A Washington County arrest warrant is a state-authorized issuance that allows the police forces of Washington County to look for and ultimately arrest a suspect that is believed to have been involved in a crime. Arrest warrants, despite always originating from a specific county, are able to be executed anywhere in the state of Florida, regardless of where the warrant originated. This means that, if you find out you have an arrest warrant, you should not try to evade arrest by changing counties.
In fact, the very first thing you should do if you have an arrest warrant is to find and retain a defense lawyer.
But how can you find out whether or not you have an arrest warrant? While different counties will alert people that are the target of a warrant in different ways, this is something that you should be able to and can find out for yourself. There are a pair of ways to do this.
The first is to contact or visit the Washington County Sheriffs Office, although if you appear in person you may be arrested on the spot. You can find the office at 1293 Jackson Ave #400, in Chipley, FL 32428, or you can call their offices at 850-638-6129. The second method is to make use of the Wanted Persons Search tool, which is a database of wanted individuals throughout the state of Florida, and you can access it at http://pas.fdle.state.fl.us/pas/person/displayWantedPersonsSearch.a.
You can find arrest record and other offender information at http://www.dc.state.fl.us/AppCommon/, or you can click on the above search form to instantly search through an online criminal records database.
By the end of the year 2010, Washington County, Florida had a total of 24,672 citizens, which was almost the exact same number it had the year before, and there were 1,196 arrests during this same period. If youre interested in finding more criminal statistics, you may do so at http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/cms/FSAC/County-Profiles/washington.aspx.