The judges in Magistrate Court, upon the sworn affidavits and complaints received by officers and individuals, sign arrest warrants for Cherokee County.Once a judge signs a warrant, it is transferred to law enforcement agencies for execution as an active warrant.While it is better that an officer has an active warrant before making an arrest, officers in South Carolina can arrest a suspect without a warrant if the officer is a witness to the crime.The exception is if the crime is a felony.If the officer has probable cause to believe a suspect committed a felony, he may arrest the suspect without a warrant and without witnessing the crime.
Cherokee County courts and records
To look for criminal records and active cases in Cherokee County, use the Seventh Circuit's Index .Information about court cases for both Magistrate Court and Circuit Court can be found by searching records through the public index.Narrow your search by selecting a particular action type or case type such as "warrants" or "criminal cases."Once you find an open criminal case, you can request more information by calling the Magistrate that issued the warrant.For cases that have been transferred to the Circuit Court, you should contact the Clerk's office for more information.
Warrant searches and outstanding warrants
To request details regarding outstanding warrants or to ask for a criminal background check, you must contact the Sheriff's Office for Cherokee County.From the Sheriff's website, you can also get a list of the county's Most Wanted fugitives and information on cold cases.There is also an inmate search for those wanting to get information on current inmates.
Cherokee County, SC crime statistics
Between 2000 and 2008, approximately 18,400 crimes were committed in Cherokee county with almost one-half of the crimes occurring less than one mile from the victim's home.Most of the crimes that occurred during this time were theft or burglary related.Overall crime rates rose by about eighty-five percent during this time.