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Butler County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

Crime statistics for Butler County comes from the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) of the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS). Its most recent report shows that Butler County recorded 845 violent crimes and 10,517 property crimes. Compared to 2013 figures, these represent a 39.4% decline in violent crime rate and a 23% dip in property crime rate.

A breakdown of the 2017 crime data for the county reveals that law enforcement agencies recorded 11 murders, 188 rapes, 253 robberies, and 393 aggravated assaults. Reported incidences of property crimes include 2,063 burglaries, 8,150 larcenies, 304 motor vehicle thefts, and 53 arsons. The five-year crime trend for Butler County shows that murder (22.2%) and rape (36.2%) were the only crimes to record higher incidences in 2017 compared to 2013. On the other hand, robbery and aggravated assault rates declined by 26% and 56.6% respectively. Butler County also recorded 32.6% fewer burglaries in 2017 while larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson rates went down by 20%, 25.1%, and 44.2% respectively.

Criminal Records

The Central Records Unit of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office provides local criminal history records and can help citizens order statewide and nationwide background checks too. Visit the Records Unit to request for these criminal justice records. Its office is at:

Operational Headquarters and Correctional Center
705 Hanover Street
Hamilton, OH 45011

Its contact phone number is (513) 785-1030. This Unit provides local background checks from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. while state and national criminal history checks are available from Monday to Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Those requesting local background checks will receive records of arrests at the Butler County Jail.

State background checks are provided by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation while the FBI provides national background checks. The Sheriff’s Office requests these fingerprint-based criminal history searches on behalf of requesters via electronic WebCheck.

The fee for a local background check is $4. A state criminal history report costs $30 while an FBI criminal background check costs $35. Those ordering state and national background checkspay a reduced totalof $55. All fees are payable only in cash. Requesters have to complete the Background Check Personal Information Release form for local criminal history records and the WebCheck Fingerprint Form for state and national background checks.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office provides a handy webform for requesting incident reports. Fill out the Request An Incident Report webform and await an email response from the Sheriff’s Office. If you do not receive an email response, send your record request to the Sheriff’s Office by mail at the address provided above. The Butler County Sheriff also provides accident reports to requesters free of charge. You can access these records online by visiting LexisNexis website.

In Ohio, the Office of the Attorney General maintains a database of registered sex offenders living in the state. It also makes this database available to the public online. Use the search tool provided by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office to search the Ohio Sex Offender Registry for offenders living in the county. The Sheriff’s Offender Search page allows the public to search the registry by name, email address, and phone number as well as street address and zip code.

The Butler County Jail is the correctional facility in the county. Run by the Corrections Section of the Sheriff’s Office, it is located at the Operational Headquarters and Correctional Center on 705 Hanover Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011. Call (513) 785-1345 to contact the county jail. Use the Jail Roster provided by the Sheriff’s Office to find individuals incarcerated in this facility.

To send money to an inmate in the Butler County Jail, use the AccessCorrections kiosk located in the jail lobby. This location accepts cash as well as MasterCard and VISA debit/credit cards. You can also fund an inmate’s account with MasterCard and VISA cards on AccessCorrections.com or by calling the service at (866) 345-1884.

Court Records

The highest trial court in Butler County is the Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals. Its jurisdiction extends beyond Butler County and encompasses seven other counties. The address and contact details of this court are:

1001 Reinartz Blvd.
Middletown, OH 45042
Phone: (513) 425-6609
Toll: (800) 824-1883 (Ohio only)
Fax: (513) 425-8751

The Court of Common Pleas hears most trial cases in Butler County. It has a General and Domestic Relations Division as well as a Probate Court, a Drug Court, and a Juvenile Court. There are also three County Courts, three Municipal Courts, and three Mayor’s Court in Butler County. Below are the addresses and contact information of these courts:

Butler County Domestic Relations Court
315 High Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 887-3100

Butler County Drug Court
315 High Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 785-5721

Butler County Juvenile Court
280 North Fair Avenue
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 887-3318

Butler County Probate Division
101 High Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 887-3294

Butler County Area 1 Court
118 W. High Street
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: (513) 523-4748

Butler County Area 2 Court
101 High Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 887-3459

Butler County Area 3 Court
9577 Beckett Road, Suite 300
West Chester, OH 45069
Phone: (513) 867-5070

Fairfield Municipal Court
4951 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014
Phone: (513) 867-5330

Hamilton Municipal Court
345 High Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 785-7300

Middletown Municipal Court
1 City Centre Plaza
Middletown, OH 45042
Phone: (513) 425-7822

Monroe Mayor's Court
City of Monroe Urban Center
233 S Main St,
Monroe, OH 45050
Phone: (513) 539-6201
Fax: (513) 360-2218

Seven Mile Mayor's Court
P.O. Box 259
Seven Mile, OH 45062
Phone: (513) 726-5565

Trenton Mayor's Court
11 E State St,
Trenton, OH 45067
Phone: (513) 428-0101
Fax: (513) 988-5777

The Butler County Clerk of Courts maintains the records of the Common Pleas Court's General Division, Domestic Relations Division, and the 12th District Court of Appeals. You can access these records online from the CourtView portal on the website of the Clerk’s Office. This electronic access only has records from 1988 to the present. For older records, submit a request to the Butler County Records Center by calling (513) 887-3437 or sending an e-mail to records@bcOH.us.

To request copies of court records maintained by the Clerk of Courts, contact the Legal Division of the Clerk’s Office by sending an email request to clerkmail@butlercountyohio.org or a fax request to (513) 887-3966. You can also make this request in person or by mail sent to:

Butler County Clerk of Courts
315 High Street, 5th Floor
Hamilton, OH 45011

This office opens to the public from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Clerk of Courts charges 10 cents per page for plain copies of court records and $2 per page for certified copies. There is an additional fee of $6 per document for authentication or exemplification of requested copies. Payments accepted in cash, check, and credit card (except VISA).

To obtain the records of the other courts in Butler County, contact them by visiting or calling.

The Butler County Auditor maintains all property records for the county. To search for these real estate records, follow the search links provided on Property Record Search page of the county’s website.

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

Vital Records

The Domestic Relations Division of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas issues divorce records. To obtain a copy of your divorce judgement, contact the Clerk of Courts. Follow the procedures required for obtaining copies of court records by visiting or sending a mail request to the Butler County Clerk of Courts at the address above. You may also email the Clerk’s Office at clerkmail@butlercountyohio.org or call its Legal Division at (513) 887-3278. Copy fees as outlined above also applies for divorce records.

The Probate Court maintains marriage license records from January 1, 2011 to the present. If your marriage license was issued during this period, you can obtain copies of it at:

Butler County Probate Court
Butler County Historical Courthouse
101 High Street, Second Floor
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 887-3300

For older marriage licenses (1803 - 2010), request a copy at:

Butler County Records Center
123 North Third Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 887-3437

The Butler County General Health District maintains birth and death records from 1909 to the present. It can also issue birth and death certificates for all municipalities in the county except for deaths that occurred in the cities of Hamilton and Middletown.

To request for a birth or death certificate from Butler County General Health District, download and complete an Application for Certified Copies. Bring or mail this to:

Butler County General Health District
301 South Third Street (corner of Third and Ludlow)
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 863-1770

The fee for each birth or death certificate is $25. Cash is accepted for walk-in requests but mail requests must include certified checks or money orders.

For death certificates for the cities of Middletown and Hamilton, contact:

Hamilton City Health Department
One Renaissance Center
345 High Street, Suite 330
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 785-7080

Middletown City Health Department
One Donham Plaza
Middletown, OH 45042
Phone: (513) 425-7851

Are Property Records Open to the Public in Butler County?

In compliance with the Ohio Open Records Law, Butler County property records are considered public. These records are available to all interested persons who submit official requests to the record custodian.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Butler County?

Property records are obtainable from the Butler County Auditor's Office at 5 cents per page. Requestors may visit the Auditor's Office in person or complete the Public Records Request Form on the last page of the Auditor's Public Records Policy document. In-person requests should be made on Mondays through Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Interested persons are advised to provide all available details on the form before submission. An ambiguous or overly broad request may be denied until the requestor simplifies the application. Emailed documents may be received free of charge, if available. Residents may contact the office using the following information:

Butler County Auditor
130 High Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 887-3154

Interested persons may also contact the Butler County Recorder's Office. The Recorder's Office maintains property records such as deeds, mortgage records, lease documents, and other related records. Copies cost $2 per page and $1 per certified document. If printed off a computer, documents cost 15 cents. Each mail request should be sent with a written application, a check payable to the Butler County Recorder, and a self-addressed and stamped envelope. In-person requestors may pay with credit cards. However, parties should note that credit cards have a 2.35% convenience fee for a minimum payment of $1.95. Mail and in-person requests are processed at:

Butler County Recorder
Administration Building
130 High Street
2nd Floor
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 887-3192
Fax: (513) 887-3198

How to Look Up Butler County Property Records

The Butler County Auditor's Office allows persons to access records online through a Property Record Search. Users may search by owner, address, and parcel ID. The Auditor's Office also provides a map and sales search, depending on the information available to the requestor. An advanced search is also available, with more criteria such as bathrooms, bedrooms, land acreage, neighborhood, tax year, and taxing district.

Online property records are also obtainable from the Butler County Treasurer's Office. The Treasurer's repository is searchable by street address or parcel number. Users may also create accounts for easy access to parcel information if one owner has more than one parcel.

Location of Butler County Property Assessors

Butler County Auditor
130 High Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 887-3154