Do I need an attorney, or can I represent myself on an arrest warrant?
As with most legal actions in which you are a party to the case, you may act as your counsel when defending yourself against either an active or outstanding arrest warrant. However, criminal defense attorneys and even many judges would advise against this decision. Criminal law is complicated, with many legal technicalities associated with the criminal code. Because every action in defense of a criminal case can impact heavily on the result, it is better to hire an experienced attorney to represent your interests.
Resources for searching arrest records in Tuolumne County, CA
In Tuolumne County, the Clerk of the Superior Court’s Criminal Court maintains all of the records regarding criminal cases heard before the court. Located at 60 N. Washington Street, Sonora, CA 95370 (Telephone: 209-533-5563). The Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. You may do an online search for criminal case information, but you must know the case number. If you want to perform arrest records search by name, you will need to go to the clerk’s office in person.
The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office maintains a database (Crime Graphics) of crimes reported in the county that may be searched online. You can view the locations where crimes happened and what types of crimes are most prevalent in your neighborhood. You can also view a list of missing persons and a list of recent arrests on the Sheriff’s website.
Tuolumne County, California arrest records
Tuolumne County, CA, had a low crime rate from 2001 through 2008 compared to other similar counties. Only 671 of the over 8,000 crimes committed during that period were violent in nature. However, because the crime rates were so low during the first years of that period, it skews the numbers when you view how rapidly the crime rate has grown in the area. During the eight years, crimes increased by almost 70%, with violent crimes rising by an additional 10% by 2008.