Lake County Arrest Records and Warrant Search

Why would you be interested in performing a Lake County warrant search? There are two main answers for this question. First and foremost, under Florida Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), based on the Sunshine Law (Florida Statutes, section 119) from 1995, the public has the right to access governmental public records including criminal records.

Second, since the information is available you might want to use it to inquire whether a person has a criminal history. This person can be your children’s nanny, someone you are dating or one of your employees.

Three major types of warrants

Lake counties arrest warrants are divided into three main types:

  • An active arrest warrant – an arrest order signed by a judged that authorizes the police to arrest a person suspected of crime.
  • An outstanding warrant – an arrest warrant that has not been served since the police have not succeeded in locating and apprehending the suspect. For practical purposes, a Lake county outstanding warrant can lead to your arrest anytime and anywhere in Florida, so having this kind of warrant on your name means that you are not off the hook. According to official estimations, there are more than 350,000 FL outstanding warrants.
  • A bench warrant – an arrest order issued against a person for failing to appear in (either criminal or civil) court.

How can you obtain information on Lake County warrants?

The county sheriff office is a recommended source for a Lake County warrant search. They do not provide information via the phone, so you will be required to visit their office at opening hours which are Mon –Fri 8:30 in the morning until 5 in the evening. The address is 360 W. Ruby Street, Tavares, FL 32778. The address of the south district is 15855 State Road 50 Clermont, FL. 34711.

The sheriff office also transfers warrant information to Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC). The center has an online public access system which you can utilize for your inquiries. However, this is a wider search that relates to the entire state and therefore it might be a little less targeted and accurate.

How can you conduct an arrest search?

To get Lake County arrest records, go to the electronic search webpage managed by the sheriff office. This service will reveal recent arrests carried out in the county in the last 30 days.

For a more comprehensive inmate search, you can either visit Lake County Detention Center or contact them via the phone. Their address is 551 West Main St. Tavares, Fl 32778. Their telephone no. is 352-742-4054.

Another option for an arrest check includes the search box above. Easily and comfortably (and of course confidentially) you can view a person’s past criminal background (including warrant and arrest history).

 Lake County public records

The clerk of courts will assist you in recovering public records and court records from which you can learn about a person’s past convictions and existing criminal records. Their address is

Lake County Clerk of Court.  P.O. Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778
Tel number: 352-742-4100

 The clerk of courts also operates a special Felony Division that is in charge of severe crimes committed in the county.

Updated Crime Data

Florida Department of Law Enforcement reveals that in 2013, 11,478 arrests were made by the county’s law enforcement agencies. Violent rate was 310 and there were 941 violent crimes. The good news is that there were only 3 murders in comparison to 8 in 2012. There were also 144 sexually oriented crimes, 679 aggravated assaults and 130 robberies.