In Iberia County, LA all arrest warrants are exclusively issued by the magistrate's court; be they orders for detention in a criminal matter, which are known as active arrest warrants or those that have been released in case of misdemeanors and civil cases, which are legally termed as bench warrants.
However, once such a decree for detention is handed over to the police, the sheriff's deputies are in charge of serving the warrant and making an arrest. In fact, it is the law enforcement agency that initiates the process for the issue of arrest warrants by making a formal request to the judiciary.
So, not only can you find information on outstanding warrants and arrest records from their source of issue which is the magistrate's court but also a warrant search can be conducted with the help of the sheriff's department. Another state agency that maintains complete records pertaining to civil and criminal warrants is the office of the clerk of court of Iberia County, LA.
To get in touch with these state entities, you will have to visit:
- The sheriff's office: 300 Iberia St Ste 120, New Iberia, Louisiana 70560. Call them on 337-369-3714 or fax on 337-369-2414
- The magistrate's court: 300 Iberia Street, New Iberia, Louisiana 70560
- The county clerk's office: Court house as above
It is imperative to understand that while all agencies will offer round about the same information when it comes to crime history records, it is the ancillary information that each office can provide which should impact your choice when choosing an agency.
For instance, at the sheriff's office, you can also find information on the most wanted of Iberia County while the magistrate's court can throw light on why a warrant was issued in the first place. Finally, the office of the county clerk will be able to provide insight on both criminal and civil cases.
On an average just about 1000 crimes are reported in Iberia County, Louisianan each year. When the crime rates for the period between 1999 and 2007 were studied, the total incident rate was found to be at almost 9400 cases. Of these, nearly 12% occurrences were violent crimes which included rapes and homicide. However, the bulk of this figure was taken up by complaints of property crimes with approximately 7500 cases lodged over the 9 years.