In Livingston, MI, only the magistrate's court has the authority to issue active arrest warrants. However, this condition is only applicable to arrest orders which are sought in criminal matters. A tribunal with civil jurisdiction may also issue an order for detention when a subpoena is not honored or an individual fails to show up in court; such orders are known as bench warrants and the police play no part in their issue.
Arrest records and information on all outstanding warrants from Livingston County are maintained by the judicial system in the county as well the local police department. So, you can approach either agency for a warrant search. However, remember that you will have to visit their respective offices in person to access such information.
To receive these records from the sheriff's department, head to 150 S Highlander Way, Howell, Michigan 48843. The advantage of using the criminal database maintained by the law enforcement agency is that you will get every bit of detail on any and all unscrupulous acts the subject was ever involved in, unless these records have been expunged.
Of course, the judiciary is also a reliable source of information on arrest warrants; after issue, the warrant is first stored electronically with the office of the magistrate and even after its execution the documents is filed back in the court. To avail this information from the judiciary, go to 210 S Highlander Way, Howell, MI 48843.
You can also approach the office of the county clerk of Kent for the very same information. The advantage here is that you will also get details on involvement in civil matters apart from criminal cases. The clerk of court works out of 200 East Grand River, Howell, Michigan 48843.
Through the ten year period from 1999 to 2008, an estimated 16,000 crimes were reported in Livingston County, MI and only about 6% of these were violent acts. This puts the annual crime rate at just about 1600 incidents and of these barely 1 is a case of homicide.