The process used for the issue of active warrants in Antrim County, Michigan follows a strict set of rules. To begin with, the police approach the local, criminal tribunal for arrest warrants when such orders are needed to legally detain people involved in criminal acts.
The Antrim sheriff's deputies can only take a person into custody if he is found to be in the act of committing a crime or if an individual is arrested leaving the crime scene soon after the incident transpired. However, not all matters are open and shut cases. Often, a thorough investigation has to be done before a suspect can be pinpointed.
If an alleged suspect has to be detained for further investigation this can only be done after the issue of an active warrant from an Antrim court. Before a warrant is issued, the police are required to file an affidavit that tells the court of criminal incident and how the accused was involved in it.
This information has to be enough to establish probable cause if a warrant is to be issued. An order of this nature is legally termed as an active warrant soon after it's a release and for a few days thereon. However, if an arrest cannot be effected in a reasonable period, this directive is simply stored in the criminal database of the county, state and country as an outstanding warrant from Antrim County, which can just as easily be executed at a later date.
When a warrant search is done through any of the justice entities listed below, the applicants is offered information on Antrim County arrest records as well as outstanding orders for detention. The agencies can be contacted in person or through mail at:
- Police: PO Box 568, 107 Grove St, Bellaire, Michigan 49615
- Clerk of court: PO Box 520, Bellaire, Michigan 49615
- Magistrate: 205 E Cayuga St, Bellaire, MI 49615
Just about 200 cases of crime occur in Antrim County, MI on an annual basis. So, for the period from 2001 to 2008, the total crime average stood at approximately 1600 incidents of which 5% were attributed to violent crimes. The lower than normal rate of violent criminal acts is a result of the over 150% drop that was seen in the incident rates of this crime category.