Ohio Warrant Information
An Ohio Warrant can be issued against an individual if there is enough reasons to believe that the individual has committed an offense. An Ohio warrant for arrest or a summon in lieu of a warrant can be issued by the magistrate, judge, clerk of the court or a designated officer of the court. The law enforcement wing of the state of Ohio has the authority to execute it.
The authority which issues a summon in place of a warrant acting on the request given by the prosecuting attorney only when the issuance of such summons appears to be a calculated reason to ensure the subject’s or the defendant’s appearance.
Information Contained in a Warrant
The Ohio warrants contain details about the name of the defendant, or if there is a lack of information about the name of the defendant any physical description by which the defendant can be identified with certainty. It also describes the nature of the offense charged as per the complaint lodged. The copy of the complaint lodged with the law enforcement should be attached to the Ohio warrant.
If the situation is such that the Ohio warrant issue is issued after the initial appearance of the defendant or the defendant has failed to appear initially, then the warrant shall command that the subject or the defendant to be arrested.
Ohio Warrant and Summon Forms
The warrant forms are provided as mentioned in the “Rule 4(C)(1)” and it should be signed by the issuing court or the clerk of the court. The offense committed must be described in the information or the indictment. The indictment or the information copy should be attached to the warrant which shall command the law enforcement agencies to arrest the subject or the defendant to be brought before the court which issues the warrants without delay.
Types of Ohio Warrants
The Ohio warrants are issued on the basis of certain instances. There are four situations under which an Ohio warrant can be issued.
- If an individual have been subjected to a citation or ticket and have failed to appear for the first time in front of the court for hearing. If the individual who has failed to appear in front of the court for a hearing on traffic violation or any criminal offense has been subjected to a warrant can report to the respective department of the county courthouse.
- If one fails to appear at pretrial conference or any court trial such as if the individual appeared in front of the court for a hearing initially and pled not guilty but failed to appear for the next scheduled hearing. If the defendant have been subjected to a warrant resulting from the failure to appear at pretrial conference or trial and he wants to reschedule the hearing date and also interested to know in front of which judge he is going to appear for the hearing, he can get the required information by calling the Judge’s office at your local courthouse.
- An Ohio warrant is also issued if you fail to comply with the law. This kind of situation arrives only when an individual does not adhere to any order given by the judge of the courts at the time of hearing, like reports as required for probation, programs that needs to be done and instances of failure to appear for incarceration and others. If you want the withdrawal of such Ohio warrants which have arrived for failure to adhere to the court orders, then you can directly speak with the staff’s of the sentencing Judge.
- Ohio warrants are also issued if you are a defaulter of any fine imposed on you by the court for being found guilty of any crime as per the required payment schedule. If you are subjected to these kinds of warrants due to failure of payment as per the norms of the court, then you can report to the central payment department of the courts in person.
You can get the details of the process that needs to be followed from http://www.daytonmunicipalcourt.org/ if you are a subject of any of these warrants which adhere to the criminal procedure rules in the state of Ohio.
Tracking Warrant Records in Ohio
If you want to track the warrant records in Ohio, the easier and the fastest way to do that is to call or accessing the local police department or the courthouse of the counties. You can call and check with the warrant division of these departments about the outstanding arrest warrants status. It is also necessary to know the county in which the person about whom you are searching was arrested.
Once you have the knowledge of the place of arrest, you can visit the local courthouse or the county courthouse for further information. You can get the information about the warrant records from the Ohio Supreme Court’s official website http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/. The website also holds the link of the official websites of the county courthouses.
Expungement of the Records
All Ohio warrant records cannot be expunged or erased specially felony offenses like murder or rape. But misdemeanor records can be expunged if you pay the requisite fine or charges, as mentioned by the court. In case of multiple felonies it is impossible to erase these records. If anybody succeeds in erasing these records from the public records then also it remains on the NCIC which is maintained by the federal agencies. The Ohio law enforcement division will have the complete records.
Unlike the traffic tickets, felonies have no time limit to be removed from the record. But in cases where you have been wrongly accused for an offense and a warrant have been issued against you, then you can provide a petition to get your warrant record expunged or erased.