Like in the rest of the country, most arrests are made through the use of a court order for detention in Nevada County, CA as well. Unless a law enforcement official bore witness to a criminal incident (in which case he/she has the authority to arrest the perpetrator on the spot without an arrest warrant), in most cases that call for an investigation, a warrant for arrest is a legal mandate.
As per the statute of limitations, the local Sheriff’s Department files a request with the criminal court for the issuance of a warrant after submitting a writ detailing the crime, information about the criminal and the evidence collected pertaining to the matter. After carefully considering the police petition, the sitting judge issues an active arrest warrant to the law enforcement agency or overturns their application in case of insufficient evidence.
An order for arrest in felony related cases never goes out of effect; however, if the individual against whom it has been issued is not arrested for any odd reason, the document is then filed in the national database as an outstanding warrant.
In case of a legal transgression; however, minor, the officer on the scene will usually run the name of the person in question through this database. If an active or outstanding warrant is out against the individual, he/she will be arrested even if the arrest order is several years old and issued by a county that he/she does not reside in any more.
To find out if the Nevada county judiciary has issued an arrest warrant against a person you know, contact the Sherriff’s Department by visiting their office at 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City, California 95959. It is also possible to speak to a person from the records department over the phone by dialing 530-265-1471. However, it is highly unlikely that you will be offered arrest record related information over the phone. It is also possible to conduct an online warrant search by filing the form above.
In the decade that started in the year 1999 and ended in 2008, an estimated 12,000 crimes took place in Nevada County, California which comes down to about 1200 annual criminal cases. Of these, the majority were robbery and theft related including instances of carjacking.
In most of the criminal incidents, the victim is no more than a mile away from his home or office when the crime takes places. Also, the daily criminal rate stands at 4 incidents in every 24 hours. In the decade mentioned above, the rate of crime has almost doubled which is a truly worrisome trend.