Hancock County, Illinois Arrest Records and Warrants

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An active arrest warrant from Hancock County, Illinois, gives police the authority to arrest a person from any place without any restrictions of time placed on this detention. However, once a person is taken into custody, he/she cannot be held in the county jail indefinitely. The law dictates that such detentions should end as soon as the accused can be presented in court for a bail hearing.

From this point onwards, how the accused is treated in terms of custody is entirely at the judiciary’s discretion. For instance, if the alleged offender has prior arrest records in Hancock and there is a genuine risk that he might skip bail on release, in all likelihood, such a high-risk criminal will be denied bail. Another approach that the court might take is to set the bail amount exceptionally high.

It is not uncommon for tribunals to demand that the offender pay a few thousand or even a million dollars to secure his release. The situation gets quite grim for the suspects if the outstanding warrant against him was left to languish in the system for a long time, and it is only by chance that his arrest occurred. Once again, such a person will be deemed untrustworthy, and bail may be denied.

Once you understand how the warrant issue and bail hearing process works, it is easy to see why it is highly recommended that you look for any arrest warrants that might exist against you in the Hancock County police database. To undertake such a warrant search, you can ask your legal representative to visit:

  • The office of the sheriff: 98 Buchanan, Carthage, Illinois 62321
  • The court of the magistrate: 500 Main St, Carthage, IL 62321
  • The county clerk’s department: PO Box 39, Carthage, Illinois 62321

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

  • For arrest records, police reports, accident reports, information on arrest warrants and criminal records, call the Sheriff’s Office at 217-357-2115.
  • For victim’s assistance, call the State Attorney’s Office at (217)357-3916.
  • For information on filing a request for a criminal background search, call the Office of the Clerk of Court at (217)357-2616.


Crime Statistics of Hancock County, IL

Over 120 crimes were reported in Hancock County in 2018. This annual average comprised fewer than 10 cases of violent crimes and over 115 matters pertaining to property crimes. Nearly 90 complaints in the property crimes category were attributed to larceny-thefts while burglary led to the filing of around 30 complaints. Save for one complaint against rape, all other cases filed in the violent crimes category were against aggravated assault.

Hancock County, Illinois, has a very high-risk burglary rate, which stands at 48 against the national average of 100 and the statewide risk level of 86. Followed closely by burglary is larceny with a risk index of 32, while robbery and assault trail far behind with risk rate levels of just 1 and 4.

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