Table of Contents:
- How to Find an Arrest Warrant in Maryland
- How to Find Arrest Warrants in Iowa
- How to Find an Arrest Warrant in Georgia
According to the Maryland Rules 16-1001 through 16-1011, the public has the right to access most records in the state’s possession. Almost all public records are available through the Maryland Judiciary Case Search, which was implemented in 2004. If you want to find an active arrest or bench warrant in the state of Maryland, you need to access the online database of the Maryland Judiciary Case Search and locate the warrant by imputing personal and identifying information.
Open the Maryland Judiciary Case Search webpage in your web browser.
Read the notice associated with Maryland Rules 16-1001 through 10-1011, which is located on the front page of the webpage. If you agree to abide by the privacy rules required to gain access to public records, then click on the box next to the words “I have read, understand and agree to the terms, conditions, and limitations noted above” and press the “Continue” button.
Click on the “Person” option. If you wanted access to public court records associated with companies in the state, you could select “Company,” but for the purpose of finding an arrest warrant, you need to select “Person.”
Enter the name of the individual for whose arrest warrant you are searching. If you know the exact last name, click on the box next to the words “Exact Match on Last Name.”
Select “Defendant” from the pull-down menu if a bench warrant has been issued. If you do not get any results from selecting “Defendant,” select “Other” to widen the search.
If you know the Case Type (such as a traffic case) and Court System (such as circuit court) then click on the circle next to the appropriate word. Otherwise, click on the circle next to the words “All Case Types” and “Both Circuit and District Courts.”
Select the county where the violation occurred or the arrest warrant was issued.
Leave the Filing Date section blank, as it does not apply to arrest warrants.
Click on the “Search” button. All cases and warrants associated with the name and information you imputed will be shown on the following page.
You can obtain Iowa criminal history data, which includes arrest warrants, through the Iowa Department of Public Safety. The state maintains a criminal history check website and allows you to request arrest data by mail, fax or in person. The depth of the criminal record depends on whether you're looking for your own arrest warrants or are searching on behalf of someone else. It may also depend on the nature of the case because access to certain criminal records are restricted by Iowa law.
Free Vs. for a Fee
Warrant information is generally a matter of public record and can be obtained for a fee of $15 with the Iowa Department of Public Safety's Division of Criminal Investigation, or DCI. The fee applies to each last name you inquire about. To find free warrant information for a particular Iowa town or city, contact or search the website of the court or law enforcement agency within the town or city jurisdiction.
Iowa Criminal History Record Checks Website
The official website of the DCI allows you to query criminal history data, including arrest warrants, to the extent that the warrant information can be legally released to the public. For example, an arrest warrant issued in relation to divorce cases, juveniles or domestic violence cases may not be a matter of public record and so would not be available through the website. In some cases, you may need to provide a waiver signed by the subject of your request to retrieve complete arrest warrant information. You must accept the terms of the DCI's user agreement to place an order for a criminal history records check.
Request in Writing
Download the DCI's request form and a billing form in PDF or Word format from the website. You must complete a separate request form for each last name, but one billing form covers multiple requests, although the fee is charged per each name. The DCI will only mail or fax results to you within the U.S. Send the forms, along with payment, to the DCI address or fax number provided on the request form.
Visit the DCI with your driver's license or passport in hand if you're trying to find warrant information on someone else. When you are not the subject of the inquiry, you must leave the request forms and payment with the office for processing, rather than obtaining an immediate record. Beware that requesting arrest warrant information for yourself in person is risky – you may be arrested if you have outstanding warrants. The DCI office is located at 215 East 7th St., Des Moines, Iowa.
Arrest warrants in the Peach State are public record unless the criminal record is sealed or restricted under Georgia law. You can find an arrest warrant by checking local law enforcement and court websites, which maintain current databases. If they do not, you can call the court that issues arrest warrants in the jurisdiction where the person committed the offense.
Searching Local Law Enforcement Records
Many sheriff's offices, police departments and other law enforcement agencies throughout Georgia maintain lists of wanted persons online, for the public to view or search free of charge. The method of display and searching varies; some may require you to input a full name, and others might display only a list of people with outstanding arrest warrants or their most wanted criminals. For example, the Atlanta Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency maintains a database of the city's most wanted fugitives, including mug shots. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office offers an online list of its wanted persons, without photos.
Checking Court Websites
The official website of the state of Georgia advises that you call your municipal court to find out the status of arrest warrants in your own name. To find warrants for someone you know, you may have to search multiple court websites or call the court in jurisdictions where the subject of your search lives or has lived or where the offense was committed. A court clerk can describe policies and direct you to resources for obtaining warrant information, as they vary among jurisdictions. Note that sometimes only the person involved in the warrant can gain access to that warrant information.
Third-Party Websites Find Warrants
A third-party website may look up outstanding warrants in Georgia, often for free. It may also offer memberships and subscriptions to persons who want to look up multiple criminal records or obtain warrant information, instantly. These vendors access public records within Georgia and sift through various databases to dig up warrant information; however, the warrant information and availability of a warrant through such websites isn't guaranteed.