A person can only be booked for a crime when he is arrested while in the act or as he is trying to leave the scene of the incident after having committed it. However, this cannot always be accomplished as some criminal matters require investigation before the case can be closed and the name of the suspect emerges. In this case, an active warrant from Washington County, Illinois is a requisite for taking the accused into custody.
For this reason, police have been given the right to approach the judiciary when they need arrest warrants. However, this can only be done when the proof collected is enough to be put down in black and white and submitted in court for the perusal of the judiciary. The court ensures that the evidence is indeed adequate to establish culpability.
While the charges do not have to be proven at this point, if a Washington County active warrant has been granted to the police, it is indicative of the fact that the judiciary did find merit in the matter. All arrest orders that cannot be executed immediately become outstanding warrants when they are included in the databases maintained by the sheriff's department and the FBI. Bear in mind that the office of the sheriff also maintains a list of the Washington County's most wanted
Apart from this agency, the office of the magistrate that actually issues the arrest warrants also has information pertaining to them. Arrest records from the county and the state can also be sought through the office of the Washington County clerk. This agency prepares the court dockets and maintains a repository of these trial records. This database can be accessed by visiting the justice center of Washington County. So, for a warrant search, you can go through:
- The office of the sheriff: 245 N Kaskaskia, Nashville, Illinois 62263
- The office of the magistrate: 1101 E. St Louis St, Nashville, IL 62263
- The office of the clerk of court: As given above
Nearly 120 criminal incidents were reported in Washington County, IL in 2011. Of these, almost 20% were acts that could be categorized as violent while property crimes contributed almost 35 cases to this figure. Theft and assault had the highest occurrence rate of all crime categories with 23 and 25 complaints filed in such matters in the year mentioned.