There are a lot of things in this world that are pretty easy to do and that comes with little to no surprise. Picking most kinds of flowers, walking through the park, ordering take-out, all of these things are things that the vast majority of people can do with little to no issue. One thing that almost never fails to bring up some surprise with how easy it is warrant searches.
In fact, most people only think of searching for warrants to be nothing more than an incredibly difficult task to complete. That being said, it absolutely can be a difficult task. It really depends on the method that you decide to use for this search.
Millions of people do these kinds of searches every single year, and a lot of them give up because they get disheartened by how difficult it is. There is also another group of people that know exactly how to go about doing a warrant search in the easiest possible way and those people do the largest number of warrant searches.
So, how does one go about doing a warrant search the easiest way possible? We decided to try our hand at it and we attempted to find warrant information by using a few different methods, so today we’re going to go over the results we got from our research.
Using Law Enforcement Provided Databases
We decided to start our journey off where most people start their warrant search journeys off, and that’s at the source. This is probably the most intuitive method to try using. After all, if you want information it’s rarely a good idea to go anywhere other than the source.
Believe it or not, this method yields incredibly mixed results. It really depends on where you’re looking, which makes this method more about the level of your luck more than anything. Some counties are really good about this, and you can expect the utmost care taken in their warrant databases. That usually means things like:
- User-friendly interfaces
- Regular updates, whether that’s once a day or multiple times a day
- Abundant information
- Clean design, or at least not too bulky.
This can be great if you’re only looking for warrant information in your county, and if you’re lucky enough to live in a county that takes this kind of database seriously. That being said, for every county that does this well, there are five that don’t.
When you try this search in counties that don’t take this seriously or don’t provide this kind of information, you can run into a few big issues:
- Inaccurate records
- Out-of-date information
- Missing information entirely
- A page asking you to email the sheriff’s department with your I.D. so they can check if you have any warrants in lieu of a database.
Overall, this method works out the best if you want to find out if you specifically have a warrant out for your arrest. If you’re trying to find out if someone has warrants as part of a vetting process, we wouldn’t be able to recommend this method to you.
Calling Bail Bonds Offices
Here’s a method that will require you to get off the internet for your search, and it can or cannot work better than the last method we looked at. It’s just as hit or miss but the areas where it will be hit or miss can be a lot larger.
Bail bondsmen have access to warrant databases that the public doesn’t have access to, which means that it can be pretty easy for them to share that information for you. This process is pretty simple, it just takes a few steps:
- Find a bail bondsman online.
- Give them a call.
- Nicely ask them if they have access to warrant information and if they would be willing to share.
- Being nice is crucial. People are generally more willing to work with you if you’re nice. Bail bondsmen do not have to share this information with you, so if you’re a jerk they won’t want to help you even if they can.
- If they have the information you’re looking for, give them the person in question’s name and wait for them to pull up the information. If not, wish them well and move on to the next method.
The laws around what information bail bondsmen are able to access vary from state to state. Some states give bail bondsmen all sorts of information, other states don’t give them a whole lot of information.
This method can work, but we wouldn’t recommend it to anyone that wants to conduct a national search nor to someone that feels that they’re going to be doing this kind of search regularly. It works best for people that need to do this kind of search once every year or two.
Hiring a Lawyer
Here’s a very expensive method that does just so happen to work very well. If you hire a lawyer, they’ll be able to tell you if you have any warrants out for your arrest. In fact, this would probably only take a matter of minutes for a lawyer to achieve.
Lawyers always have access to databases that the general public doesn’t. This is because lawyers, especially criminal lawyers, are part of the criminal justice system. Because of that, they need to have access to this kind of information in order to make sure they’re helping their clients to the best of their ability.
Lawyers are also the only people that are legally allowed to give any sort of legal advice, making this method fantastic if you do end up having a warrant out for your arrest. No one else can give you legal advice unless they’ve passed the bar exam.
That being said, a lawyer isn’t going to find warrant information for someone other than you unless that party has given you express permission to be looking into their warrant information. Lawyers do have a code of ethics they must follow, and your concerns aren’t worth them risking their legal ability to practice law.
So, this method works well if you think you have a warrant out for your arrest. It works especially well if you think you might have some serious charges being brought up against you. In that case, the lawyer will be able to help you start planning for your case the moment you discover the warrant.
Because of the cost of this method and the fact that lawyers aren’t very likely to find information for uninvolved parties, we can’t recommend it for anything other than if you think you might be in some serious legal trouble. Anything else would be a waste of your money and both the lawyer’s and your time.
Using a Specialized Service
When all else fails, it never hurts to look for some sort of specialized service. Whether you’re talking about medical things, appliances, or even the process of your warrant search. Sometimes you just need something that is going to get the job done well and easily.
For this particular task, we decided to look into personal background check services and warrant search services. These two services are very closely related but a little different. Personal background check services provide more than just warrants while warrant search services only look for warrants.
Whichever you choose, the process is going to be pretty similar. There are just a few steps that you have to go through in order to make sure that you’re doing it correctly:
- Find a good warrant search service or personal background check service.
- Enter the required information into the corresponding fields.
- This usually consists of things like the person in question:
- First name
- Last name
- Current state
- Hit the enter button
- Wait for the next page to load
- Look over the search results
This whole process usually only takes about a minute from start to finish, depending on what exact service you use. They’re usually able to pull data from all over the country, which makes these services an invaluable tool for anyone looking to do warrant searches that want to cast a broad net without having to throw hours at the task.
Now, this method is the easiest method by far and it works for anyone that wants to find warrant information. There aren’t really any drawbacks to doing a warrant search this way. We recommend this method to anyone doing a warrant search, regardless of if they’re looking into warrants for themselves or someone else.
This method marries ease, efficiency, accuracy, and speed all in one. It puts all of the power in your hands, which makes everything a lot easier when you’re trying to do your search. Anyone could use this method without getting too confused, and that’s why we have to recommend it for any situation that doesn’t require your obtaining of legal council. In those cases, you should lawyer up.
Putting the Ease Back Into Warrant Searches
A lot can go wrong when you’re looking into warrants. Fortunately, there are ways to make sure that a lot goes right without having to put too much effort into your search. Using the right method can provide you with a level of ease in your search that you wouldn’t believe.