Before undertaking any arrest warrant search for Miami-Dade County, FL, there are a few things that you should first understand. The first is that having an arrest warrant issued out in your name does not mean that you are guilty of a crime. Instead, it means that the state wishes to bring you into custody, which may result from a crime. The only way guilt or involvement in a crime can be proven in a court of law.
The second important detail is that arrest warrants are valid throughout the entire state. This means that even if you flee across the state if you have a Miami-Dade County arrest warrant out for you, you can still be pursued and arrested.
There are several ways that concerned citizens can find out if they have an active Miami-Dade County warrant. The first is by contacting the Miami-Dade County Sheriffs Offices Warrants Section. You can find their official web page at http://www.miamidade.gov/mdpd/BureausDivisions/bureau_Warrants.asp. You can also visit this office in person at 9105 Northwest 25th Street, in Doral, FL 33172, call them at 305-471-1700, or even email them at wabinfo at mdpd.com.
Another pair of methods are entirely online. The first, the Wanted Persons Search service, is available at http://pas.fdle.state.fl.us/pas/person/displayWantedPersonsSearch.a from the FDLE. Or you can use the above search form to search through an online criminal records database instantly.
FAQ on Miami-Dade FL Warrants Search
Information on most active warrants issued in the state is saved in a database maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The good thing is that they allow civilians to access their warrant database. In fact, you can search the warrant list to find details on the arrest orders issued against a specific individual.
Available at http://pas.fdle.state.fl.us/pas/restricted/PAS/person/WantedPersons.jsf, the tool offers the facility to find warrants by using the name and other details about the subject. This is a free facility and you don’t have to register to use the service. So, you can initiate the warrant check without supplying any information about yourself.
The data available goes back to more than 30 years and includes warrants from all counties in the state of Florida. In fact, the FDLE continues to rely on local law enforcement agencies to supply details pertaining to the warrants issued in their jurisdiction.
In response to your warrants search, you will be given details such as the full name of the subject, physical attributes that can be used for identification, warrant details and the offense that this person is accused of committing.
If you want information exclusively on arrest warrants issued in Miami-Dade, you can use the online service offered by the Sherriff’s Office on their website at https://www.miamidade.gov/global/police/home.page.
Scroll down to the “Top Services” section and click on the tab that reads “Police Records”. Once on the page, you will find the link “Search Open Warrants” on your right-hand side. Click on it to access the warrant list for Miami Dade.
Federal warrants are issued when a person is accused of committing a crime that is deemed a violation of federal laws as well as crimes that span across two or more states. As the name suggests, the warrant itself is issued by a federal magistrate and the case is typically handled by a federal law enforcement agency such as the FBI.
It is rare to find information on federal warrants in the FDLE database made available to the public. However, you can get details on some federal warrants from the FBI website. The best part is that this information is segregated into various crime categories. So, you will find:
- Details on cyber criminals with warrants against them on https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cyber.
- Information on those wanted for white collar crimes on https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/wcc.
- Details on suspects accused of wanted for homicide and other violent crimes at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/murders and https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/additional.
- Data pertaining to fugitives posted on https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/fugitives.
The FBI also has a “Seeking Info” section that lists photographs and incident related information about specific criminal acts. Through this section, the agency encourages civilians to provide information on perpetrators that have been caught on camera but have managed to stay a step ahead of law enforcement.
This information is available at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-information. The menu on top of the page will redirect you to other warrant lists.
In addition to the FBI website, you can also find information on warrants issued in connection with drug related crimes on the website of the DEA At https://admin.dea.gov/fugitives
The Miami-Dade County Sheriff’s Department also offers an online inmate search facility on their website at https://www8.miamidade.gov/Apps/mdcr/InmateSearch/#/. You will need the first three characters of both the first and the last name of the subject to use this tool.
If a match is found, you will get details such as the full name of the detainee/detainees, date of birth, location, race, gender booking date and time, jail number, charges against the accused and the bond amount if applicable. In addition to this, you will also be able to access the arrest mug shots. The sole problem is that you will only find details on current inmates, so this cannot be used as the arrest log for the area.
There are several choices for a free warrant check in Miami-Dade as well in the state of Florida. These options are categorized according to the crime type that led to the issue of the warrant. So, for your warrant search in Florida, you can use the facilities provide by:
- Florida Highway Patrol: The most wanted list of the FHP is available at https://www.flhsmv.gov/florida-highway-patrol/specialized-areas/most-wanted-fugitives/. It comes complete with details about the incident as well as the photograph of the accused.
- Central Florida’s CrimeLine warrants database: This facility is hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at http://www.cfcrimelinewarrants.com/Search.aspx. The tool is very similar to the one offered by the FDLE and it provides similar results. However, the information provided is limited to warrants from Orange and Osceola counties. The database has details on felony arrest warrants as well as traffic/criminal warrants.
- Florida judiciary: Although there is no centralized system for accessing criminal court records from all counties of Florida at this time, you can get details on the criminal cases handled in the counties from the websites of their Clerks of Courts. You will find links to the websites of all the Clerks of Courts of FL at https://dos.myflorida.com/library-archives/research/florida-information/government/local-resources/clerks-of-county-courts/.
- The Clerk of Court of Miami Dade County: If you are looking for information on warrants specific to Miami-Dade County, you can use the case search feature available on the website of the Clerk of Courts of Miami-Dade County at https://www2.miami-dadeclerk.com/CJIS/CaseSearch.aspx.
At this time, the Sheriff’s Office of Pinellas County does not offer an online warrant check facility. So, if you can work with a state-wide warrant database that does not have information on locally issued Pinellas County warrants (such as traffic warrants and arrest orders issued against minor infractions), go ahead and use the FDLE warrants search tool discussed above.
However, if you need information on arrest warrants specific to Pinellas, you will have to get in touch the Sherriff’s Office at 727-582-6192. Other options for a warrant inquiry are also available; you can find more information on this page.
At the end of 2010, Miami-Dade County, Florida’s population was 2.48 million people, almost identical to the population at the end of 2009. During this same period, the total arrest rate fell by 7.3% to 136,113 arrests.