Only the Porter County, IN criminal court will issue an arrest warrant that legally authorizes the police to detain a person. An arrest made under the provisions of a warrant is different from when a person is called in for questioning.
When taken in for routine investigation, the individual in question cannot be detained; he/she is free to leave at his own discretion. However, once an arrest is made through the use of an active arrest warrant, the arrestee has to be presented in court at the earliest for a bail hearing and he/she can only walk free once the bail has been paid.
For the issuance of an arrest warrant, the cops appeal to the local criminal court which considers all the facts in the matter before providing a signed arrest order, called an active arrest warrant, to the law enforcement agency. In case of felonies, the arrest order does not have a time limit on it; however for misdemeanor charges, the warrant does expire after a set time.
A warrant that is not immediately put to use, does not go out of effect; it is stored in the national criminal system as an outstanding arrest warrant which can also be used to take a person into custody.
For information on arrest records and warrants in Porter County, IN, you will need to approach the Sherriff's Department located at 2755 State Road 49, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383. The records clerk will be happy to offer the required information to you albeit you will have to visit them in person. Get in touch with the law enforcement agency to find out about the exact procedure by calling on 219-477-3000.
Another option is to visit the Sherriff's website for a warrant search at http://www.portercountysheriff.com/main/warrants.html. Finally, you can also access a countrywide database of arrest records by filling the form above.
The crime scenario in Porter, IN has deteriorated over the ten years starting in 1999; there has been a mammoth increase of nearly 70% in the number of violent crimes. The figure which was estimated to be at a mere 100 at the start of the decade has swelled to nearly 200 in the ten year period.
The annual crime rate of almost 3000 incidents stands testament to the worsening crime scene in Porter. Fortunately, most incident reports are lodged for robbery and theft related matters while serious felonies like murder and rape are considerably lower at 10 and 120 cases.