You must have heard the legal term “arrest warrant” being used innumerable times whether you are watching an infomercial or a crime drama on TV. Now, although a lot of people believe that only hardened criminal need worry about the legalese, there have been several incidents when innocent people were taken into custody owing to an error.
So, it certainly would not hurt to find out about how these judicial orders work and if one can be or has already been issued against you. For information on the matter, you can contact the Howard County, Indiana Sherriff’s Office. However, if they discover a warrant against you in the system, you will find yourself in a precarious situation, as officers will take you into custody immediately.
All arrest orders including bench warrants, summons and even active arrest warrants are stored in a central database of the justice department and from here these records can be accessed by any police officer in the country.
Warrants in misdemeanor cases are not considered particularly serious and will not result in an out of county arrest. However, if the order was issued by a criminal court for felony related charges, any peace officer can arrest the person in question in any part of the country.
An active arrest warrant issued by a criminal court in Hancock County comes on the heels of a formal request made by the local police. The petition is filed in court with a sworn statement that details the probable cause, criminal incident and evidence.
Arrest warrants issued by the sitting magistrate of a criminal bench in Howard, Indiana never go out of effect and they can result in an arrest even after several years of their issuance. Till the person in whose name the arrest order is granted is apprehended, the document is stored in the national crime database as an outstanding warrant.
For warrant searches, contact the Sherriff’s office of Howard in 1800 W Markland, Kokomo, Indiana 46901. You can also speak to the records clerk at 765-457-1105. For an online warrant search, visit the http://www.howardcountyin.gov/justice-system/sheriffs-department/public-information/warrant-search or you can browse through a privately maintained database of arrest records by filling the form above.
Over thirty three thousand crimes took place in Howard in the ten years from 1999 to 2008; of which most were complaints about thefts and robberies at nearly 25000 cases. Rapes and murders were not very common with just about 200 and 40 reports filed.
In the decade mentioned, the crime rate of the county went up by almost 26%; the current annual rate of crime is around 3300 and on an average, 12 incidents reports are lodged everyday in the area.