In Kern County California an arrest warrant is based upon some evidence presented to the court that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the subject individual has been involved in a violation of the law. The evidence presented is categorized as probable cause. Once the judge recognizes the probable cause and signs the warrant for arrest, the document becomes an active warrant.
The warrant remains active until a police agency arrests you, you appear in court, or bail is posted. If bail is posted for a future court date and the individual fails to appear, the court will most probably order the bail forfeited and issues a new arrest warrant.
There are two official sources in Kern County CA to conduct a warrant search or receive information on a case, such as arrest records. The first is the Kern County Sheriff’s Office located at 1350 Norris Road, Bakersfield, California 93308. You can reach the Arrest Records Department by visiting them in person Monday through Friday from 7am till 3pm, or go to their excellent web site at http://www.kernsheriff.com/Investigations/Records/Arrest/Pages/default.aspx.
There phone number is 661-868-5555, although they do not release outstanding warrant information over the phone.
The other official resource to conduct a search for arrest warrant information is the Superior Court of California County of Kern located at 1415 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93301. Specific information about warrants can be obtained by calling 661-868-5393 for felonies (option 4), or 661-868-7207 for misdemeanors from 8am until 4pm, Monday through Friday.
The Count of Kern, CA has a page on their site where you may go online and look for case information and court calendars at (http://www.co.kern.ca.us/court_case_info_cals.aspx#.UyVz5GePJqQ).
If you would like conduct an inmate search to see if someone is currently in custody in Kern County, you may search at http://www.kernsheriff.com/misc/inmatesearch/Pages/default.aspx.
You may also use the above search form to search through an online criminal records database for an alternate source of information.
Reports in Kern County, California between 1999 and 2008 resulted in over 260,000 incidents of crime, including almost 175,000 thefts, 1,300 rapes, and over 400 murders. This averages to about 26,000 reported crimes per year, or one crime every 19 minutes. Violent crime grew by an astonishing 74%, while the overall rate of crime grew by 60%.