It may be frightening to have an outstanding arrest warrant; however, finding out about the arrest warrant before you are arrested may be the best thing. Knowledge of the warrant in advance allows you the opportunity to try to mitigate matters. Below is information about arrest warrants and arrest records in Lake County and how you can access arrest records for yourself and for others.
Where to search for criminal records and arrest warrants in Lake County, CA
Try these government agencies for assistance with warrant searches and searching for criminal information:
- State of California Department of Justice - You have the right to request your criminal history but not that of another person. Request yours to check for mistakes or inaccurate information.
- Lake County Sheriff's Office – This is a wonderful online resource for a warrant search by name for outstanding warrants. There is also a list of Lake County warrants on the website.
- Lake County Most Wanted List – Ever want to know who is the most wanted in Lake County, check this list. You may also want to search for current inmates and see a list of recent arrests.
- Criminal case records – If a criminal case is pending or has been tried, you will need to contact (and probably visit in person) the Clerk of Court to obtain records and information. Try the Clerk of Superior Court for Lake County to search records of criminal cases tried in Lake County.
What is probable cause in relation to an arrest warrant?
As in most states, California law requires that probable cause exists before an arrest warrant is issued. After a judge hears a complaint alleging a crime has been committed, he must decide if probable cause exists to issue an arrest warrant. Probable cause is the belief, given the current facts presented, that a crime has been committed and the person being sought has committed that crime. The judge will direct the active warrant to a police officer or other law enforcement officer directing him to apprehend and detain the suspect until the suspect can be brought before a judge.
Lake County, CA crime statistics
Between 1999 and 2008, Lake County had about 14,000 crimes reported. The population at that time was almost 65,000 spread out over 49 cities within the county. Theft accounted for almost one-half of all crimes during that time but violent crime increased in Lake County over 70% while overall crime only increased by 58%.