In Stafford County, VA an arrest warrant is exclusively issued after the sitting magistrate of a local criminal court carefully considers all case related facts including evidence, the crime, reasons to believe why the individual in question has committed the crime and sworn testimony from the witnesses.
In fact, an active arrest warrant cannot be issued unless the judge is convinced of probable cause. All arrest warrants bear the signature of the issuing magistrate which serves as a seal of judicial approval. The arrest order is addressed to the police and is essentially a directive for the detention of a person.
The police as well as the judiciary hold information on all active arrest orders that have been served as well as outstanding warrants that have been held back in the system because they could not be executed and arrest records for cases in which the perpetrator was taken into custody at the scene of the crime.
To get your hands on this information, you will have to visit the office of these agencies in person. Do not forget to carry a photo ID along; you will also need identifier information about the subject of your inquiry such as his/her name, birthdates, address, gender, race etc. Once you have these details ready, head over to the sheriff's department
Seek out the record clerk and fill in a formal application for a warrant search. You will generally receive a response to your query within 24 hours. In some instances, you may even be offered the details you are looking for promptly.The sheriff's office is located at 2003 Mill Road, Alexandria, VA 22314.
You can also get in touch with the office of the magistrate which is located at or the county clerk's department that work out of 1300 Courthouse Rd, Stafford, Virginia 22554.
Almost 1800 crimes transpire in Stafford County each year; of these, over 90% are instances of property crimes. A look at the criminal statistics of the area between 2004 and 2008 reveals that violent crime has increased by almost 40% while property crimes have gone up by an estimated 10%.