In South Carolina, before a Magistrate Judge can issue an arrest warrant, he must have an affidavit that sets forth facts to support probable cause. If the affidavit only contains conclusions or allegations that are not supported with facts, the Magistrate should not issue a warrant. However, if the Magistrate determines from the affidavit that there are sufficient facts to believe that the suspect has committed a crime, he may then issue a warrant for his arrest. Searching for these active warrants in Richland County is made possible by an online case records system.
Searching for arrest records in Richland County
Begin your warrant search by accessing the online case index system for Richland County. You can view current and closed civil and criminal court cases within Richland County through the Fifth Judicial Circuit website. If you require copies from the court records, you must visit the Richland County Clerk of Court located at 1701 Main Street, Room 205, Columbia, SC 29202 (803-576-1950). You may access a list of current inmates, the current court dockets, and court rosters through the Clerk’s website.
The Fugitive Task Force/Warrant Division of the Richland County Sheriff’s Office can provide outstanding warrants information. You may also access a list of unsolved homicides through the website. See Richard County’s Wanted for a list of the most wanted fugitives in Richland County with outstanding warrants.
Richland County crime data
Compared with nine other similar counties in South Carolina, Richland County ranked second highest for overall crime rates from 1999 through 2008. Out of the 10 counties, Richland ranked first for the highest violent crime rate during that period. Crime increased in Richland County by 80% between 1999 and 2008, resulting in a crime occurring about every 33 minutes, including approximately 251 murders and 17,802 assaults.