In South Carolina, a police officer does not need to have an arrest warrant to make an arrest.However, unless the crime is a felony, he must witness the suspect commit a crime to make an arrest without an active warrant.To search for outstanding warrants, you can contact the county sheriff's office or you can begin by searching county court records online.
Magistrate Court Records
South Carolina Magistrate Court's issue arrest warrants for the county in which they are located.Magistrate Court judges take complaints from officers and individuals requesting arrest warrants.Once the judge issues the warrant, it is transferred to local law enforcement agencies to serve and execute.
To search court records online for Lancaster County, you need to access the Sixth Judicial Circuit's Public Index. Through this system, you can search criminal and civil court records for Lancaster County by name, date, type of case or action type.Once you have found a case, you can obtain copies or more details by contacting the Magistrate Court or the Clerk of Court's Office.
Criminal history searches and warrant searches
To do a warrant search or request a criminal history report, you must contact the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.However, the office will not give out any information about outstanding warrants over the telephone - - you must go in person to the office to request information.You can view a list of the Most Wanted individuals which gives information about some outstanding warrants within the county.
Lancaster County, SC crime statistics
Over an eight-year period from 2001 to 2008, there were about 18,500 crimes committed without Lancaster County.Of these crimes, approximately 2,900 were violent in nature including 21 murders and 188 rapes.The majority of crimes were related to either theft or burglary.During this time, crimes rose in Lancaster County by more than sixty percent.