The prospect of facing an arrest or seeing one of your loved ones being hauled away in handcuffs is without a doubt daunting. Contrary to popular belief, it is not always the hardened criminals who get arrested, even a simple documentation error or a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time can get an innocent arrested.
So, it is quintessential to have some knowledge of when and how people are arrested along with the workings of court issued arrest warrants even if you are not in any way involved in any illicit activity.
Unless you are caught while being involved in a crime (felony or misdemeanor) or are arrested with illegal substances, the police cannot arrest you without a warrant issued by a criminal court in Orleans County, LA. However, if the judiciary has granted the Sheriff’s Department a warrant against you, it is very likely that there is ample of evidence to hold you culpable for a crime.
Once a warrant is signed by the sitting magistrate of a local criminal court, it becomes an active arrest warrant if such an order has been issued against you, there are very good chances that you will be taken into custody within a few hours or at the most a few days, depending on the nature of your offense.
However, in the rare case, that the police do not come knocking on your door, the arrest order will still stay active in the police system as an outstanding arrest warrant. Just because the terminology used for the arrest order changes, does not mean that it becomes any less potent. It is just a matter of being pulled up even in case of a trivial infraction like a traffic violation and you will get arrested if there is a warrant out against you.
Instead of letting the law enforcement agencies catch you by surprise, it would be far better to simply turn yourself in. This will certainly raise your stock when it comes to the judge who grants you bail.
If you believe that there is a warrant in your name issued in Orleans County, Louisiana, talk to a lawyer about your situation or simply walk into Sherriff’s Office at 2800 Gravier St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119 to turn yourself in. This way, you can promptly be presented for a bail hearing. However, if you are looking for information on somebody you know or want to do a warrant search, call the records clerk on 504-827-8501.
The normal procedure to get arrest records related information entails visiting the Sherriff’s Office. If this is not your favored option, you can always do an online warrant search by filling the form above.
New Orleans has many thriving urban pockets and the crime rate in the county is commensurate with that of any other large urban area in the country at almost 27,000 annual occurrences. However, over the decade starting in 1999, the rate of crime has plunged by well over 100%. If the trend continues, the crime figure in the county may very well fall to 14,000 and lower in the coming years.