Amador County has online public access to case records through its website, which is very helpful when performing a warrant search. Cases are available online beginning with cases filed in 2002 and are searchable by name, citation number, date of birth or case number. Go to the county website homepage at http://www.co.amador.ca.us/home for further investigation. The Amador County Superior Court handles criminal cases for the county. For more information on the process for criminal cases, read the criminal division overview of Amador County
Information about arrests, inmates, crimes and missing persons can be found on the Amador County Sheriff's Office website. You can also request a criminal history report, arrest records and other public records from the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office is responsible for serving and executing outstanding warrants once a judge has issued the arrest warrant based on probable cause.
What is probable cause in relation to an arrest warrant?
Probable cause plays an important role in the issuance of an arrest warrant in California. A criminal complaint is brought before a magistrate with the request for him to issue an arrest warrant. The judge may take sworn testimony or review sworn affidavits to determine probable cause. If, after hearing all of the alleged facts the judge finds a reasonable person would believe that the suspect in question committed the crime, then the judge has found probable cause. He may then issue an arrest warrant for the suspect and direct local law enforcement officers to apprehend and detain the defendant until he is brought before the judge.
Service of arrest warrants
California felony arrest warrants may be served any time during the day or night. However, misdemeanor arrest warrants have restrictions on service. Unless the arrest is made in public, the person being arrested is already in custody or the judge directs otherwise, misdemeanor warrants may only be served between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm. After arrest, the suspect must be brought before a magistrate within 48 hours except on Sundays and holidays.
Amador County's crime data
Amador County is the 46th most populated county in California with approximately 38,238 residents. Crime rates within the county fluctuated from a low of just under 400 crimes in 2001 to a high of over 1,200 crimes by the end of 2008. This accounts for the sharp increase in crimes during the period when you view the percentages (overall crime increased over 66% and violent crimes increased by almost 75%).