIO) is a subset of the County’s Department of Administrative Services – Facilities Management Division. Among the MCLIO’s functions are administering the Milwaukee County Land Information Council Program and making property records easily accessible to the public. The MCLIO provides online applications for the public to view property records. Interested individuals can also query the MCLIO in person at the address below:

Department of Administrative Services
901 North 9th Street
Courthouse Room 308
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 278-5353

How to Look Up Milwaukee County Property Records

The Milwaukee County Land Information Office provides several interactive online applications that interested persons may use to look up Milwaukee County property records. The Interactive GIS & Land Information Map provides a visual representation of registered lands in Milwaukee County. Interested individuals may search the map by:

  • Address
  • Owner
  • Tax Key
  • Condo
  • CSM
  • Subdivision

Alternatively, the Cadastral and Property Info application allows the public to view cadastral and property information. Users can filter through the map and highlight specific property parcels to find ownership information, legal description, assessed value, address, and more.

All the information available is free and uncertified. Interested individuals can obtain certified copies of property records by querying the MCLIO in person at the address below:

Department of Administrative Services
901 North 9th Street
Courthouse Room 308
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 278-5353

Location of Milwaukee County Property Assessors

Milwaukee County Assessor’s Office
200 E Wells Street
# 507
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 286-3651