In Greenville County, arrest warrants are issued through the magistrate’s court. A law enforcement officer may appear before a magistrate to swear out a warrant; however, before issuing a warrant, the magistrate must have information that has been given under oath that plainly and substantially sets forth the offense charged. The complaint submitted by the law enforcement officer should be in writing, and the magistrate should remind the officer that the penalty for perjury attaches to all facts alleged in the affidavit. This complaint and affidavit then become a part of the active warrant and part of the arrest record.
Warrant searches in Greenville County, SC
If you know the general location where the crime was committed or where the defendant might reside, you can contact the magistrate court for that jurisdiction to inquire about any active warrants. You may also search for current and closed court records through the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s Public Index Search. This is a free, online service offered by the court and available to the public. Choose “Summary Court” to search Magistrate Court cases and choose “Circuit Court” to search for criminal cases that have been referred to the Greenville County Circuit Court. If you need copies from a court case, you will need to visit the Clerk of Court for Greenville County. The office is located in the county courthouse at 305 E. North Street, Greenville, SC 29601 (telephone: 864-467-8551).
Once an arrest warrant is signed, it is transferred to the local law enforcement agency for execution. To search through arrest records to find out about the status of an arrest warrant, you should contact one of the public information officers for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. You can inquire about active warrants and outstanding warrants (an arrest warrant that has been issued but has been unable to be served). Through Crime Stoppers, you can search through unsolved cases and the county’s most-wanted list. The Sheriff’s Office also maintains a list of sex offenders within the county.
Crime statistics for Greenville Count, SC
Between 1999 and 2008, Greenville County had a significant increase in crime rates. In 2004, crime rates more than doubled within the county (increasing from about 7,000 per year to over 20,000 per year). Of the nearly 130,000 crimes reported during this period, 15% of the crimes were violent in nature, and over 60% of crimes were theft-related.