It's possible to have an arrest warrant and not know anything about it, for example, if you have accidentally missed a court date or forgotten to pay a ticket. Some city, county and state government websites have a search function to help you find out if they have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. This isn't an option in Monterey, California, but Monterey County Clerk of Courts office keeps a list of outstanding warrants.
Visit Clerk of Courts Office
To check the list of outstanding warrants in Monterey, visit the Monterey County Clerk of Courts office, which is located in the Monterey County Government Center Administration Building at 168 West Alisal Street, 1st Floor, Salinas, CA 93901. Explain that you want to know if there is a warrant out for your arrest, and request a list of open arrest warrants in the county. The office is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Alternatively, you can phone the office at (831) 755-5041 or send an email to CountyClerk@co.monterey.ca.us.
Check Monterey County Sheriff Warrants
The Records Division provides a variety of support services to the various Bureaus of the Sheriff’s Office and to all law enforcement agencies in Monterey County on a 24-hour, seven-day a week basis. All criminal, traffic, and juvenile warrants issued in Monterey County are maintained in the records division, located in the Sheriff’s Public Safety Building at 1414 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906. If you can't go to the records division in person, call (831) 755-3700 for inquiries about outstanding warrants.
Run a Warrant Check Online
You can perform a warrant search online via a website like CheckThem, which generates search results from millions of county, state and federal government records based on the first and last name of a person and her state. If you provide more detailed information about the person or location, you can narrow the search. Some websites offer free trials of their background check service, but some may incur a small fee. If you don't want to pay for your results, look for sites offering a free warrant check. Typically, online background checks show felonies, misdemeanors, infractions, sex offender crimes, other criminal convictions and actual arrests as well as arrest warrants.
To find a list of outstanding warrants in Monterey, California, you visit the clerk of courts office or the Sheriff's records division. Alternatively, you can run a free warrant search online.
- Alternatively, you can call the Monterey County Clerk of Courts and inquire by name at 831-775-5400.
- A warrant also is sometimes referred to as an "attachment."
- If you go to the Clerk of Courts office and a warrant is found to be active, you can be apprehended by the police.
Claire is a qualified lawyer and specialized in family law before becoming a full-time writer. She has written for many digital publications, including The Washington Post, Forbes, Vice and HealthCentral.