An arrest order issued by the Grant County criminal court confers certain rights on peace officers, which includes the authority to arrest at any time, on any day, from any place and by using whatever means of force is necessary. However, it does not permit a law enforcement officer to search the individual’s home/office against the issued warrant.
Yet, peace officers are allowed to confiscate any suspicious item that is visibly placed during the time of the arrest. So, if you have the police knocking on your door with an arrest warrant, it would be sensible to walk out with your hands behind your head instead of compelling them to force their way inside your home.
It is imperative to understand that a warrant will only be issued in Grant County, Washington, if there is probable cause to hold you responsible for a crime. If the arrest order was issued in a felony related case, you could also be arrested outside the county and then be deported to Grant.
All unexecuted arrest warrants are stored in a centralized system hosted by the FBI; these are known as outstanding arrest warrants. They can be accessed by police officers from all over the country.
To find out if a legal infraction has led to the issue of a warrant in your name, you have two options:
- You can approach the Sherriff’s Department of Grant at PO Box 37, 35 C St NW, Ephrata, Washington 98823; Tel no: 509-754-2011. However, this will lead to immediate arrest.
- You can use an online database for a warrant search and access nationwide arrest records.
For the second option, fill the online form on this website, giving you unhindered access to a third-party database and enough time to plan your legal strategy if you find an arrest warrant against you.
How do you get information on Grant County active warrants and arrests over the phone? (2021- Update)
- For information on recent arrests, call the Grant County Jail at 509-754-2011.
- For arrest records and incident reports, connect with the Records Division at 509-754-2011, ext. 2938.
- To report a crime and for general information, use the phone number of non-emergency dispatch- 509-762-1160.
- To access information on active warrants, connect with Sheriff’s Office at 509-754-2011, ext. 2401.
- For victim’s assistance and information, call the Victim/Witness Unit at 509-754-2011 Ext. 3962.
- For information on initiating a criminal case search, call the Superior Court at 509-754-2011, ext. 4101 and the District Court at 509-754-2011, ext. 3101.
Crime Statistics of Grant County, Washington
In 2019, the Sheriff’s Department of Grant County dealt with about 430 criminal complaints. Property offences accounted for over 80 percent of the complaints. There are 540 larceny theft cases, 180 burglary cases, and 120 vehicle theft cases in this category. The 95 complaints filed in the “crime-against-persons” category included 64 assaults, 25 cases of rape and 6 matters pertaining to robbery.
In the ten years that started in 1999, an estimated 30,000 crimes occurred in the county, of which nearly 3000 were reported annually. The figure included almost 2800 property crimes and nearly 200 cases of violent crime. Only 2 cases of homicide and about 20 incidents of sexual assault were reported each year. However, the average of thefts and robberies was considerably higher at nearly 2400 case reports filed annually.
Over the decade mentioned here, crime in Grant has gone up by almost 70%; starting at just about 160 in 1999, the figure rose sharply to well over 200 by 2008. Experts believe that if this increase is not stopped, the overall crime numbers may quickly scale to over 6000 per year.