In Contra Costa County, California, for an arrest warrant to be issued, the court must have “probable cause,” which is a set of circumstances and facts that would persuade a reasonably intelligent and prudent person to come to the belief that a particular individual had committed a specific crime or at least reasonable grounds to make an accusation officially.
Once an arrest warrant is issued, the court officers may apprehend, with reasonable force, the individual named on the arrest warrant and compel him/her to appear before the court. In normal circumstances, after the arrest and before appearing before the court, the person is generally held in the jurisdiction’s jail.
A Contra Cost County fugitive is a person who has not been apprehended yet, but for whom an active warrant exists.
If you have an outstanding warrant for Contra Costa County, CA, or if you wish to conduct a warrant search for another person, you may want to know that the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office web site states that they do not provide warrant information to the public (http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/faq.aspx?TID=16). The site directs you to the court of jurisdiction or the local law enforcement agency.
You can also search or use the online criminal records database above.
However, the Contra Costa County Sherriff’s Office will provide information about all in-custody inmates by calling 925-646-4496, 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
In general, all Contra Costa County records are available to the public unless there is a statute that exempts them from disclosure. You can obtain public records from Contra Costa County by visiting the court at 651 Pine Street, Room 106, Martinez, CA 94553 or by calling the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors 925-335-1900. You may also visit their web site at http://www.contracosta.ca.gov/index.aspx?NID=2345.
The total number of reported crimes in Contra Costa County, California, was higher than 370,000 between 1999 and 2008. This averages to about 37,000 crimes reported each year, or one crime every fourteen minutes. Of these crimes, 265,000 are thefts, over 1,800 are rapes, and 600 are murders. In this same period, the rate of crime has risen by 16%, and violent crime climbed by 17%.