Before an arrest is made in Garfield County, Colorado, the police must approach the criminal court in the county to seek an arrest warrant against a person who is suspected of a crime. While the alleged suspect cannot influence the warrant issuing process, you can rest assured that unless there exist significant evidence pinning the crime on you, a warrant for your arrest will not be issued.
In fact, the sitting magistrate of the criminal court in Garfield County will carefully consider all the information provided in the written affidavit from the Sherriff’s Department before signing an order for arrest.
However, once issued, this document, which is known as an active arrest warrant, will stay active regardless of how long it has been since it was sought. Warrants that are not served within a few days from issuance, are backlogged in the national criminal database. These arrest orders are then called outstanding arrest warrants.
The only time that a judge may suspend an arrest warrant is if another person has been arrested and charged with the crime or if through the course of the investigation, it is found that the evidence presented to the court while seeking the warrant does not hold true anymore or is simply not enough.
However, it is imperative to understand that it is very rare for a court to issue an arrest warrant without diligent deliberation over the facts produced by the Sherriff’s Department.
In any case, if you are looking for arrest records data, the Sherriff’s Office is the place to go to. Although an appointment is not needed, it would help to speak to the county clerk at 970-945-0453 before visiting the precinct at 107 8th Street, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601.
Over the ten year interval between 1999 and 2008, an estimated 9000 crimes were reported in Garfield although less than 10% of them were violent in nature. The annual crime rate currently stands at over 1100 with a violent crime rate of almost 100. However, at the start of the decade, this figure stood at a measly 50 or so incidents.
Of the criminal activity that takes place in the area, most incidents are found to occur within a one mile radius of the victim’s home or office. Add to this the approximately 5 cases of homicide and over 100 incidents of rape that occur in the county and it is easy to understand why you need to be on your guard and go for a warrant search when associating with a person professionally or personally.