A written order issued by a federal or state criminal court to take an individual into custody is known an arrest warrant. Like the order for arrest issued by the sitting judge of any county in the country, an Ontario County arrest warrant stays in effect till it is served.
The court directive to apprehend the person against whom the warrant has been issued helps police officers to nab the alleged perpetrator of a crime and present him before the court to face charges. Once taken into custody, the person against whom the warrant was out is taken to court for an arraignment hearing at the earliest. At this point charges are formally filed against the individual and he/she has to make a plea.
Of course, this is not the first time that the individual’s role in the crime is discussed in front of a criminal court sitting judge. The judiciary is notified of the crimes committed by an alleged culprit, the evidence against him in the case and his/her role in the felony while procuring an arrest warrant against him.
The only difference between an active and outstanding warrant is the difference in terminology as the warrant never goes out of effect; the name is merely changed to show that an arrest has not been made in the matter as yet.
Depending on the seriousness of the crime; the active warrant may differ in two ways:
Bail amount: Some active and outstanding warrants from Ontario County, New York have the bail amount mentioned on them. This makes things simpler for the person taken into custody who can secure his/her release merely by paying the bail. However, the court is under no obligation to set the bail amount, and in more serious cases, an arraignment hearing is the only option for a person.
Place where arrest can be made: Although outstanding warrants for misdemeanor are rarely executed outside the county, for warrants issued to apprehend a person under suspicion of felony, the arrest can be made anywhere in the country.
The Sheriff’s Department is a reliable source of information on arrest records and can be contacted in person or by phone. Visit the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office located at 3045 County Complex Drive, Canandaigua, New York 14424 during business hours with the name of person for a warrant search. Two simpler alternatives include: contacting the law enforcement agency over the phone (585-396-4560) or using the form above for an online arrest records database.
From 1999 to 2008, every year nearly 1100 crimes were reported in Ontario County, which brings the decade long criminal activity figure to almost 11,000 cases. When scrutinized further, it was found that the majority of the incident reports were about robbery and theft with over 8000 cases while rape and murders were comparatively rare with 80 and 10 incidents.
The violent crime rate increased by over 40% to reach 700 from the reported figure of 500 in 1999. This was seen as an impact of the increase in the overall rate of crime by over 50%. On the whole, the crime scenario in Ontario County is worsening and if not curbed it could easily rise above the 4000 mark by 2012.