An arrest warrant is not proof of guilt; however, the judge signing the warrant must first determine probable cause exists. Probable cause is the belief that the suspect in question committed the alleged crime. To determine probable cause, the judge must review the affidavit that sets forth the facts related to the crime. If the judge determines the facts support probable cause, he will issue a warrant and direct law enforcement officers to apprehend and detain the suspect. In York County, arrest warrants are issued by the Magistrate Court.
Searching for warrants and arrest records in Horry County
The Magistrate Court that issued the warrant will have records of all active warrants, including copies of the affidavits used to determine probable cause. However, several Magistrate courts operate within York County, which makes warrant searches time-consuming unless you know the specific judge who signed the warrant. To narrow down your search, use the Public Index website for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit. Here you can perform an online search for outstanding warrants by choosing “Summary Court” and searching by name or filing date. You may also search the court records of the York County Circuit Court for criminal cases or warrants that were transferred. Copies may be obtained from the Magistrate Court or the Clerk of Court.
You may also search for active warrants through the York County Sheriff’s Office (http://www.yorkcountysheriff.com/) by contacting its Records Management Unit. The office also maintains a list of outstanding warrants for the county’s most wanted individuals through its Crime Stoppers website.
York County, SC crime rates
York County experienced an increase of about 90% in the reported crime rates between 2001 and 2008. During that time, approximately 53,507 crimes were reported in the county, with about 19% of those violent crimes. Fifty-seven murders and 8,551 assaults were reported during the period, but most crimes overall were related to theft and burglary.