Unlike the other geographical divisions of IA State, in Poweshiek County an arrest warrant search is possible online and that too through the website of the sheriff. In fact, the police offer a detailed list of all outstanding warrants released in the area through their portal. The thing to understand here is that the issue of an arrest order is not a confirmation of guilt.
Arrest warrants are issued in response to a petition brought before the local criminal tribunal by the police. This affidavit states that a criminal incident has occurred, gives details about it to the judiciary, explains the evidence and how it points to the culpability of the accused and provides information on the suspect.
The police do not have to prove beyond a doubt that the accused is guilty; all that needs to be done at this point is show that there is enough evidence against this person to link him to the criminal act in question. If the magistrate can find reasonable cause an active warrant is granted.
This is then used to make arrests as soon as possible. Those orders for detention that cannot be served get stored in the police database for future use. These orders do not go out of effect. You can find information on Poweshiek County arrest records and outstanding warrants from the following agencies.
- The sheriff: 4802 Barnes City Rd, PO Box 297, Montezuma, Iowa 50171
- The magistrate: 302 W Main St, Montezuma, IA 50171
- The clerk of court: PO Box 656, Montezuma, Iowa 50171
- Online outstanding warrant list: http://www.poweshiekcosheriff.com/warrants.htm
In Poweshiek County, Iowa almost 340 criminal matters are brought to light every year and nearly 6% of the complaints are lodged in matters pertaining to violent crime. Over the years, there has been a slow but steady increase in the crime rates of the area with overall criminal activity showing a growth of almost 36%.