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What Is a Warrant Look-up?

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What Is a Warrant Look-up?

An arrest warrant is an order signed by a judge authorizing an individual’s arrest for a specific criminal act. Unfortunately, many people do not know that an arrest warrant has been issued for them until they are arrested. However, there are ways to find out if there is a warrant out for a person’s arrest.

Do I Have a Warrant?

Many jurisdictions have an official “warrant look-up” website. The website is usually run by local law enforcement, which means it only has the information regarding that county or city. To find out if there is an arrest warrant, simply put in the requested information, such as the person’s name and their date of birth.

Should I Try Other Warrant Check Websites besides Government Websites?

Many commercial warrant check websites are available online, but they may not have up-to-date arrest warrant information. In contrast, police websites are updated every day with new outstanding warrants.

A warrant search from a third party commercial website collect information on arrest warrants. However, these websites pull data from many different sources. These different sources include county property records, vital statistics, and driving records. So the websites may have old, incomplete, or no information regarding arrest warrants.

Can I Use One Police Website to Check Every State?

No, most law enforcement websites are limited to its jurisdiction. For example, a Floridian cannot check a Butler County, Ohio police website for any warrants in Florida. They would have to check in the county where they believe the warrant is listed.

Can an Attorney Help Me with a Warrant Search?

Yes, a criminal attorney can help you determine if you have a warrant. An attorney will look up the information for you. They will also advise you on the legal options you have to resolve the warrant.

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Last Modified: 06-11-2015 07:17 AM PDT

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