The Magistrate Court for Horry County is charged with issuing arrest warrants for crimes that occur within the county. A judge must not sign a warrant until after receiving an affidavit detailing the facts establishing a crime has been committed. For the probable cause element to be met, the affidavit must also show that the suspect likely committed the crime in question. Once the Magistrate is satisfied with sufficient cause, he will sign the arrest warrant directing law enforcement officers to arrest and detain the defendant for a hearing. An online indexing system for cases makes searching for arrest records in Horry County easier.
Warrant searches for Horry County, SC
To begin a warrant search, start with the office that issues the warrant – the Magistrate’s Office. Because several Magistrate Courts serve Horry County, searching for active warrants could be difficult unless you know the office that issued the warrant. If you do not know the judge who signed the arrest warrant, you may want to search for an open criminal case through the Horry County Public Index system. The Magistrate Court records will be located under “Summary Court” and searched by name or filing date. You may also want to search court records with the Circuit Court, as some warrants may be transferred to this court.
Horry County Sheriff’s Office
The Horry County Sheriff’s Office serves the people of Horry County by providing resources and assistance to various law enforcement agencies. The deputies ensure the safety of Horry County citizens in courts, communities, and custody. The sheriff’s office oversees court security, civil process, the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, and handles criminal warrants and sex offender registration.
You can search for outstanding warrants at the Horry County Sheriff’s Office. The office is located in the Horry County Government & Justice Center at 1301 Second Avenue, Conway, SC 29526. The office can help you with information about criminal history searches, outstanding warrants, and inmate searches.
Can I get any information about Horry County arrests and active warrants over the phone? (2023)
Think of this as the means to get limited criminal history information, which would serve as the prelude to a full-blown inquiry into the possible criminal past of your subject. To get in touch with the agencies:
- Use the phone number of the Administrative Division of the Sheriff’s Office (843-915-5450) to provide a crime tip, learn about possible warrants against the subject, and find out more about initiating a criminal background search.
- Call the Detention Center (843-915-5140) to know about a person who has been recently arrested, i.e. within the last 24 hours, and about release on bond.
- If you are the victim of a crime, contact the Victim Services Division at (843) 915-6915.
- Contact the Clerk of Court for judicial records, information on paying traffic tickets, court dates, and details about jury duty (843-915-5080).
Horry County, SC crime rates
When you compare the trends for violent crime and property crime for 2018 and 2019, it becomes obvious that a decline in the other counters the rise in one. Fortunately for the residents, the area’s violent crime rate plunged by well over 100 incidents.
In contrast, the property crime category added over 200 incidents to its annual average. In the most recent year, over 1600 violent crimes and nearly 13,000 property crimes were reported in Horry County.
Horry County ranked first for the highest crime rates compared to nine other South Carolina counties from 1999 through 2008. The county experienced a sharp increase in the number of crimes between 2003 and 2004. Crime rates more than doubled from about 8,000 crimes in 2003 to more than 18,000 in 2004.