There are two major courts that handle criminal cases in Abbeville County - - the Magistrate Court and the Circuit Court. Most criminal cases begin in the Magistrate Court with some of those cases being transferred to the higher Circuit Court. Magistrate Court judges issue the majority of arrest warrants for Abbeville County. A judge will listen to sworn testimony or review a sworn affidavit from a police officer to verify that there is probable cause to issue an active warrant. Once the warrant is signed, it becomes an outstanding warrant that any officer within the county may execute. To search for warrants and criminal records, you should contact the Sheriff's Office and the courts in Abbeville County.
Abbeville County courts
Records for both the Magistrate Court (also known as the Summary Court) and the Circuit Court are available online through the Public Index for the Eight Judicial Circuit. This provides a summary of each open and closed case that has been filed in Abbeville County. Upon finding an open case, you can contact the Magistrate's office that is handling the case for copies of court records or to obtain more detailed information. If the case originated in the Circuit Court or was transferred to the Circuit Court, you should visit the Clerk of Court's office for copies or information.
Warrant searches and arrest records for Abbeville County
Once arrest warrants have been signed by a judge, they are transferred to the Sheriff's Office for service. A warrant search is not complete unless you check with the Sheriff's Office for any outstanding warrants that have yet to be served. You can also obtain copies of arrest records and request a criminal background report through the Sheriff's Office.
Abbeville County, SC crime rates
From the year 2001 through the year 2008, there was an average of one crime committed in Abbeville County every eleven hours. Of the almost 5,900 crimes committed during this time, about twenty-four percent of those crimes were violent.However, during the 10 years between 1999 and 2008, crimes rates in Abbeville County only increased by approximately thirty-five percent.