Not very different from the process used for the dissemination of crime history data in other parts of VA, an Essex County arrest warrant search calls for applicants to follow concrete steps. It all starts by identifying the subject in whose name you intend to launch the inquiry. You will need pertinent information about this person, including his first and last name, date of birth, and any other additional data that you can find.
Armed with these details, you will need to contact one of the agencies listed below. You can do so in person or write to them. In either case, a fee will have to be incurred, which can be paid in cash if visiting the state office for the inquiry or by money order if you are sending the search request through mail.
- The office of the sheriff: 304 Prince St, Tappahannock, Virginia 22560
- The court of the magistrate: 305 Prince St, Tappahannock, Virginia 22560
- The department of the county clerk: Given above
It will take the department but a few minutes to find details on all the Essex County arrest records and outstanding warrants in the name of your subject, so an “in-person” inquiry is highly recommended. On the other hand, although convenient, you will have to wait for a week or more to find information on the arrest warrants in the name of your subject if you were to take the mail route.
For online inquiries on arrests and active warrants from Essex County, you can use the form given on top of this page. This will connect you with a third party information vendor.
Over the phone, how can you inquire about active warrants and recent arrests from Essex County? (2021-current)
- The Sheriff’s Office will have information on recent arrests- 804-443-3346.
- Help is available for crime victims through the Essex County Victim Witness Service Program, so they can be approached for information and assistance by calling them at 804-443-4529.
- The Magistrate issues arrest warrants, so it would be best to contact this judicial office for a warrants search-804-443-4394.
- The Clerk of Court’s office can provide information about initiating a search for judicial records- 804-443-3541, 804-443-4381 (Circuit), and 804-443-3744 (District).
Crime statistics of Essex County
The Essex County Sheriff’s Department filed roughly 69 criminal reports in 2019. More than 40 of the crimes reported were property crimes, and 20 constituted crimes against people. The majority of property crime cases involved larceny-theft (17 cases) and burglary (17 cases). The complaints in the category of violent crimes included 19 cases of aggravated assault.
Older crime statistics
A bit over 210 crimes are reported in Essex County, Virginia, per annum. Of the total number of complaints lodged, about 8% are against matters that can be put into the violent crime bracket. To add to the residents’ woes, the number of this crime category has increased by almost 80% in the recent past. The average of reported criminal activity also rose by almost 40%.