Lower courts and county courts in New York have jurisdiction to issue arrest warrants for the county in which they are located. Judges review complaints and hear testimony regarding alleged crimes and issue warrants based upon probable cause. If the judge finds that the complaint or information submitted does not support probable cause, he will not issue a warrant.
Because active warrants are directed to county law enforcement officers for service, beginning a warrant search with the county sheriff’s office will likely reveal any outstanding warrants. It is also prudent to check with a city or town’s local police department as they have arrest records for that specific town.
The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department does not have an online database for searching active arrest warrants. However, you can contact the Sheriff’s Office directly to inquire about warrants and how to request a warrant search. In addition, the staff should also be able to provide information about recent arrest records. The telephone number for the main office is 518-565-4300 and the office is located at 25 McCarthy Drive, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Plattsburgh City Court handles criminal matters for Plattsburgh within Clinton County. The staff is not permitted to perform Criminal History Searches but you can request a statewide search through the New York State Office of Court Administration. If you want information regarding a specific case, contact the Clerk’s Office at 24 US Oval, Plattsburgh, NY 12903 or at 518-563-7870. The court’s website has information regarding criminal procedures that may assist you in your warrant search in Clinton County.
Clinton County has numerous county courts in addition to town and village courts. Each court has a specific geographic jurisdiction within the county and judges for each court may issue arrest warrants for suspects within his jurisdiction. Therefore, searching for outstanding warrants or criminal records requires that you know which court issued the warrant. Otherwise, you are searching for a needle in a haystack. If you can determine the person’s residence or where the crime was committed, you may be able to narrow your search to the courts that have jurisdiction over that area of Clinton County.
Clinton County crime rates
Between 2001 and 2008, approximately 4,383 crimes were committed in Clinton County with a very small percentage being violent in nature (there was only one murder reported during that time). An average of one crime occurred in Clinton County every 13 hours during those years with almost half of those crimes happening less than one mile from the victim’s home.