Who Issues Chenango County Arrest Warrants?
Judges issue arrest warrants after receiving sworn complaints or listening to sworn testimony establishing probable cause. Probable cause exists for an arrest warrant if the judge believes that, based on the facts presented, the alleged suspect committed the crime. While an arrest warrant is not proof of guilt, it is something to take very seriously. If you believe that you have an outstanding warrant, you can do a warrant search to confirm your belief. My advice for doing this in Chenango County is by searching court records and contacting the Sheriff's Department.
Where is the County Court Located?
The Chenango County Supreme Court and County Court are located in the County Office Building at 5 Court Street in Norwich, NY 13815 (telephone: 607-337-1457). Most criminal cases begin with an arrest warrant. In order to search court records for active and closed criminal cases, you must visit the Clerk of Court's office during normal business hours (9 am to 5 pm). The court staff can show you how to search the public records but cannot give legal advice regarding ongoing court cases.
You also need to search for active warrants with the Norwich City Court. It is located at One Court Plaza in Norwich, NY 13815 (telephone: 607-334-1224). This court has limited jurisdiction in Chenango County but does issue some arrest warrants.
Anytime I need any questions answered I go straight to Chenango County Sheriff's Office; they can answer any of my questions about outstanding warrants. My reason for this is because the county sheriff must be included in any warrant search in Chenango County. It can also provide copies of arrest records for a fee. The office is located at 279 County Route 46 in Norwich, NY 13815 (telephone: 607-334-2000). Unfortunately, you cannot get information about outstanding warrants online. However, the Sheriff's Office does have a list of the county's most wanted on its website. There is also a list of the county's unsolved crimes on the Sheriff's website.
Chenango County, NY crime data
For the 10 years from 1999 through 2008, overall crime rates in Chenango County increased by almost thirty percent while violent crimes decreased by about the same percentage. While the majority of crimes reported during this time related to burglary and theft, there were four murders, sixty-four rapes and approximately one hundred fifty assaults reported.
Where can you find criminal court Records?
Like I stated earlier, it is best to go to the Chenango County Courthouse and speak to the clerks in person regarding any information that you might need for you or someone that you know. However, court dockets, and anything that is coming up on those dockets is required to be made available to the public. This makes it very convenient if you only need to look up dates for court cases or anything that is relatively minor.
My recommendation of speaking directly to the county clerks’ office still stands, though. Because of the exponential increase in Chenango County’s crime rate, the courts are often behind on inputting all of the information needed, so your information may not have made its way to the public domain just yet. If you think that you have a court date, but do not see anything on the court docket for you, then I would suggest calling the clerks’ office to see what information they have.
What is the Importance of a Police Blotter?
When going through their days, police encounter a lot of different people and situations. To be able to keep up with all of these interactions, the officer must keep a police log. These logs should contain all police reports that they have written up for that day, as well as annotating anything else of note that may have happened for the day.
This is important to us because it means that our names should show up in the police records any time we get a ticket, or otherwise get stopped by an officer. If your name is not in the police blotter, then you likely won’t have to worry about court dates or anything else regarding the court system (that is always a good thing).
So how do you know if your name is in the blotter? Well, luckily for us, the Federal Freedom of Information Act mandates that the police log book, known affectionately as a blotter, be available for the public to see and read. So, read it, and if you aren’t mentioned, then you are in the clear.