Records

The Lake County Sheriff's Office Records Division is responsible for the retention and release of Criminal Justice records information to the public and other law enforcement agencies. The Records Division only releases records maintained by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Jail. All records are released in accordance with Federal and State statutes, Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act(CCJRA) and Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) if applicable.

Business Hours are normally:

Monday – Friday                 

8:00 am to 12:00 pm              

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

We are closed weekends and most federal holidays.

WHEN WILL MY REPORT BE AVAILABLE?

Prior to submitting a records request, please wait at least 10 business days from the date of the incident to allow sufficient time for submission, review, corrections, and approval.

Records are not released immediately upon request and will be processed in a “reasonable time”, usually within 3 to 7 business days.  All requests are processed in the order they are received, such period may be extended based upon several factors, such as; in-depth or large request, broadly stated request, or the case is an active and on-going investigation.  You will be notified if extenuating circumstances exist.

 

Juvenile, sex assault, and major case crimes (homicide) will not be released without proper authorization and/or completion of the investigation or judicial proceeding in Colorado Court.

REQUEST A COPY OF A REPORT:

To request a copy of a report you must submit a written request by:

Downloading our Sheriff’s Office Records Request Form, or

Show up in person and complete the form.

Include a copy of government issued photo identification.

*Please note: Law Enforcement Agencies and Criminal Justice Agencies do not have to pay for backgrounds or reports; but are still required to submit an official request on our form or Department letterhead (please include agency ORI # on your request) and may receive requested information via fax or email.

REQUESTS SUBMITTED:

IN PERSON:  Requester will need to submit a records request form during normal business hours. You will need to provide a government issued photo I.D. and pay the applicable fees, any additional fees must be paid in full before the records will be released.

If extenuating circumstances exist (active on-going investigation, or the request was submitted prior to the 10 days processing period (submission, review and approval) you may be notified and required to resubmit your request after 10 business days from date of incident or after the case investigation is completed.

We will not process any requests unless we have a completed signed request form, photo identification (if applicable) and payment of the appropriate fee or deposit.

BY MAIL: Please contact our office at (719) 486-1249 or (719) 486-4191 prior to mailing your request, so we can determine the estimated cost of your report.  We will contact the requester if additional information is needed and/or if fees are required. If you request to have your record mailed, postage and mailing fees may apply.

RELEASE OF INFORMATION:

Please keep in mind information given over the telephone is very limited; discretion is used regarding what information can be provided.  All reports will be screened for confidential, non-releasable information and may have areas redacted prior to being released.

As with all reports released under the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act (CCJRA), identifying information on Juveniles, Sex Assault incidents and victims, and other confidential information will be redacted.

FEES:

Most reports fall within the fees listed on the records fees schedule.

Fees must be paid in full before the records will be released, unless alternative arrangements have been made.

People who are listed in the report as a victim of Domestic Violence, Sexual Offenses, Kidnapping, Assault, First Degree Burglary and Child Abuse are eligible to receive the initial report with supplemental reports (without charge). This does not include statements, digital media, or other elements of the investigation. Please see [C.R.S 24-4.1-302(1)] to view the list of other applicable crimes.

Please note traffic accidents do not have “victims of crime”; therefore, all involved parties must pay to receive a copy of an accident report; with the exception to Careless Driving and Failure to Stop at the scene of an accident resulting in a death or serious bodily injury of another person. 

EVIDENCE AND VEHICLE RETURNS:

An appointment with the evidence custodian is required to pick up evidence, property, or impounded vehicles (towing and storage fees may apply for impounded vehicles).  All property released must have preapproval from the investigating Deputy, or be authorized by the District Attorney. To schedule an appointment please call 719-486-1249 and ask for the evidence technician.

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