The McHenry County Sheriff’s department can get an arrest warrant against a suspect by appealing to the local criminal court with a writ petition that furnishes crucial information relating to the case, including the nature of the felony; name, age, and gender of the suspect and evidence along with eyewitness testimonies.
This information is provided to the criminal court’s magistrate, who signs the arrest order only after every fact is duly analyzed. When issuing an arrest warrant, the magistrate’s responsibility is to ensure enough evidence for the state to file an accusatory instrument against the person.
A signed arrest order that authorizes the police officers from McHenry County, whose names are mentioned in the warrant and other law enforcement officials, to take an individual into custody is legally referred to as an active warrant.
An active warrant is deemed to be outstanding if an arrest is not made under its provisions for some time. However, just because an active warrant becomes an outstanding arrest warrant does not mean it is any less effective. The person in question still can and will be arrested even several years after the active warrant has been made outstanding.
The most accurate source of information on arrest records in McHenry is the local Sheriff’s Department. The record’s clerk in the office can be contacted in person or over the phone. The Sheriff’s office’s address is McHenry County Government Center, 2200 N. Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098. Alternatively, give them a call on 815-338-2144. You can also fill the form above for an online warrant search.
Given the violent crime range in Illinois, McHenry County, with over 1400 incidents of violent crime recorded each year, figures bang in the middle of the list. The overall rate of crime has gone down in the county between 1999 and 2010. Of the total number of crimes reported per 100,000, thefts were most familiar with over 1400 reports, while homicide-related cases were comparatively lower at just about 3 reported incidents.