DRIVERS LICENSE TESTING
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Driver's License testing is not being administered at our office. Anyone wishing to take their test, or anyone with questions about testing, should call the Arkansas State Police at 870-741-3455. We expect this to be temporary and will update the public when we are back to normal!
HOW DO I GET A COPY OF A POLICE REPORT?
Incident Reports and Accident Reports: Police reports are usually ready within 5 to 10 business days. If you have any questions regarding a police report you can call 870-446-5124 during the hours of 08:00 am through 04:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Reports cost $10.00 each.
HOW DO I ADD INFORMATION TO MY POLICE REPORT?
Information can be added to your report by either contacting the original officer who took the report or the detective assigned to the case by calling the office at 870-446-5124.
CAN I FILE A POLICE REPORT ON-LINE?
No. A deputy must make contact with a person making a report. Some reports can be made over the telephone, if convenient, such as cases of phone harassment or scams. If you need to file a police report you should call the non-emergency number at 870-446-5124.
WHAT ARE WAYS TO PAY FOR AND/ OR OBTAIN A REPORT?
We accept credit/ debit card payment through www.ar.gov/newtonsheriff, you may come in to pay with cash or mail with a check or money order.
WHO DO I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS ON SUBPOENAS OR SUMMONS?
You may contact our office at 870-446-5124 during business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Fees for service of Summons are $50.00 per person.
WHO DO I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS ON WRITS OF EXECUTIONS?
You may contact our office at 870-446-5124 during business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
CAN YOU HELP ME GET MY PROPERTY BACK FROM MY OLD ROOMMATE, HUSBAND, OR WIFE?
This is considered a civil matter between you and your roommate, husband or wife. The Sheriff's Office cannot get involved in these matters unless we are directed to do so through a court order signed by a judge. All civil matters are handled through district or circuit courts. Please consult an attorney in these matters.
HOW DO I EVICT SOMEONE?
You must serve someone with a legal order of eviction, giving that person a minimum of 10 days to remove themselves and their possessions from the property. These notices must comply with Arkansas statutes. Please consult a private attorney in this matter. We recommend that a civil process server or Deputy Sheriff serve these papers for a fee.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RESTRAINING ORDER AND A PROTECTION ORDER AND WHICH ONE DO I NEED?
A protection order is an order issued through the court for persons who have had a domestic relationship (blood relation, intimate relationship, boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, etc.) A restraining order covers anything not described under the order of protection, above. You can call 870-446-5124 for an order of protection. You must hire a private attorney for a restraining order.
DOES NEWTON COUNTY HAVE AN ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE AND/OR LEASH LAW?
No. The unincorporated areas of the county currently do not have a leash law. _______________________________________________________________________
TRAFFIC CITATIONS AND WARRANTS
WHERE CAN I GET INFORMATION ABOUT MY TRAFFIC CITATION?
Information regarding court dates, the price of a ticket, questions regarding the amount of any fine or how to keep a ticket off of your driving record can be obtained by calling the Sheriff's Office at 870-446-5258 or the District Court where the ticket was assigned. The court's phone number will be on the ticket.
HOW DO I FIND OUT IF I HAVE A WARRANT?
You can come to the Sheriff's Office at anytime and speak with a deputy.
I HAVE A WARRANT FOR MY ARREST. WHAT CAN I DO?
Come and see us. We want to clear the warrant out of our system as badly as you want to get rid of it. We will work with you on payment, meaning we may take a partial payment on your warrant, serve it on you and give you a court date. We would rather do this than put you in jail. Just call us to make arrangements.
I NEED TO FIND OUT HOW MUCH A BOND IS ON A WARRANT, WHOM DO I CONTACT?
You can contact the Sheriff's Office at 870-446-5124.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF A SEX OFFENDER LIVES IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD?
Sex offenders who live in the unincorporated areas of the county are required by law to register with the Sheriff's Office. On certain levels of registered sex offenders, the Sheriff's Office will notify the residents in the neighborhood in which the sex offender lives. You can search and register for updates online by checking online at http://www.newtoncountysheriff.org. If you have any further questions you can contact Investigator Kevin Thomas at 870-446-5124 during the hours of 08:00 am through 4:00 pm, Monday through Wednesday.
Furthermore, if you think you have information about a sex offender that you think we should know, please call and let us know! We have a zero tolerance policy with our sex offenders.
I KNOW A PERSON WHO IS A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER AND THAT PERSON LIVES IN NEWTON COUNTY. WHY IS THAT PERSON NOT LISTED AS A SEX OFFENDER ON YOUR WEBSITE?
State law allows level two through four offenders to be listed on sites like ours. A level two can only be listed if the offender is over 18 years of age and the victim was under 14. This means no level ones and only certain level twos can be listed on our website. Also, a person, once convicted, goes through a state ordered assessment, which attempts to determine the offenders likelihood of re-offending. To answer your question more clearly, there are three reasons the person you know is not listed: (1) the person is a level one and can't be listed, (2) the person is a level two that can't be listed, or (3) the person was recently convicted and has not completed the state assessment that assigns them and offender level (assessments after conviction usually take approximately six months).
WHEN IS MY CHILD REQUIRED TO BE IN A CAR SEAT?
Arkansas laws require that a child under six (6) years of age or sixty (60) pounds shall be restrained in a child passenger safety seat properly secured to the vehicle. Any child over six (6) and under fifteen (15) years of age must be secured in a seatbelt.
HOW DO I FILE A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST?
FOI requests are handled by Administration at 870-446-5124 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
I NEED SOME INFORMATION ON SOMEONE WHO WAS IN JAIL BUT HAS BEEN RELEASED, WHO DO I NEED TO CONTACT?
Detainee records are handled by the Dispatch at this time and you can contact them at 870-446-5124. Please keep in mind this it the number to the dispatch center so be patient while they look up that information as it may take a little while.
HOW DO I GET A COPY OF MY DRIVING RECORD?
For questions regarding your driving record, contact Driver Control at 521-1431 or 1-800-662-8247.
HOW CAN I FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE?
You have to speak with the Sheriff or Chief Deputy at 870-446-5124 and they will take the information from you.
IS THERE A NOISE ORDINANCE?
No. The unincorporated areas of the county currently do not have a noise ordinance.
CAN THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE JUMP START MY CAR?
Yes, depending on the circumstances. Some deputies carry their own jumper cables and some don't. If you have your own cables we will help.
WHAT JOB OPPORTUNITIES ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE?
When job opportunities arise, they are published in the Newton County Times. If you apply for a job, your application is valid for 1 year. You must re-apply if you have not been called for an interview within that time frame.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO TAG OR INSURE MY VEHICLE?
You have 30 days to tag your vehicle. Your vehicle should be insured immediately after purchase to abide with Arkansas State Laws. If you have further questions regarding your insurance you should contact your insurance company.
CAN I GO ON A POLICE RIDE-A-LONG?
The Newton County Sheriff's Office does not have a ride-along program.
CAN THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE HELP ME GET TO WORK IN THE ICE AND SNOW?
During periods of ice and snow we can only transport those persons who work in the medical field or at area nursing homes (doctors, nurses, nurse's assistants, etc). This service is very limited because of the amount of accidents we typically have during these times. Please call 870-446-5124 for a ride during times of inclement weather.
MY NEIGHBOR'S DOGS BARK ALL NIGHT. WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Typically if you report that your neighbor's dog keeps you awake all night we will attempt to make a courtesy contact with the neighbor and ask him to help with the situation. Please keep in mind that there is no law against the dog barking all night. Hopefully your neighbor is courteous and willing to work with us to alleviate the situation. .
I HAVE INFORMATION THAT I WANT TO PASS ALONG BUT I DON'T WANT TO USE MY NAME. WHAT NOW?
E-mail us using the link on our home page or call our tip line listed next to the home page. Rest assured that we will not try to contact you back or trace your number or address. Thank you in advance for any information.