The arrest warrant process for Santa Rosa County, Florida is straightforward and simple, but has the potential to be confusing. This is in large part because an arrest warrant is not necessary in all circumstances to make an arrest. For example, during 2010, there were more than 7,500 arrests, but not all of these arrests were made as a result of an arrest warrant. Police officers can arrest individuals whom give them immediate probable cause that they are the suspect in a crime. For instance, a routine traffic stop can lead to a vehicle search, and if that search turns up narcotics or other contraband, then the individual can be arrested without a warrant.
Arrest warrants are used so that police forces can arrest suspects that have been implicated in a crime, whether by a witness or through other evidence, when police forces were not present to witness that crime. After appearing at the scene of a crime, police can gather evidence, and then present that evidence to a judge. Provided that their evidence is strong, the judge can issue a Santa Rosa County arrest warrant, granting police 48 hours to arrest the suspect. This is according to the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure, which you can read at http://www.floridabar.org/TFB/TFBResources.nsf/0/BDFE1551AD291A3F85256B2...$FILE/Criminal.pdf?OpenElement.
To search for Santa Rosa County arrest warrants, you can contact the sheriff of Santa Rosa County at 5755 East Milton Road, Milton, Florida, or at 850-983-1100. You can also view a list of the fugitives of Santa Rosa County on the sferiff website at http://santarosasheriff.org/. Additional web resources exist for looking up arrest warrants, such as the FDLEs search at http://pas.fdle.state.fl.us/pas/person/displayWantedPersonsSearch.a, or you can click on the above search form to instantly search through an online criminal records database.
If you find that you have a warrant, you should contact a defense attorney immediately. Please note that all arrest warrants function across Florida, and can be executed over county lines.