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.
All of this information is provided to the magistrate of the criminal court who signs the arrest order only after every fact is duly analyzed. When issuing an arrest warrant it is the magistrate’s responsibility to ensure that there is enough evidence in the matter 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 as well as 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 address of the Sheriff’s office is McHenry County Government Center, 2200 N. Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098. Alternatively, give them a call on 815-338-2144. You can also full the form above for an online warrant search.
Given the violent crime range in the state of 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, instances of thefts were most common with over 1400 reports while homicide related cases were comparatively lower at just about 3 reported incidents.