Contrary to popular belief, an arrest warrant is not a legal mandate in all cases of detention. In fact, in Tippecanoe County, IN, a person can be taken into custody in six scenarios:
- An individual is stopped in the streets for routine questioning and is found to have illicit substances or illegal ammunition.
- A person is arrested from the scene of the crime right after it takes place.
- The suspect turns himself/herself and confesses to the crime.
- The crime is committed in front of a police officer.
- A law enforcement officer has reason to believe that an individual will commit a crime very soon.
- A warrant has been procured from the criminal court for the arrest of a person.
As you can see, a warrant is needed in only about 25% of the cases. Usually, these are matters where an investigation takes place before the suspect is detained.
A signed order for arrest issued by the local criminal court is known as an active arrest warrant, while a charge that is backlogged in the system is called an outstanding warrant. A person can be detained even years after a warrant has been issued in his/her name.
So, to find out if a person you know has a warrant out in his/her name, get in touch with the county Sherriff’s Office in Lafayette, 2640 Duncan Rd, Lafayette, Indiana 47904. You can also call them on 765-423-9388, but they will be less than keen on offering this information over the phone.
If you would instead do a warrant search from the comforts of your home, fill in the form above, and you will gain access to a national database of arrest records.
In terms of crime, Tippecanoe County, IN is in the middle of the state-wide scale, with some counties figuring higher and others lower. Over the ten year duration from 1999 to 2008, an estimated 40,000 cases were filed in the area of which nearly 4000 were lodged annually. The rate of violent crime is about 5% of the total crime figure, yet an incident is recorded every 2 hours in the area.
A closer look at the crime data reveals that theft and robbery instances are rampant, with a whopping average of almost 30,000 cases, while rape and murder are lower down the chain with 20 and 350 cases recorded. Over the decade, crime has gone up by nearly 50% in Tippecanoe.