An arrest order is simply a judicial document that authorizes the police to detain a person for questioning; present him/her in front of the court for a bail hearing and to face trial for crimes committed.
Although a warrant is issued by the judiciary at the sole discretion of sitting magistrate of a criminal court in Lafayette County, LA, the police department gets the ball rolling by making a formal request for a warrant.
If the Sherriff’s Department has probable cause to suspect an individual in a felony or misdemeanor, a representative of the law enforcement agency approaches the court with a written statement that explains probable cause for the crime and also for an individual’s involvement in the occurrence.
Any available witness testimony and evidence are crucial at this point as they will be closely analyzed before an arrest order is issued. In most cases, the judge will only consider the writ for the issuance of a warrant; however, in some scenarios, the magistrate may ask to speak with the witnesses.
A signed document thus released which authorizes the police to arrest the person in whose name it has been issued carries the legal term- active arrest warrant. If for some reason, this warrant is not used to make an arrest, it goes through a change in terminology and is then known as an outstanding arrest warrant which is stored in the national database of crime.
All information on active and outstanding warrants issued in Lafayette County, Louisiana can be found with the Sherriff’s Department. You can walk in to request a warrant search at 316 W Main St, Lafayette, Louisiana 70501. Call them ahead of your visit, so you know the procedure that you will be expected to follow before you are handed the arrest records. A less cumbersome approach is to simply fill the form given above for an online search.
The annual crime average for Lafayette was observed to be at approximately 9000 incidents starting in 1999 upto 2008. Of these occurrences, more than 10% were of violent nature. The ten year crime figures of the county were calculated to be around 92,000 incidents with nearly 100 murders and 1100 sexual assaults included in these statistics.
However, the truly alarming numbers come from thefts and robberies with an unprecedented average of almost 63,000 cases. All in all, nearly 24 criminal complaints are lodged in the area every day and in the majority of these incidents, the victim is no more than a mile from his home or office when he/she is targeted.