Shelby County Warrants and Arrest Records Search

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The magistrate’s office is just one of the places you can go to for an arrest warrant search in Shelby County, IA. It will help understand the process used to release active warrants to know how and why this agency is viable for any criminal history inquiry.

Once a criminal act occurs, the police are notified of this. They investigate the crime and make arrests if the perpetrators can be picked up from the crime scene or right after committing the transgression. In case of felonies, the police only need to have reasonable cause to apprehend the accused; they don’t necessarily need an active warrant.

However, if such a directive is required, they go to the court with the case-related information offered in an affidavit form. The magistrate studies the evidence and witness testimony to ensure that this information is enough to convince any person of reasonable mind about the accused’s guilt.

An arrest warrant from Shelby County is only deemed valid after the magistrate signs the order. The police and the magistrate thus hold information on this directive. The county clerk’s office is also added to the mix because this agency’s deputies are present during the session to record the court dockets.

It should also be mentioned here that the magistrate’s office issues active warrants and other judicial provisions like bench orders, search warrants, subpoenas, and summons. So, you can find information on all of these if you initiate an inquiry into Shelby County arrest records and outstanding warrants through the office of the judge. These agencies work out of:

  • The sheriff’s department: 612 Court, Harlan, Iowa 51537
  • The magistrate’s court: Given above
  • The county clerk’s office: PO Box 67, Harlan, Iowa 51537

How do you inquire about active warrants and recent arrests from Shelby County over the phone? (2021-current)  

  • Contact the sheriff’s Office at 712- 755-5026 for arrest records and a warrant search
  • Contact the Scott County Attorney’s Office at 712-733-1122 for victim support and information.
  • Call the Clerk of Court at 712-755-5543 for a criminal case search

Crime statistics of Shelby County

The Shelby Sheriff’s Office handled 17 criminal complaints in 2019, compared to 30 in 2018. Of these, 14 were property offenses, and 3 were violent offenses. The reported crimes included: 7 larceny-thefts, 6 burglaries, 1 auto theft, and 3 aggravated assaults.

Older crime statistics

Shelby County, Iowa, is another low crime area of the state, with crime rates rarely crossing even into the 60 incident level. Unfortunately, it not possible to make a crime comparison for the area because incident figures are only available for one year. It is known that almost 50% of all criminal acts occur when the victim is close to his workplace or home.

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