Pursuant to Rule 7.1 of the Criminal Code of Arkansas, arrest warrants can be issued when an affidavit has been filed against an individual which contains information on the recorded testimony of witnesses and evidence gathered that points to the culpability of the suspect in the criminal act defined. The sitting magistrate who has the authority to accept or deny the request for an active warrant will only sign the directive when there is clear probable cause linking the accused to the criminal act he is said to have committed.
The form of AR arrest warrants
The contents and the prescribed form to be used for active warrants has been given in Rule 7.2; pursuant to it, arrest warrants are to be in writing and they shall be issued on behalf of the stategovernment. Hence, the document will bear the signature of the magistrate who issued the order, his designation, the county it was sanctioned in and the date of release.
All active warrants will have a description of the scope of the charges being brought against the accused. The details will also include information on the alleged offender including his name, social security or a driver’s license number if these can be procured. If the name or aliases of the accused are unavailable, any description that can be used to reasonably establish this person’s identity can be stated on the warrant.
Apart from this information, the original writ filed in court to procure the warrant has to be attached to the order. Arrest warrants from Arkansas are directed at all law enforcement agents across the state and they remain valid in every part of the commonwealth.These directives are to have a clear notification to the police of the task that has to be performed under the decree.
For instance, active warrants will have a direct order stating that the cops are supposed to apprehend the accused and hold him in custody till he can be brought before the court. The magistrate will also explicitly mention the conditions of detention, arrests and release on the document. For example, if night time service is authorized, this will be stated on the warrant. Similarly, in case of petty offenses, the bail or the fine amount will be mentioned on the warrant.
The execution on AR outstanding warrants
Although these directives are valid all over AR and stay in effect for as long as it takes to bring the perpetrator to books, arrest warrants are also frequently served outside the issuing county and the state. This particularly holds true in case of detention decrees that are issued in felonious crimes. Police officers are allowed access into private and state owned premises to effect the arrests of people who have warrants to their name.
Such detentions can occur at any time of the day or night unless otherwise specified on the warrant. Also, peace officers are allowed to use a reasonable degree of force when apprehending the accused. Furthermore, they can confiscate any incriminating items found on the person of the detainee or lying around in the room or area of the property where the arrest occurs.
How can you find information on AR arrest records and outstanding warrants?
The simplest way to launch a warrant search is to use the most wanted list furnished on the websites of local law enforcement agencies. Some of the counties and agencies within Arkansas that offer this facility are:
- Baxter County: http://www.baxtercountysheriff.com/wanted.php
- Benton County: http://bentoncountysheriff.org/mostwanted.aspx
- Chicot County: http://chicotcountysheriff.com/wanted.php
- Cleburne County: http://www.cleburnecountysheriff.com/disclaimer.php?id=2
- Crawford County: http://www.crawfordcountysheriff.org/most_wanted.asp
- Drew County: http://drewcountysheriff.com/disclaimer.php?id=2
- Garland County: http://www.garlandcountysheriff.com/wanted/index.html
- Izard County: http://www.izardcountysheriff.org/disclaimer.php?id=2
- Jefferson County: http://www.jeffcoso.org/wanted.php
- Lawrence County: http://www.lawrencecountysheriffsoffice.com/most-wanted/
- Monroe County: http://www.monroecountysheriffar.com/disclaimer.php?id=2
- Newton County: http://www.newtoncountysheriff.org/wanted.php
- Perry County: http://perrycountysheriffar.org/wanted.php
- Stone County: http://stonecountysheriff.com/disclaimer.php?id=2
- Washington County: http://www.co.washington.ar.us/index.aspx?page=446