Prior to conducting an arrest warrant search in Hancock County, WV, it would help to understand the process used for the issue of these detention orders and how arrests are effected by the police. It would be a grave folly to assume that cops can only nab a suspect if they have an active warrant in their hands.
Warrantless arrests are considered legal at least as far as felonies are concerned. Even when the matter in question is a misdemeanor, offenders can be detained when a police officer is a witness to the crime. Another popular situation in which a person can be detained on the spot is if he is found to be in possession of illicit substances including narcotics and/or ammunition during a routine stop and search.
In all other cases, an active warrant will have to be sought. In fact, even when the police are dealing with an absconder or a person who has failed to show up at a court session, the court will have to issue a bench warrant to legalize the detention. As far as Hancock County arrest warrants go, these are issued by the magistrate’s court but a request has to be placed for them by the office of the sheriff.
When you start a search for outstanding warrants from Hancock County, you will not only be told about pending detention directives but also you will get information on all arrest records in the name of the subject. For such an inquiry, you will have to write/go to:
- The sheriff’s: 102 N Court St, New Cumberland, West Virginia 26047
- The magistrate’s: Given above
- The county clerk’s: PO Box 367, New Cumberland, West Virginia 26047
The annual crime rate of Hancock County, West Virginia stands at almost 200 incidents of which nearly 20 are violent criminal incidents. These figures are set to increase in the near future if the rise of over 30% in violent crime and that of nearly 35% in reported crime are considered.