Niagara County, NY police officials can only take a person into custody without a warrant if a law enforcement official is a witness to the misdemeanor of an individual. However, in cases where there exist a probable cause to suspect an individual, a petition has to be filed in court seeking an arrest warrant that will grant police officers the authority to arrest a person.
Law enforcement officers will search an individual who is arrested and they also have the right to pull up a person on the street if they suspect him/her of possessing illegal substances or items and search his/her person.
In scenarios that call for the issue of an arrest warrant, the sheriff’s Department approaches the court with a formal, written complaint stating the crime, name of the suspect and the evidence/witnesses. The judge considers the information and ascertains that it is enough for the eventual filing of a criminal case before granting an arrest warrant.
Once issued, the arrest order is termed as an active warrant; the document has to be served before an arrest is made. However, if the alleged perpetrator is absconding and the warrant cannot be served for this reason, the active arrest warrant is then categorized as an outstanding warrant.
A person can be taken into custody with an active as well as an outstanding warrant. So, in essence, there is no expiration period for an arrest warrant. To find out more about arrest records in Niagara County, the most definitive source of information is the Sheriff’s Department located at 5526 Niagara Street Extension, Lockport, NY 14095-0496.
A simpler option is to call the law enforcement agency to inquire about arrest records by dialing 716-438-3370. Alternatively, you can also rummage through an internet database to conduct an online warrant search. Simply, fill in the form given above to access the collection of criminal records.
Between 1999 and 2008 over 50,000 crimes took place in Niagara County, NY of which the vast majority were theft and robbery cases including auto theft. A comparison of the crime data over the decade mentioned above revealed that there has been an astounding rise of almost 100% in violent crime while the overall number of antisocial incidents also went up by almost 90%.
In the decade ending in 2008, a total of approximately 50,000 crimes were reported in Niagara including almost 6000 violent crimes. The annual crime rate of the county stands at nearly 5000; of these, only about 400 and 40 are incidents of homicide and sexual assault.