The procedure for arrest warrants and the statute of limitations governing the issue of warrants is the almost the same across the country. In King County, Washington, the police have to submit a written complaint to get an arrest order against a suspect.
The sitting magistrate of a criminal court in the county has to be convinced that there is enough proof available in the case to prove the involvement of the individual against whom the warrant is being sought.
To this end, the written affidavit is carefully studied by the judge and if this proves inadequate, the victim/witnesses may also be called in to offer a sworn testimony. After due diligence has been exercised in ensuring that there indeed is probable cause that proves culpability, a written arrest order with the magistrate’s signature is issued.
This document is called an active arrest warrant while an order for arrest which has been backlogged in the national crime database is known as an outstanding arrest warrant. Regardless of the change in the legal terminology, police have the authority to arrest a person against whom a warrant exist at any time and from any place.
To find out if there is an arrest warrant in your name or against someone you know, contact the King County Sherriff’s Department at 516 Third Ave Rm W-116, Seattle, Washington 98104. While calling the law enforcement agency on 206-296-4155 will not get you the necessary arrest records, visiting them in person will mean that you will be taken into custody if there is a warrant out against you.
Another venue for a warrant search is the internet; fill the form above for quick access to countrywide arrest records.
From the year 1999 to 2008, almost 100,000 cases were reported in King, Washington which puts the area in the list of counties with the highest crime rates in the state. Annually, almost 92,000 crimes are reported of which nearly 7000 are violent crimes that include approximately 50 homicides and over 500 sexual assault cases.
In the ten year period mentioned in this article, there has been a negligible increase in the rate of crime. Yet crime rates remain high which just goes to show that while the scenario may not have worsened in the area, the police have been unable to curtail criminal activities.