An arrest is deemed lawful only in two cases; a person should either be taken into custody when committing the crime or there should be an arrest warrant out against him/her. Like the rest of the country the issue of arrest warrants in Lake County, IL is governed by the statute of limitations which confers certain rights on the arresting officers as well as the person who is being detained.
An arrest warrant can only be issued by a state or federal criminal court and it authorizes the police to use any form of force necessary to restrain the person in question. An active arrest warrant once entered into the nationwide criminal database stays in effect unless an arrest is made. So, even an extremely old warrant for arrest can lead to police detention.
Because an arrest warrant legalizes an arrest, it can be issued at any time of the day or night to facilitate immediate arrest of the alleged criminal. The police are under no obligation to issue a notice informing the person about the arrest warrant against him/her except at the time of detention.
An active arrest warrant is an order of arrest from the magistrate of the local criminal court which is only issued after the admittance of a writ petition that informs the Lake County criminal court of the incident, evidence and suspect. If a person is not arrested for a while after an arrest warrant has been issued against him/her, the warrant is then backlogged and termed as outstanding.
An outstanding arrest warrant will also lead to an arrest even after years of it being issued. So, if you want to conduct a warrant search in the county, get in touch with the Sheriff’s Department with your photo ID and the first and last name of the individual for whom the warrant search is being conducted.
Call on the Lake County Sheriff’s Department at 25 S. Martin Luther King Jr Av, Waukegan, IL 60085 or check out their website at: apps01.lakecountyil.gov/sheriff/pdfs/activewarrant.pdf for arrest records. You can also speak to the records clerk over the phone by dialing 847-377-4000.
The crime rate in Lake County, IL increased marginally between 2008 to 2009 to a little above 20.5 per 1000 people. The area figures on the list of counties with the highest crime rates in Illinois.