Suffolk County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Criminal Statistics

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services publishes statutorily required annual crime index reports as part of the nationwide Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Crime rates in Suffolk county spiked in 2014 when 26,121 index crime offenses were reported. A close look at the data revealed property crimes to be the most popular crime subset with 18,003 reported incidents. Incidences of larceny-theft and burglary were the most reported offenses with 15,831 and 1,209 reports respectively. Motor vehicle theft, followed behind with 963 reported incidents, while aggravated-assault was reported to be the fourth-most recurring offense with 859 reported incidents. Incidents of robbery and rape declined by over 20% to 423 and 79 incidents respectively, while murder remained the least reported offense with 21 reports in the 12-month span.

Criminal Records

The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office is the main law enforcement agency of the county and the primary generator of crime-related records. However, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services is the central repository of criminal history information, and as such is better suited for responding to requests for criminal records and statewide background checks. Essentially, all Suffolk county requests for criminal records may be directed to the state Division.

How to Get Criminal Records

In compliance with New York state laws, criminal records are exclusively issued to individuals (the subject of the record), legally authorized persons, prospective employers, and licensing agencies. Interested and eligible persons may request one of the two kinds of criminal records checks processed by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services; personal record check and employer/licensing entities' check.

Interested persons may request personal record reviews, which consists of the rap sheet of the requestor. To request a review, the requesting party will be required to contact and schedule a fingerprinting appointment with any of the Fingerprinting Vendors authorized by the DCJS. This service costs $63.50, and subsequent to the appointment, the requestor can expect to receive the requested records within 7 days of the query.

On the other hand, employers and licensing agencies may obtain criminal records making mail or in-person queries to the office using the Request for Criminal History Record Information form. The form should be completed, notarized and accompanied by the fees indicated on the form, and sent to:

Office of Legal Services
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 South Swan St.
Albany, New York 12210

How to Find Sex Offender Information

The New York State Sex Offender Registry houses all public information regarding sex offenders resident in Suffolk county. Interested persons may view offender location, compliance status, and conviction history by searching the registry using the first or last name of the offender, their proximity to specific locations or their Sex Offender Registration Number. Suffolk County residents may also opt to receive free sex offender related email alerts by subscribing to the NY Alert System.

Where and How to Get Inmate and Jail Information

The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office is charged with managing the County Correctional Facility and disseminating information regarding the facility and all detainees.

General jail-related information such as inmate welfare, contact information, phone services, and miscellaneous details may be obtained on the Sheriff's Jail Information Page. However, specific inmate information including details of the detainees' charges, bond conditions, and prospective release dates may only be obtained by querying the detention center via phone or in person at:

Suffolk County Correctional Facility
110 Center Drive South
Riverhead, NY 11901

Court Records

Where and How to Get Court Records

Records of all court cases heard by the Suffolk County Supreme Court is maintained and disseminated by the office of the County Court Clerk. As per state laws, the office issues copies of non-confidential to interested members of the public, and record requests may be made via mail or in-person.

To request a record, the requesting party will be required to provide relevant information regarding the record of interest such as the name of the plaintiff, defendant or litigant, witness name, the case file number or the record, as well as the date on which the record was filed. Record requests may be made to:

Suffolk County Supreme Court
Hon. Alan D. Oshrin Supreme Court Building
1 Court Street,
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: (631) 852-2334
Fax: (631) 852-2340

Location of all Courts in County

Listed below are the addresses and contact information of all the courthouses in Suffolk County, New York:

Suffolk County Supreme Court
Hon. Alan D. Oshrin Supreme Court Building
1 Court Street,
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: (631) 852-2334
Fax: (631) 852-2340

Suffolk County Supreme Court
Cohalan Court Complex
400 Carleton Avenue, P.O. Box 9075,
Central Islip, NY 11722
Phone: (631) 853-5423
Fax: (631) 853-5385

Suffolk County Surrogate's Court

320 Center Drive,
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: (631) 852-1746
Fax: (631) 852-1777

Suffolk County 1st District Court- Civil
3105 Veterans Memorial Highway,
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Phone: (631) 854-9676
Fax: (631) 854-9681

Suffolk County 2nd District Court
30 East Hoffman Avenue,
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Phone: (631) 854-1121
Fax: (631) 854-1127

Suffolk County 3rd District Court
1850 New York Avenue,
Huntington Station, NY 11746
Phone: (631) 854-4545
Fax: (631) 854-4549

Suffolk County 4th District Court
North County Complex, Building 158
Veterans Memorial Highway,
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: (631) 853-5400
Fax: (631) 853-5951

Suffolk County 6th District Court
150 West Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
Phone: (631) 854-1440
Fax: (631) 854-1444

Amityville Justice Court
21 Ireland Place,
Amityville, NY 11701
Phone: (631) 691-3303
Fax: (631) 691-3304

Asharoken Village Court
1 Asharoken Avenue,
Northport, NY 11768
Phone: (631) 261-8677

Babylon Village Court
153 West Main Street,
Babylon, NY 11702
Phone: (631) 669-1771

Belle Terre Village Justice Court
55 Cliff Road,
Belle Terre, NY 11777
Phone: (631) 473-5105

Bellport Village Court
29 Bellport Lane,
Bellport, NY 11713
Phone: (631) 286-0327 e_xt. 22

Brightwaters Village Justice Court
40 Seneca Drive,
P.O. Box 601,
Brightwaters, NY 11718
Phone: (631) 665-1281
Fax: (631) 665-28_30

East Hampton Justice Court
159 Pantigo Road,
East Hampton, NY 11937
Phone: (631) 324-4134
Fax: (631) 324-4132

Vital Records

New York State vital records are generally maintained and issued by the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the city where the event occurred. Suffolk County vital records can be obtained from various city Registrars within the county. Alternatively, vital records may be accessed from the New York State Department of Health which serves as the central repository of records of vital events that took place in the State of New York.

Where and How to Get Divorce Records

Records of divorces granted by the Suffolk County Supreme Court are maintained and disseminated by the office of the County Court Clerk. Interested persons may request these records via mail or in-person. To request a certified copy of a divorce record, the requesting party will be required to provide information such as the names of the spouses, the case file number or the record as well as the date and place of the divorce. Record requests may be made to:

Suffolk County Supreme Court
Hon. Alan D. Oshrin Supreme Court Building
1 Court Street,
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: (631) 852-2334
Fax: (631) 852-2340

Where and How to Get Marriage Records, Birth Records and Death Records

All requests for Suffolk marriage records, birth records, and death records may be directed to the New York State Department of Health. In compliance with state laws, the Department only issues copies of these records to persons who have been deemed eligible -- this includes, the subject of the record, their immediate family members and other legally authorized persons.

To request any of these records, interested and eligible persons may complete and submit an Application for a Marriage Certificate, Application for Copy of a Birth Certificate or the Application for a Copy of a Death Certificate. form in person or via mail. The completed form should be notarized, accompanied by the stated fees and ID requirements and submitted to:

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602