An arrest warrant is an extension of the legal authority of the state of Florida to apprehend and place under arrest an individual that is believed to have committed a crime in Florida. Because this authority is granted by the state, arrest warrants are valid on a statewide basis, which means if you are facing a Martin County FL arrest warrant, you can be pursued, apprehended, and arrest anywhere in the state of Florida.
Arrest warrants are issued when a sitting judge or magistrate hears evidence that has been presented by law enforcement officials implicating a suspect. Provided that the evidence is found to be compelling, the judge with issue and sign an arrest warrant, which grants the police of Martin County 48 hours to arrest the suspect.
An arrest warrant is not an indication of guilt, and only a trial can establish guilt.
There are numerous ways to find out if you or someone you know has an active arrest warrant in Florida. The first of these is straightforward, and involves contacting the Sheriff of Martin County, which can be done in person at 800 Southeast Monterey Road, in Stuart, FL 34994, or by telephone at 772-220-7000. Please be aware that you may be arrested for appearing at the sheriffs office. Another option is to use the search form located here: http://pas.fdle.state.fl.us/pas/person/displayWantedPersonsSearch.a. Or you can use the above search form to instantly search through an online criminal records database.
If you find that you do in fact have an arrest warrant, the first thing you should do is to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
By the end of 2010, 324,315 people remained in Martin County, which was a decline of 1.3%. There were a total of 19,488 arrests made during 2010, which meant a drop of 6.2% from 2009. You can find more statistics for Martin County at http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/cms/FSAC/County-Profiles/martin.aspx.