Stanislaus County recorded 3,300 violent crimes and 16,789 property crimes in 2017. Compared to 2008 figures, these represent a 16.6% rise in violent crime rate and a 27.6% decline in property crime rate. Incidences of violent crimes in the county in 2017 include 41 homicides, 196 rapes, 905 robberies, and 2,158 aggravated assaults. In the same year, 2,774 burglaries, 3,234 motor vehicle thefts, 10,781 larceny thefts, and 127 arsons were reported.
The 10-year crime trend for Stanislaus County reveals that homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault rates rose by 32.3%, 39%, 11.7%, and 16.8% respectively. On the other hand, there were fewer incidences of burglary (50.9%), larceny theft (20.6%), motor vehicle theft (18.1%), and arson (64.1%) between 2008 and 2017.
The Records Division of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department provides public access to criminal justice reports such as incident/crime reports as well as criminal history checks. Visit this office at the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Operations Center located at 250 E. Hackett Road, Modesto, California. You can also contact them by calling (209) 525-7117. The Records Division opens to the public from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Bring along a valid form of identification. The Sheriff’s Department charges $5 per page for the first four pages of released reports. Additional pages attract a fee of $1 per page.
Sex offender information for Stanislaus County are available on the California Megan’s Law website. By state law, the Department of Justice and the Office of the Attorney General are responsible for maintaining information about registered sex offenders in all counties of the state. Search the California Sex Offender Registry by name, county, zip code, and street address.
The county jail in Stanislaus County is the Adult Detention Center located at 200 East Hackett Road, Modesto. It houses over 1,300 pre-trial, sentenced, and out-of-custody inmates in two facilities (Units I and II) at the same address. The Sheriff’s Department maintains Stanislaus County Adult Detention Center and provides a regularly updated jail roster on its website of individuals incarcerated in these facilities. For information about visitation and sending money to inmates, call the Detention Center at (209) 525-5630.
The Stanislaus County Superior Court makes up the judicial system in Stanislaus County. Its contact information are:
Superior Court of California, County of Stanislaus
800 11th Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: (209) 530-3100
The Superior Court has Civil, Criminal, Family Law, Probate, Juvenile, Traffic, and Small Claims Divisions. While the Civil Division occupies the 4th and 6th floors of the three-story building at 800 10th Street. The Juvenile Division is at 2215 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto and its phone number is (209) 525-4581 and (209) 525-4583. The Traffic Court is at 2260 Floyd Avenue, Modesto.
To look up case records for the court, visit its Online Case Index. Members of the public can also access and search Court Calendars. Request for court transcripts by calling court reporters at (209) 530-3105. To get copies of case files, call or visit the Division of the Stanislaus County Superior Court that heard the case.
The Assessor’s Office maintains property records for Stanislaus County. Search for these via the Assessor Public Inquiry page.
The Family Law Division of Superior Court of California, County of Stanislaus hears divorce cases. Records of divorce decrees are available from the Family Law Clerk’s Office located at 1100 I Street, Modesto. The office opens Monday through Friday between 8:15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Clerk’s Office at (209) 530-3100 between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
The Office of the County Clerk and Recorder issues certified copies of marriage, birth, and death certificates for Stanislaus County. To obtain any of these vital records, download, complete, and send an Application for Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificate to:
County Clerk-Recorder Divisions
P.O. Box 1670
Modesto, CA 95353
The County Clerk also accepts fax applications sent to (209) 525-5804. These application forms are also available in Spanish (Birth, Death, and Marriage). Include a check or money order covering record fee with your mail application. The fee for each certified birth certificate is $28 while the County Clerk charges $21 and $15 respectively for each certified copy of death and marriage certificates. Make check payable to Stanislaus County Clerk-Recorder.