Would you believe that a document written and signed over 200 years ago has an influence over every arrest warrant search performed in Pike County, AR? In fact, that document controls much of our country’s modern criminal procedure. The requirement for any valid arrest warrant stems from the provisions of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, a part of the Bill of Rights.
Generally, unless a law enforcement officer sees a person committing a crime, they cannot make arrests without valid arrest warrants. A BIG part of the equation is something called probable cause. Probable cause is one of those things that is hard to nail down, but generally, it refers to and is based upon a law enforcement officer’s direct observations or upon statements made by individuals to the police. It all must add up so that a “reasonably prudent person” would believe that the individual named in the arrest warrant is committing a crime or has already committed one. The warrant must describe the named individual specifically and in a detailed manner. After a judge or magistrate reviews and approves the information, an active warrant issues.
For any of the seventy-five or so crimes that take place in Pike County in a year, there may be a number of outstanding warrants still not executed (or served) by law enforcement officers. While most of the county’s crimes are thefts and the like, there are almost ten crimes per year that are classified as violent crimes, so knowing if there are Pike County active warrants for such cases is important.
So, where should you look for information on outstanding warrant information? The best place to start is the Pike County Sheriff. Sheriffs are heavily involved in the arrest warrant process, from collecting supporting information to serving the actual active warrant. The Pike County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Department’s address is 204 E. Main St., Murfreesboro, AR, 71958. To reach them by FAX, the number is (870) 285-2626. Their phone number is (870) 285-3315.
For information on arrest records, either the Pike County AR Sheriff or the county clerk of court may help. The circuit clerk handles all of the documents connected with court cases. Their contact information is 1 Courthouse Square, Murfreesboro, AR, 71958, (870) 285-2231.