Magistrate Courts in Florence County issue arrest warrants after a finding of probable cause.To find probable cause, a Magistrate must review a sworn affidavit provided by a law enforcement officer and conclude that it is reasonable to believe the alleged suspect committed a crime.Once signed, the warrant becomes active and law enforcement officers may arrest the suspect on the charges contained in the warrant.Once the warrant has been executed, the suspect will be brought before the judge for a hearing.
Florence County arrest records and warrants
To begin a warrant search in Florence County, access the Public Index system online for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. Here you can search by name, case type or action type to get information about pending or closed civil and criminal cases in Florence County.Once you find an outstanding warrant, you can follow up with the Magistrate Court that issued the warrant for more information.To obtain copies of arrest records for cases that have been transferred to the Circuit Court, you would contact the Florence County Clerk of Court.
Florence County Sheriff's Office
To request a criminal background history for an individual in Florence County, contact the Records Division of the Florence County Sheriff's Office (FCSO).There will be a fee based on the search and the number of arrests located.If you want to check the current bookings, you can view these by date on the Sheriff's website. The FCSO also maintains a "Most Wanted" list on its website that contains pictures and charges pending for the county's most wanted fugitives.
Crime statistics for Florence County, SC
When compared to nine other SC counties, Florence ranked number one for the highest number of crimes reported from 1999 through 2008.Approximately 66,700 crimes were reported during that time with about 14% of those crimes being deemed violent.Florence County's crime rate more than doubled in 2004 to over 9,600 crimes for that year alone.