An arrest warrant in Santa Barbara County, California, is generally issued when a complaint is filed with the court magistrate. If the magistrate is satisfied the there is reasonable ground to believe that the charge has been committed, they will sign the order and make it an active warrant.
An arrest warrant allows police to pursue and detain the defendant actively. If police cannot locate the defendant, the order becomes an outstanding warrant. The Santa Barbara Police Department routinely works outstanding warrants and will arrest and extradite subjects anywhere within the Continental United States. A Santa Barbara County, CA arrest warrant stays active until an arrest is made, bail is posted, or the subject appears before the magistrate.
The City of Santa Barbara maintains a web page titled Police Warrants (https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/police/info/warrants.asp) wishing to conduct a warrant search. One may also call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff at 805-681-4330 to obtain information on outstanding warrants, or visit their web page at http://www.sbsheriff.org/.
If your warrant search includes a need for previous arrest records, contact either the Sheriff’s Office or the Superior Court of California Santa Barbara County at 805-568-2780 http://www.sbcourts.org/.
It may also be useful to use the above search form to explore an online criminal records database for more information.
To determine if an arrest warrant has resulted in an individual currently in custody at a Santa Barbara County Jail, call 805-681-4250.
From 1999 through 2008, there were over 86,000 crimes reported in Santa Barbara County, California. This averages to about 8,600 each year, or a crime every hour. Out of the total reported crimes, over 80 were murders, 1,000 rapes, and 56,000 thefts. Violent crime rose by 35 percent, while the overall rate climbed 29 percent during this time frame.