In San Mateo County, California, an arrest warrant is a court document that is signed by a judge that orders law enforcement to arrest a subject for an alleged crime. An active warrant orders that the subject be brought before a judge, and includes a list of the charges.
A bench warrant is little different type of document that results when a subject has disobeyed an order of a court, such as the failure to appear for a scheduled court date. Bench warrants are mostly used in civil cases without a prior arrest, and less often in criminal proceedings.
In San Mateo County it may take three to five days for law enforcement authorities to enter a warrant into the Automated Warrant System (AWS), which is used by other counties including San Francisco Santa Clara, and Alameda. If the arrest warrant is entered into the Wanted Persons Systems (WPS), it is accessible to all California law enforcement agencies, and obligates the issuing agency to transport the subject from where he is arrested anywhere in the State of California.
If you would like to carry out a warrant search for yourself or someone else, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has an excellent site at www.smcsheriff.com, which contains abundant information and is highly organized.
If the warrant you are searching for is civil in nature, you can go to the San Mateo County Civil Division located in the Hall of Justice 400 County Center, Redwood City on the 3rd floor. You can also call them at 650-363-4497.
If your arrest warrant is criminal in nature, you can go to the same address above, to the 4th floor, call 650-363-4302.
If you desire to find records regarding a specific case or person, The Superior Court of California County of San Mateo is located at 400 County Center, 1st Floor, Room A, Redwood City, CA 94063, or by phone at 650-363-4922.
For the State of California criminal records database, you can refer to the above search reference.
To see if someone is currently incarcerated, or to obtain information about specific facilities, the Corrections Division of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office lists all the information you would need at http://www.smcsheriff.com/divisions/corrections-division#correctional-services.
The total reported crimes in Sam Mateo County, California were over 180,000 between 1999 and 2008, of which almost 134,000 were thefts, over 1,400 rapes, and about 180 murders. On average, a crime is reported every 28 minutes, resulting in about 18,000 each year. Overall reported crime and violent crime have both grown by 16% in San Mateo County, CA, during the same time period.