An outstanding warrant for your arrest is a serious matter. In New York, lower courts issue arrest warrants based upon complaints submitted by law enforcement officers or from other sources. The judges must find that probable cause exists before issuing an arrest warrant. Probable cause means that a reasonable person would believe, based on the facts presented, that the suspect committed the crime alleged. Once the warrant is issued, it is directed to law enforcement agencies for service.
Chemung County warrant searches
Because arrest warrants may be issued by several courts within each county, the easiest way to search for outstanding warrants is to check with the Chemung County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office is located at 203 William Street in Elmira, NY 14902 (telephone: 607-737-2987). However, you can view active warrants online without the need to contact the office directly. The Sheriff's Office also performs background checks but you must have the consent of the person being searched when requesting the report.
Since more than one court in Chemung County may issue arrest warrants, searching through arrest records in each court may be difficult. However, if you suspect which court may have issued the warrant, you may contact the court's clerk directly to request information. The Chemung County Courts Guide contains telephone numbers, addresses and other information that will assist you in your warrant search.
If you do find an outstanding arrest warrant in your name, you should contact an attorney before doing anything else. Finding out your rights is the first step in defending yourself against an arrest warrant.
Crime statistics for Chemung County
Between 2001 and 2008, approximately 78% of the crimes committed in Chemung County were theft related with roughly 7% of the crimes being violent in nature. The crime rate in Chemung County was very low during the first four years, below 600 each year; however, beginning in 2005 crimes escalated rapidly to almost 2,400 per year. When compared to ten other similar counties, Chemung County ranked second highest for crimes per 1,000 people during that period.