As with just about any county in the U.S.A., Lee County, Arkansas, sees its share of crime. In one recent five-year span, there were almost fourteen hundred crimes in the county, with close to 200 classified as violent crimes. Where there is crime, there will be law enforcement officers and criminal procedures to bring guilty parties to justice. A part of the process is the criminal arrest warrant. Those who want to do an arrest warrant search in Lee County, AR, have a few avenues of inquiry open to them.
The Lee County Court House is one possible supplier of information on outstanding warrants and possibly arrest records. The Circuit Court Clerk manages all of the paperwork associated with cases arising before the Lee County Courts. So they are a logical office to contact for information on active arrest warrants. The Lee County Circuit Court Clerk’s telephone number is 870-295-7710.
Another county official is responsible for preparing the paperwork behind any arrest warrants issued in Lee County, AR. This is the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, which handles most active warrants for Lee County. To contact the sheriff’s office, call 870-295-7775.
However, it is a good thing to understand a bit of the process which leads to a court, such as the Lee County Circuit Court, issuing an arrest warrant. To be considered valid (one that will hold up to judicial scrutiny should it be challenged in court), a warrant must contain an adequate statement of probable cause, must be issued by an impartial judge or magistrate, must be supported by a believable police affidavit (sworn statement) and must clearly and definitively describe the person who is the subject of the warrant.
Only once valid arrest warrants issue from a court may law enforcement make arrests pursuant to the warrant. Until the person named is taken into custody, the warrant is considered to be an outstanding warrant. The requirements for arrest warrants emanate from the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of rights. Without such protections, individuals might be subject to arrests made at the whim of some officials. While it may seem frustrating to have to jump through so many judicial hoops to bring a criminal to justice, the system is in place to protect the rights of all citizens.