An arrest warrant issued by a criminal court in Putnam County is essentially a written order that calls for the arrest of the person to whom the warrant has been directed. The police are not handed an arrest order merely based on their word.
Law enforcement officials or a prosecutor must file a writ affidavit in court mentioning the felony and the role the person against whom the warrant is being sought has played in the incident, along with the names and accounts of witnesses and any other evidence collected in the case.
An active arrest warrant is only issued after careful deliberation over the probable cause and adequacy of the evidence for further legal action. If the sitting judge cannot be convinced about the witnesses’ merits and the evidence, the warrant is not issued.
However, once a signed arrest warrant, also known as an active warrant, is handed over to the police, they can arrest at any time from thereon. A warrant which is not served is retained in the system as an outstanding arrest warrant.
Depending on the nature and seriousness of the crime that led to the issue of the active warrant, it would be best to surrender. For instance, if a warrant is out against you for a non-appearance at a hearing, trying to evade arrest will diminish your chances of being let out on bail once you are arrested. The same also holds for Putnam County outstanding arrest warrants for serious felonies.
Because it is imperative to conduct a background and warrant search on a person before employing him/her or gorging a personal association with him/her, The Sheriff’s Department of Putnam County, NY offers accurate information on all active and outstanding warrants issued by the local criminal court.
To gain access to these arrest records, contact them at 3 County Center, Carmel, NY 10512, or call them 845-225-4300. The form above can also be used for an online warrant search.
Putnam has one of the lowest crime rates in the state of New York, yet almost 500 crimes are reported in the county each year. An analysis of the crime data collected over ten years from 1999 to 2008 showed that nearly 5000 criminal incidents took place in Putnam County in the decade; most of these were theft and robbery cases with about 4000 reports.
In the ten years, the crime scenario has worsened as the overall crime rate grew by 50%, and the number of violent crimes went up from less than 100 to just about 200. If the sudden increase is not controlled, the crime rate could quickly burgeon to over 1000 by 2012.