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Clinton County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Clinton County Public Records?

The disclosure of records in Clinton County is governed by the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). Per the requirements of this law, government records, such as vital records, criminal records, and court records, are made accessible to interested members of the public. This law also makes provisions for the inspection and copying of these records by interested parties. However, it is essential to note that some of these records may be exempt from public inspection or portions of a requested record.

Clinton County Crime Statistics

The most current Clinton County crime statistics are for the year 2020. In that year, the total crime index was 1,139. The county has divided the offenses committed in the county into violent crimes and property crimes. There were 128 violent crimes in 2020, and the following offenses are responsible for that number: one murder, 59 rape offenses, three robberies, 65 aggravated assault. In the same year, Clinton County reported 1,011 property crimes. This sum was from 123 burglaries, 862 larceny cases, and 26 motor vehicle thefts. In 2019, the total crime index was 1,172. This represents a 2.82% decrease in the index crime total. Property crimes were 1,044, including 128 burglaries, 896 robberies, and 20 thefts.

In comparison, there was a 3.16% decrease in property crimes between 2019 and 2020. However, violent crimes in both years remained the same. The total number of violent crimes in 2019 was 128. This includes one murder, 63 rape offenses, 60 aggravated assaults, and four robberies.

Are Clinton Criminal Records Public?

Yes, Clinton County criminal records are accessible to the public. To request criminal records in Clinton County, a requester should submit an Application for Public Access to Records. It is important to provide a detailed description of the type of record required, a check or money order for copying fees, and attach a valid photo I.D. Enclose these documents in a self-addressed stamped envelope and mail to:

Clinton County Sheriff's Office
25 McCarthy Drive
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 565-4300
Fax: (518) 565-4333

Interested parties can also utilize the service provided by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services to request personal criminal records. Parties can also carry out a statewide criminal record search through The New York Office of Court Administration (OCA). This service costs $95. Parties can do this by submitting a criminal history record search (CHRS) request by mail or online via a direct access program. The search criteria are based on an exact match for a name and a date of birth. The results are public records that relate to criminal cases from the city, town, or village courts of every county in the state.

How to Obtain Clinton County Police Reports and Arrest Records?

Police reports and arrest records contain investigations and arrests and are available at the Clinton County sheriff’s office. Requesters must submit a valid photo I.D., pay a fee, and submit a written request for the specific police report and arrest records.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Clinton County

The Law Enforcement Division of the Clinton County sheriff’s office maintains the county’s sex offender registry. Search parameters for finding a sex offender include the offender’s name, address, email or internet name, phone number, city, and compliance status. Residents can also sign up for alerts when sex offenders move into their neighborhood.

How to Find Clinton County Inmate Records

The Clinton County sheriff’s office has provided an online registry where the public can access Clinton County inmate records. The site contains data on inmates incarcerated in the state of New York. The researcher can search the data by typing in the inmate's names or the I.D. number if available. It also offers the researcher the opportunity to search for inmates using partial names. The registry will provide photos of the inmate if the researcher selects that option and if a photo is available. The inmate records on the registry include names, age, race, gender, I.D. number, custody status, book date, and custody detail (the inmate’s location or parole status).

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Clinton County Jail?

The Correctional Division of the Clinton County sheriff’s office is responsible for the daily operation of the Clinton County jail. Visiting schedules for Clinton County jail are posted at the housing units and lobby of the correction facility. An inmate can have two visits per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. and 12:15 P.M. to 2:15 P.M. Other visitation rules include:

  • Visitors are to provide a valid photo I.D.
  • Children and babies will present a birth certificate as identification.
  • Visitors must be dressed appropriately.
  • Foods and drinks are not allowed in the visiting area.
  • A parent or legal guardian must escort individuals younger than 18. In place of a legal guardian or parent, a ‘Visitor Registration Form” can be filled out and notarized by the parent or legal guardian allowing the visit. A valid I.D. will also be required.

The contact detail for the Clinton County jail is:

Clinton County Sheriff's Office
25 McCarthy Drive
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 565-4300
Fax: (518) 565-4343

Clinton County Court Records

Court records in Clinton County are the documentation of cases tried at courts. This activity is the responsibility of the county clerk. The county clerk is also responsible for certifying court records. The office of the county clerk maintains Clinton County court records. There are several courts in Clinton County that handle different types of cases, and they are:

Supreme and County Court
Clinton County Government Center
137 Margaret Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 536-3840

Family Court
Clinton County Government Center
137 Margaret Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 536-3820

Surrogate’s Court
Clinton County Government Center
137 Margaret Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 536-3830

Youth Court
135 Margaret Street, Suite 203
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 565-4750
Fax: (518) 565-4775
Mailing Address:
137 Margaret Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Are Clinton County Court Records Public?

Yes. Clinton County Court records are available to the public for inspection. In most cases, interested parties can obtain court records from the Clinton County Clerk by submitting an application for public access to records containing the case number or other names of the persons involved in the court case. Also, requesters must pay a search fee and attach a valid photo I.D. However, it is essential to note that some court records are sealed under court order, such as proceedings involving a minor, and court records from these cases are not accessible to the public without proper authorization.

How to Obtain Clinton County Civil Court Case Records

Clinton County civil court records include small claims, mortgages, evictions, domestic violence, foreclosure, real estate, personal injury, and property records. Those interested in obtaining these records will be required to submit all requirements to obtain civil court case records. The requirements include the filing date, the names of the litigants, case number, the name of the judge presiding the case, attorney information. A requester must provide the required information before an administrative staff releases a court record. Further inquiries should be directed to the Clinton County Clerk during office hours from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Mondays to Fridays. Members of the public who wish to request in-person can do so by visiting the office of the Clinton County Clerk at:

Clinton County Government Center
137 Margaret Street, First Floor
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 565-4700
Fax: (518) 565-4718

How to Obtain Clinton County Criminal Court Records

Interested parties who wish to obtain Clinton County criminal records can do so by visiting the office of the Clinton County clerk. Clinton County criminal records include felonies, misdemeanors, felony preliminary hearings, ordinance violations, traffic, and infraction. The requester’s responsibility is to submit the necessary details to obtain Clinton County criminal court records. Details should include information on the crime, the people involved in the case, court dates, the names of the prosecutor and defense attorney, and the filing date. The provision of this information will facilitate the search for an accurate criminal court record. These requirements include a fee, an application to access public records, and a valid photo I.D. Requesters who wish to make further inquiries about Clinton County criminal records can use the following contact information:

Clinton County Government Center
137 Margaret Street, First Floor
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 565-4700
Fax: (518) 565-4718

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What are Clinton County Vital Records?

Vital records in Clinton County are documents containing information about life events in the county. These vital records include marriage records, birth records, and death records in the county. Interested parties in copies of Clinton County vital records must contact the city or town clerk where the event took place. The clerk offices are listed below:

Town of Altona
P.O. Box 79
Altona, NY 12910
Phone: (518) 236-7035

Town of Ausable
111 Ausable Street
Keeseville, NY 12944
Phone: (518) 834-9035

Town of Beekmantown
571 Spellman Road
West Chazy, NY 12992
Phone: (518) 563-4650

Town of Black Brook
P.O. Box 715
Ausable Forks, NY 12912
Phone: (518) 647-5411

Town of Champlain
P.O. Box 3144
Champlain, NY 12919
Phone: (518) 298-8160 Ext. 203

Town of Chazy
P.O. Box 217
Chazy, NY 12921
Phone: (518) 846-7544

Town of Clinton
Churubusco, NY 12923
Phone: (518) 497-6133

Town of Dannemora
P.O. Box 658
Dannemora, NY 12929
Phone: (518) 492-7541

Town of Ellenburg
P.O. Box 22
Ellenburg Center, NY 12934
Phone: (518) 594-7340

Town of Mooers
P.O. Box 242
Mooers, NY 12958
Phone: (518) 236-7927

Town of Peru
P.O. Box 596
Peru, NY 12972
Phone: (518) 643-2745

City of Plattsburgh
41 City Hall Place
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 563-7702

Town of Plattsburgh
151 Banker Road
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 562-6800

Town of Saranac
P.O. Box 147
Saranac, NY 12981
Phone: (518) 293-6666

Town of Schuyler Falls
P.O. Box 99
Morrisonville, NY 12962
Phone: (518) 563-1129

Where and How to Obtain Clinton County Divorce Records

Divorce records are only accessible to the couple or attorneys involved in the case at the clerk’s office. Requesters who choose to send a written request must describe the divorce record with information, such as filing date, divorcees’ names, and the divorce decree date. Furthermore, the requester must attach a valid photo I.D. and payment in the form of a check or money order and enclose the documents in a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Send the application packet via U.S. mail to the Clinton County clerk’s office:

Clinton County Government Center
137 Margaret Street, First Floor
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 565-4700
Fax: (518) 565-4718

Where and How to Get Public Clinton County Marriage Records

Clinton County marriage records are located in the town or the city within the county that the marriage was performed. Interested parties who want to obtain copies of these records may do so by contacting the clerk of the relevant city or town to inquire about the specific local requirements for accessing these marriage records. Although conditions vary for each county, these requirements typically include paying a stipulated fee and providing a valid government-issued photo I.D. Some towns and cities might also require submitting a written application before obtaining copies of the requested marriage records.

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Clinton County

Marriage records in Clinton County are publicly accessible and not considered confidential records. Parties can retrieve marriage records from the town or city the marriage took place by contacting the appropriate town or city clerk.

Where and How to Find Clinton County Birth Records

Clinton County birth records are kept in the specific town and city where the birth happened. As such, interested parties that wish to obtain copies of these records should contact the registrant’s city or town of birth to inquire about their local requirements for accessing birth records. While these requirements may vary, they typically involve paying a fee, presenting a valid government-issued photo I.D., and submitting a written application for a birth record.

Where and How to Find Clinton County Death Records

Interested parties who seek to obtain copies of Clinton County death records should visit the specific town or city clerk in the county where the death occurred. This is to inquire about the town or city’s conditions for obtaining these death records. Although these conditions differ in each town or city, they typically include paying a fee, providing a valid state-issued photo I.D., submitting an application form requesting the desired death record and proof of relationship to the deceased.