In Kern County, California, an arrest warrant is based upon the evidence presented to the court that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the subject individual has been involved in violating the law. The evidence presented is categorized as probable cause. Once the judge recognizes the possible cause and signs the warrant for arrest, the document becomes an active warrant.
The warrant remains active until a police agency arrests you, appears 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 7 am till 3 pm or go to their excellent website http://www.kernsheriff.com/Investigations/Records/Arrest/Pages/default.aspx.
Their phone number is 661-868-5555, although they do not release outstanding warrant information over the phone.
The other official resource to search for arrest warrant information is the Superior Court of California County of Kern, located at 1415 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93301. Specific details on warrants can be obtained by calling 661-868-5393 for felonies (option 4) or 661-868-7207 for misdemeanors from 8 am until 4 pm, 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 (https://www.co.kern.ca.us/court_case_info_cals.aspx#.UyVz5GePJqQ).
If you would like to conduct an inmate search to see if someone is currently in custody in Kern County, you may search 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.
Is there any way to find information on Kern County arrests, warrants and criminal history over the phone? (Current in 2021)
- Initiate a warrant search by calling the local courthouse; dial (661) 868-5393- option 4 for felonies, (661)-868-7207 for misdemeanors, and (661)868-2382 for traffic.
- Reach the Sheriff’s Department for general inquires and to file a complaint by using their non-emergency number- (661) 861-3110.
- Know about recent arrests by calling the Central Receiving Facility at (661) 868-6850 or the Detentions Bureau at (661) 391-7500.
- Find out about a current inmate and/or bail requirements by calling the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility at (661) 391-7900 or the Lerdo Minimum Facility at (661) 391-7802.
- Learn more about accessing arrest records by calling the Records Section at (661) 391-7624 and for information about accessing crime reports, call them at (661) 391-7431.
- Contact the District Attorney’s Office for victim’s assistance at (661) 868-2400.
- Get in touch with the Officer handling your case, by calling the Detective Section at (661) 391-7500.
Crime statistics for Kern County, CA
Given the fact that the annual crime rate of Kern County, in any given year, hovers above the 10,000 incident mark, even the modest rise of around 4% seems alarming.
As opposed to the annual crime average of 2018, which stood at approximately 11,900 incidents, 2019 saw a higher annual crime average of around 12,300 complaints. The violent crime rate rose by well over 20% while the property crime rate dipped by approximately 2%.
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 crime rate increased by 60%.