Franklin County and Arrest Warrants
You can be arrested in Franklin County if you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest from another county. If you are stopped in Franklin County for any reason, the officer may conduct a warrant search and, if an active warrant is found, the officer will detain you until a hearing can be held. If you suspect that an arrest warrant has been issued in Franklin County, you can conduct your own warrant search by contacting the court or the Sheriff's Department.
Does Franklin County Have an Online Database for Warrants?
Franklin County does not maintain an online search engine for arrest warrants issued by judges within the county. Therefore, you must contact the courts directly to find out if an arrest warrant has been issued. Judges for the Supreme Court and the County Court issue arrest warrants; therefore, I highly recommend that you search the court records for both courts to see if you have any outstanding warrants. Fortunately, the Clerk of Court's Office maintains the criminal case files for both courts, so one visit takes care of both courts. The County Clerk is located at 355 West Main Street, Suite 248 in Malone, NY 12953 (telephone: 518-481-1681). They can assist you with searching court records and finding any active criminal cases.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office located at 45 Bare Hill Road, Malone, NY 12953 (telephone: 518-483-3304) is the best place to search for outstanding warrants. In addition to helping you with your warrant search, the Sheriff's Office can provide copies of arrest records and assist with criminal history reports.
Franklin County, NY crime data
Between 1999 and 2008, overall crime rates in Franklin County fell by five percent while the rate of violent crimes fell by over one hundred percent. Of the more than 450 crimes reported each year, almost one-half of them happen less than a mile from the victim's residence. The majority of crimes reported during this period were related to theft with only two murders occurring in the county.
Are Criminal Court Records Required to be Available to the Public?
In Franklin County, the courts are required to release the information contained in the day's court docket. The same is also true for all court cases. If there is a case against you, the courts in that jurisdiction, are required to make that information public knowledge.
This will always be the case when it comes to who the courts are prosecuting. However, there are times that full transparency is not necessary. This only happens when it is concerning the specifics of what is being discussed in court. In these moments, the courts are not required to release all information; instead, they are authorized to use discretion when deciding what information can be made public and want should remain classified.
The practice of having open court records for the public to view is an essential part of ensuring and maintaining the integrity of the courts. It is also a practice that I stress we utilize and take advantage of.
Who has access to the police blotter?
Another right we have as Americans, one that comes from the freedom of information act, is the ability to see the police blotters. The police blotter is a book of police logs, that is continuously updated by the minute. If an officer brings anyone into county jail for any reason, it must be recorded in the police records. If you are familiar with police reports, then you should get the gist of how a police blotter works.
Just like the police report, the blotter should annotate the time and date of an incident, as well as who was arrested. Why that person was arrested and the name of the officer that responded to the call. If any of these bits of information are missing it could result in the person who was brought into custody being released with no punitive action taken.
This is important because, making information accessible to the citizens of our nation promotes integrity, transparency, and most important, it creates a level of trust and respect between police and civilians.