An arrest warrant can exclusively be issued by the criminal court in Duchess County, New York. In order to procure it, the Sherriff’s Department has to file a written petition in the court that outlines the misdemeanors of the person against whom the warrant is being requested and the available evidence against the alleged criminal.
Upon submission, the information is carefully considered by the sitting judge who has the authority to grant or decline the warrant request. An arrest warrant is only issued after it is duly signed by the judge and the evidence and details relating to the crime in the signed statement are found to be adequate to make a criminal charge stick against the individual.
An active warrant grants an officer the authority to make an arrest under its provisions. However, in some cases, the person in question cannot be taken into custody immediately upon the issue of the arrest warrant. The active warrant then becomes an outstanding warrant.
So unlike search warrants, an arrest warrant does not expire; also, arrests can be made with outstanding warrants in Duchess County. A warrant for arrest is only issued in two scenarios:
- If a crime has been committed and a person is a suspect
- If an individual skips bail
In both cases, depending on the nature of the crime, the individual against whom the warrant is issued can be taken into custody in Duchess County and any other county or state.
If you are interested in a warrant search, contact the Sheriff’s Department of Duchess County. The law enforcement agency can be visited in person at 150 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or you could speak to a the records clerk over the phone by calling on 845-486-3800.
The number of crimes reported in the county have steadily risen between 1999 and 20008; at the beginning of the decade the number of violent crimes reported annually stood at nearly 2000 while in 20008, almost 3000 crimes reports were lodged. The overall crime rate including property crimes also rose by over 20%.
Of the 43,000 crimes reported in the decade, more than 5000 were violent in nature with almost 300 incidents of sexual assault and 50 homicides. However, the largest instances of crime reported in the county were related to theft and robbery at nearly 32,000 incidents.