Magistrates for Spartanburg County issue arrest warrants upon probable cause. To determine probable cause, a magistrate must exercise his independent judgment to determine if, based on the facts presented to the court, a reasonable person would believe that the defendant committed the alleged crime. The primary purpose of the arrest warrant is to provide for an independent judicial officer to decide if the state should use its prosecutorial power. If the Magistrate determines probable cause exists, he will sign the warrant and transfer it to local law enforcement officers for execution. At this time, the warrant becomes “active,” and the defendant may be apprehended and detained under the warrant. There are several ways to search for active warrants in Spartanburg County.
Searching arrest records and court records in Spartanburg County
The easiest way to begin a warrant search in this county is to go online and search for cases through the Seventh Judicial Circuit Public Index. The index allows you to view active and closed civil and criminal cases within Spartanburg County. You may also view current court rosters through this website. Once you find a case, if you require copies, you must contact the court directly. The Clerk of Court for Spartanburg County is located in the county courthouse at 180 Magnolia Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 500, Spartanburg, SC 29306 (telephone: 864-596-2591). Several Magistrate Courts serve the county, but any office can direct you to the appropriate judge.
Another source for searching outstanding warrants is the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office. The Records Division of the Sheriff’s Office maintains all records for the office and can assist you with your request for a criminal history or warrant search. You may also view a list of the county’s Inmates and search for current inmates in that list.
Crime statistics for Spartanburg Count, SC
Roughly 87,000 crimes were reported in Spartanburg County during the 10 years from 1999 through 2008. Of those crimes, 14% were violent in nature. The county saw a sharp increase in the crime rate between 2003 and 2004, with crimes more than doubling within the county. Overall, crime rates increased by almost 70% within the county between 1999 and 2008.