Winnebago County, Illinois Arrest Warrants Search

Illinois Arrest Records and Warrant Search

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An arrest warrant is issued in Winnebago County, Illinois, only in response to the filing of a written petition in the criminal court by the Sheriff’s or the District Attorney’s Office. Once granted, a warrant authorizes police officials to arrest, question, and detain a person until he/she is released on a bail bond.

A warrant for arrest differs significantly from summons, bench, and search warrants. For one, an arrest warrant never expires; it can only be issued by a federal or state level criminal court. The order is never issued unless a local law enforcement agency requests its issuance with an affidavit.

For an arrest warrant to be issued in Winnebago County, the petition filed in court should offer information on the charges under which the individual is being arrested and evidence, witnesses in the case. A signed arrest order, which is also known as an active arrest warrant, will mention the name, age, and gender of the person against whom it has b been issued, the date and place where it has been issued, possibly the bail amount and the names of the officers who are being granted the authority to make the arrest.

Of course, any peace officer from the issuing country or elsewhere in the country can take a person who has a warrant against him/her into custody. If the person in question cannot be arrested for whatever reason, the case is deemed to be pending, and the order takes on a new name- an outstanding warrant. Don’t let the terminology difference fool you. An outstanding warrant forms a sufficient basis for an arrest.

If you are looking for arrest records, contact the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office in person by visiting them at 650 West State Street, Rockford, IL 61101. An alternate source of information for a warrant search is an exhaustive online database, which can be accessed by filling the form above.


Can you get any information pertaining to Winnebago County warrants and arrest over the phone? (2021-Update) 

  • For information on recent, dial the phone number of Jail Bookings- 815-319-6614.
  • For general jail-related information and an inmate search, call Corrections at 815-319-6600.
  • For general inquiries, get in touch with the Sheriff’s Office at 815-319-6000.
  • For information on arrest warrants, call the Warrants Unit at 815-319-6130.
  •  For reporting someone with an active warrant in his/her name, call 815-319-6170
  • For victim’s assistance (domestic violence), call the Sheriff’s Office at 815-319-6200 or 815-319-6203.
  • For victim’s services and information on order of protection, contact the Winnebago County State Attorney’s Office at 815-319-4700.
  • For police reports, accident reports, arrest records, and criminal records, get in touch with the Records Division at 815-319-6100.


Crime Statistics of Winnebago County, IL

The 5% drop in the annual crime rate of Winnebago County failed to make a splash, as the area still clocked around 640 criminal complaints in 2019. Of these cases, 517 were against property crimes while 123 were against violent crimes.

At 313 cases through the year, larceny-theft had the highest occurrence frequency of all property crimes while aggravated assault with 85 complaints had the highest rate in the violent crimes category. However, rape cases with 40 incidents reported through the year are also fast turning into a point of worry.

There has been a staggering rise in the number of violent crimes reported in Winnebago County, IL. The figure which stood at less than 1000 in 1999 has swelled to over 2000 by 2008. The overall crime rate has also increased by nearly 8%.

The spike in the number of violent crimes is reflected in the fact that a crime is committed in the county every 41 minutes. Of the almost 125,500 crimes reported in the decade, over 14,000 were violent, while over 83000 were theft and robbery-related.

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