For Union County, IA, arrest warrant searches may provide education on the county and its functions. From 2002 through 2008, there were close to fourteen hundred crimes reported, about 10% of which were violent. The vast majority of the crimes, however, involved matters such as thefts. Many arrest warrants come into being because of criminal complaints filed regarding crimes such as those previously cited. The crime statistics are there, but what of the actual numbers of arrest warrants, arrest records, and criminal records generated each year in Union County, Iowa?
One place to try is the Union County Sheriff. The office’s contact information is as follows:
- Email:[email protected]
- Telephone 641-782-7717
- Fax 641-782-8404
- Mail:302 North Pine Street, Creston, IA50801
Unfortunately, although the county sheriff does have a webpage as part of its website, http://www.unioncountyiowa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=55&Itemid=62there is no online list of outstanding warrants available there. However, arrest warrants do eventually reach the sheriff’s office. When a criminal matter starts, it begins with a criminal complaint, which charges an individual with a specific public offense. This can be a misdemeanor or a felony. Warrants rarely issued unless there is a criminal complaint filed.
For information on arrest records and criminal backgrounds, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is a promising source. The DCI site should have criminal history records for arrests made in severe misdemeanors and felonies. The DCI’s Support Operations Bureau Records and Identification Unit maintains Iowa’s criminal history records. A criminal history record includes data on arrests, court decisions, and where an inmate is housed within the prison system. According to the DCI site, http://www.dps.state.ia.us/DCI/index.shtml, criminal history records are public information. However, although they provide an online service for obtaining information, the communication is limited to what is releasable without a signed waiver from the search subject. There are ways to get information on arrests and criminal backgrounds without a release. Still, the results are limited as no arrest information over 1 ½ years old is included, nor anything about deferred judgments. Thus, if only recent news on Union County warrants is required, DCI may prove helpful.