When an active arrest warrant is issued in Albemarle County, Virginia, the law enforcement authority earns certain rights pertaining to the usage and execution of the arrest order. For instance, all arrest warrants issued by local criminal courts can be served at any time and at any place.
Not only can an individual with an outstanding warrant in his/her name be arrested from his/her home but also from third party premises like a bar, pub etc. In fact, the police are legally obligated to put in their best efforts in apprehending a criminal who has an active warrant against him.
In essence, the only way to escape arrest is to sort the warrant issue with the help of an attorney. However, before you approach a lawyer, ascertain that the Albemarle crime system indeed has a warrant in your name in it.
To do this, you will need to get a friend or family member to visit one of the three agencies mentioned below. They can go to:
The police: The office of Albemarle County sheriff’s department will serve as a definitive source of information on arrest warrants. All you will need to do is carry along a photo ID and details about the subject to request the warrant search. Visit the agency office at 411 E High Street Bldg B, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902 and make your way to the records/public services division.
The tribunals: Because the court is the only legal entity that can issue a warrant, visiting the tribunal that granted the arrest order to the police will also help. To find your way to the office of the magistrate go to 501 Jefferson St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
The judicial clerks: Apart from the magistrate’s and sheriff’s offices, the clerk of court’s department also maintains records on criminal and civil cases in the form of court dockets. To get in touch with this agency, visit the courthouse at the address given above.
Every year almost 2100 crimes are reported in Albemarle County, VA which puts the 5-yearly average at just over 10,000 incidents and almost 700 of these were instances of violent crime. This included nearly 10 cases of homicide, 130 of sexual assault and well over 9000 incidents of theft.