Illinois Warrant Information
An Illinois warrant issued by a judge gives the law enforcement authorities the right to arrest and detain an individual. All warrants are issued only in the presence of a ‘probable cause’. This ‘probable cause’ must be present in an affidavit which needs to be signed and sworn. It must state that a particular crime has been committed and the person against whom the warrant has been issued has committed the crime.
Types of Illinois Warrants
There are various types of warrants are issued in the state of Illinois.
An arrest warrant is the most common type of warrant issued by an Illinois court of law. A warrant is required to conduct an arrest in cases of misdemeanor offenses that have been committed not in the presence of a law enforcement officer. This rule is not applicable in case of felonies. Illinois law enforcement agencies have the right to arrest the suspect of a felony, without a warrant, if there is ‘probable cause’.
A warrant may also give the law enforcement agencies the right to conduct a search of a person or property. These are known as search warrants. The search is conducted to locate evidence regarding a particular crime. The law enforcement authorities have the right to seize anything related to the crime as evidence by power of the search warrant issued by a court of law.
A bench warrant is another type of warrant issued by a judge. It is a specific kind of arrest warrant that legalizes the on-sight arrest of an individual. These warrants are issued with regard to both civil and criminal cases. A failure to appear for a court hearing or a failure to pay a traffic ticket on time is the common charges for which a bench warrant may be issued.
The arrest warrant which has not been served attains the status of an outstanding warrant. If the person against whom the arrest warrant was issued is evading the law enforcement agencies on purpose it may lead to the issuance of an outstanding warrant. A backlog in executing arrest warrants or lack of information can also be possible reasons behind the occurrence of an outstanding warrant.
Illinois Warrants: Contents
All Illinois warrants contain the name and last recorded address of the person against whom they are issued. The warrants also have personal details like the age and sex of the individual. The offense details and the date of issuance of the warrant are also mentioned. Other information on a warrant includes the name of the judge and the court as well as the judge’s signature.
After the issuance of a warrant by a judge or magistrate a copy of the document is sent to the local law enforcement authorities. It is their task to execute the warrant and apprehend the person or conduct the search. Another copy of the legal document is kept along with the records of the case. All warrants are part of the court records preserved and maintained by the respective department.
Illinois Warrant Search
The State of Illinois offers warrant information to the legal and judicial units. You can check whether there is any warrant against your name from the local sheriff’s office. The address and contact details of some of the sheriff’s offices of Illinois are as follows:
Cook County: Sheriff’s Office, 50 West Washington, Room 701, Chicago, IL 60602-3002. Phone Number: (312) 603-3365
Lake County: Sheriff's Office, 25 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Waukegan, Illinois 60085. Phone: 847 377 4000. Fax: 847 360 5796
DuPage County, Sheriff's Office, 501-North County Farm Road, Wheaton: Illinois-60187. Warrants Division Phone-630 407 2290
Will County: Warrants Division Phone: 815 740 5552.
You can conduct an online warrant search in Will County, Illinois, as well. This could be done from http://www.willcosheriff.com/pages/warrants/. You can conduct this search on the basis of two criteria: on the basis of the name and on the basis of the city.
Kane County: Sheriff's Office, 37W755 IL Rte. 38, Ste. A St. Charles, IL 60175. Warrants Division Phone: 630-208-2113. Fax: 630-513-6984.
Rock Island County: Sheriff's Office, 1317 3rd Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201. 24 Hour Non-Emergency Phone: (309) 794-1230. Fax: (309) 794-9979. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Winnebago County: Sheriff's Office, 650 W. State St., Rockford, IL 61102-2201. Phone: 815-319-6000
The warrant details of Adams County are available from http://www.co.adams.il.us/sheriff/warrants.htm. The Adams County warrant information is categorized under sub-sections depending on the nature of the crime.
It is a good idea to check for any existing warrants that may be present against your name.
The Illinois Department of Corrections offers information to the public about all offenders who are deemed fugitives of law. The fugitive warrants have been issued against these individuals present in the list of the ‘most wanted’ in Illinois. You can check out the details of each of the offenders featuring on the list from http://www.idoc.state.il.us/subsections/wanted/default.asp.