Palm Beach County Arrest Records and Warrant Search
Before initiating a Palm Beach warrant search, it is advisable to understand the legal mechanism that lies behind the process of arrest. A glimpse at Florida rules of criminal procedure will help you shed light on this issue. In short, the police can arrest a suspect if he is caught red handed while committing a crime. Otherwise, they will have no choice but to persuade a judge to sign an arrest warrant. A judge will agree to do it provided that he sees a probable cause that justifies incarcerating a suspect.
The moment a warrant is signed by a judge, it becomes active and it allows the police to apprehend the suspect anywhere and anytime. If the suspect is not taken into custody, the warrant remains legally valid as an outstanding warrant.
To conduct a full criminal background check, you will, first of all, need to garner information on Palm Beach County arrests. This can be done by resorting to local and statewide databases that will be mentioned in the course of the article.
Finally, Palm Beach county court records can broaden your perspective. This is because they contain data on a person’s history of prosecutions and convictions. In other words, you will be able to know if the one you are searching has been formerly accused of a crime and found guilty in court.
Locating Palm Beach outstanding warrants
You can find information regarding outstanding warrants originated in Palm Beach County at the sheriff office.
Their address is 3228 Gun Club Road. West Palm Beach, FL 33406. Their phone number is 561-688-3000. Their contact us page contains the addresses of the district offices.
If you think there is a warrant carrying your name, you are recommended to visit their office accompanied by a lawyer because you might be taken into custody.
Tips for an arrest search
For a Palm Beach County arrest records search, you are advised to turn to booking blotter page on the sheriff’s website. There you will find an online inmate search tool for people in custody in one of the county’s detention facilities. The only problem with this search option is that it includes current records only (the earliest date to July 2013).
You can also utilize the search form on this website. It will enable you to carry out an extensive and accurate criminal background check on a person (which includes Palm Beach County arrest records and arrest warrants) conveniently and confidentially from your home.
The state has its own criminal database managed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It will enable you to trace a person’s incarceration history in the entire state. Each name checked costs $24 – a quite expensive service.
Gaining Access to Palm Beach Public Records
The county’s Central Records Division offers various public records, among which are:
- Background search on individual people.
- Documents related to adoption.
- Information on identity theft.
- Criminal records.
Their electronic database contains more than 2,000,000 documents. Their phone number is 561-688-3140
Another source is the clerk of court. They have an online search option for criminal court records and civil records.
Palm Beach County crime rates
Last year, in 2013, 59,510 arrests were made in the county. More than 6,200 violent crimes were reported. These crimes included 74 murders, 603 severe sex offenses, 156 forcible fondling cases, more than 1,700 robberies and nearly 3,800 aggravated assaults.