Coles County, IL Warrants and Arrest Records

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If someone you know commits a crime in Coles County, you can locate information about the arrest warrant and the open court case by searching the public records for Coles County. There are several resources to search for arrest warrants in Coles County, including the Sheriff’s Office and the county courts. To ensure that you find all of the information available about an arrest warrant, you should search both offices’ records. Arrest warrants are issued by judges serving in the courts within Coles County. Those active warrants are transferred to the Sheriff’s Office for service. Simply knowing where to look for arrest warrants is the first step in performing a warrant search.

The first place to search is the case search engine for Coles County. Through this online index, the public can search for court cases filed in Coles County. If you find an active criminal case, you should contact the Court’s Clerk to get copies of court records or get more information. You can visit the office at 6th and Jackson in Charleston, IL 61920 (telephone: 217-348-0516). Remember that the staff cannot offer legal advice about any case but only direct you on how to search the public records for arrest warrants.

To continue your warrant search, check with the Coles County Sheriff’s Department for outstanding warrants. A warrant will remain outstanding until it has been served or canceled by a court order. The Coles County Sheriff does not have a complete list of outstanding warrants on its website; however, there is a list of the county’s most wanted fugitives. To get copies of arrest records, you must contact the Sheriff’s Department in person at 701 7th Street in Charleston, IL 61920.


How do you get information on Coles County arrests and warrants over the phone? (2021-Update)              

  • To find out about recent arrests, dial the phone number of the Coles County Sheriff’s Department– 217-348-7332.
  • To report a person who has an outstanding warrant against him/her or to know more about initiating a warrant search, call the agency at 217-348-0585.
  • To learn the procedure for a local criminal background check, call the Records Division at (217) 348-7332.
  • To access court dockets and to know more about the process of accessing judicial records, contact the Circuit Clerk at 217-348-0516.
  • To contact Victim/Witness Services, call the State Attorney’s Office at 217-348-0561.


Coles County, IL crime data

On average, the Coles County Sheriff’s Office handles 110 complaints every year. The bulk of these, at over 90 incidents, are cases of property crimes. This category includes such offenses as larceny-theft (more than 60 cases) and burglary (around 30 complaints) among others. Violent crimes account for no more than 18 complaints each year.

Unfortunately, the Sheriff’s Department for Coles County does not report crime statistics for analysis. However, we know that between 1999 and 2008, the overall rate of crime in Illinois decreased by almost twenty-five percent.

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