Arrest Warrant

Confused about arrest warrants? Learn more about them here!

An arrest warrant is a document issued by a judge of a valid jurisdiction to apprehend a person for a crime committed. In the United States of America, a person can only be arrested by a police officer if he has a valid arrest warrant or probable cause.

 

How to do a warrant search?

Arrest warrants are public records in many states and free arrest warrant search is permissible in certain counties. There are also a few third-party websites that allow a warrant search through their “online warrant search tools”. You can also check with the county sheriff’s office for active warrants. To check the arrest warrant of any person, you will need to have their full name, city and state of residence or work and age.

What Information can I get from an arrest warrant?

Warrant information will include details of the offense committed, description of the offense, time and date when the offense was committed, category of the offense like traffic violation, misdemeanor or felony, information on any fines levied on the accused, details on any conviction or sentencing done, data pertaining to any cases disposed relating to the subject and probation information if applicable.

 

If you need more details, then you can visit sites that provide in-depth search results for a slightly higher fee.

 

How is the warrant round up related to the warrant list?

A warrant list is maintained by sheriff’s office of every county and it has information on all active and outstanding warrants. Some counties provide this information on their websites as well. The information available in a warrant list includes the name of the person against whom the warrant has been issued, the date when it was issued, the status of the warrant and the department that filed the request for the warrant.

 

A warrant round up is a procedure through which the county collects pending payments from people through outstanding warrants. Some counties designate a specific day in a month or in a quarter to initiate the warrant round up. During this time, the warrant list is used to catch people who haven’t paid their tickets/fines and/or have outstanding warrants against them.

 

Some counties/states have open court days when people can go and talk to the judge and discuss the charges against them and the fines levied for the same. The judge may take note of the financial situation of the person and decide upon the charges and fine accordingly. If the person is unable to pay due to extreme financial hardships, he may provide other options to make the payment or ascertain community service hours in lieu of the amount to be paid.

 

Those who do not visit the court on purpose lose the opportunity to talk to the judge and are then liable to be arrested in any public place, in their office or in their home.

 

Why should I look up arrest warrants against me?

There are many reasons why an arrest warrant may be issued against you like a missed court date or forgotten payments of traffic tickets. This may or may not be deliberate on your part as it’s very common for mail to get lost and a court date to be missed because of it. However, that won’t be considered a good enough excuse when you end up with an arrest or bench warrant. So, it’s better to do a warrant inquiry and check your arrest warrant status occasionally to look for outstanding warrants.

 

Sometimes people move from one state to another for work or personal reasons. If they have outstanding warrants against them, they may end up in the most wanted list because the police cannot trace them. Mostly, people who feature in this list are repeat offenders with yearly appraised crime record. But many times, unsuspecting individuals also end up on this list for careless reasons. The amazing part is that some law-abiding citizens have made it to this list and had no clue about it.

 

What is a bench warrant?

For those of you who don’t know what a bench warrant is, think of it as the best way for a court to ensure you don’t miss any more hearings. A bench warrant is hence also called a “failed to appear” warrant.

 

Who does a warrant check?

Mostly, a warrant check is done during a background check by employers, landlords and law enforcement agencies. It’s also become a trend for people to have the criminal records of their new love interest or boyfriend scrutinized.

 

Where is the warrant division located?

There is a warrant division at sheriff’s office of every county. This is the branch of the local law enforcement agency that receives, processes and distributes all the warrants for that specific area. Needless to say, this office is also responsible for maintaining the warrant database of the county.

 

The data is maintained, updated and recorded at the county level and later gets merged in the state and central databases. The central database has a record of all the arrest warrants against a person issued across the country.

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