There are several different ways to determine if there is an active arrest warrant for someone. The first way is to simply check the Clerk or sheriff’s office in the County where you think there might be an active warrant. This checking can be done by making a phone call or checking their website. In this instance, checking with the Sheriff of Lee County, Florida for active arrest warrants might provide some information.
One of the problems with this is that many times a warrant is not available on public systems until the person has been arrested. It is not uncommon for the State Attorney to direct file a criminal charge and when that occurs the arrest warrant information is not always available. Another limitation of checking with the local Sheriff or clerk is that the authority to arrest is not always based on an arrest warrant issued by a court, but sometimes a “Probable Cause Affidavit”.
A “probable cause affidavit” is a document written by the police and is usually kept at their office and not in a central database. This occurs mostly in drug crimes. If the police suspects that someone has sold drugs, usually to an undercover officer or a confidential informant, the police do not want to sacrifice their operatives. Instead of immediately arresting the person, they issue the “Probable Cause Affidavit”. This document simply sits in their drawer or somewhere else until enough time has elapsed and then they arrest the person.
Probably the best way to check for a warrant is by calling a Lee County bail bonds office or a Lee County Criminal Defense lawyer. Either one of these professionals can assist you in determining if there is a warrant and what is the best way to handle it.