The police are by no means the only justice agency that keeps records on active warrants from Scott County, Indiana. Several other state departments get access to all information pertaining to a criminal matter. While it is understandable how the court would be involved in a case, it is hard for people to imagine why the county clerk's department would have information on arrest warrants.
Once the investigation is concluded in a criminal case and if no arrests have been made from the scene of the crime, the police are obligated to contact the Scott County magistrate's court for an active warrant. While legally, warrants are defined as judicial orders, they are never issued by the tribunal of its own accord.
In fact, an affidavit from the sheriff's department is a must to get the warrant issue procedure started. Although the cops are required to present all the details pertaining to the crime and the culpability of the alleged offender before the court, the magistrate has the responsibility to ensure that there is probable cause in the case.
Once an order for detention is signed, it goes into effect and is quickly handed over to the police. If for some reason, the accused cannot be nabbed within a reasonable period after the issue of the decree, the active order turns into an outstanding warrant and it is then stored in national FBI database along with the repositories hosted by local law agencies.
For this reason, a warrant search in Scott County can be started by going to any of the agency offices listed in this article.
- Department of the sheriff: 111 South First Street, Scottsburg, Indiana 47170
- Magistrate's court: 252 E McClain St, Scottsburg, IN 47170
- Department of the County Clerk: 1 E Miclain St, Scottsburg, Indiana 47170
With nearly 500 incidents of crime being reported on an annual basis, Scott County, IN falls in the middle of the crime spectrum for the state. From 2001, to 2008 nearly 4000 criminal complaints were filed in the area of which less than 10% were violent acts. Also, through this period, violent crime grew by over 50% while reported crime clocked in a growth of almost 30%.