As in most counties of Georgia, the judiciary has been entrusted with the task of issuing arrest warrants in Brooks County. Both the police and the courts have to follow a set procedure for the release of active arrest warrants. The process starts with the submission of a formal complaint in court.
This is nothing but a writ that details the crime and the role played by the alleged offender in it. The affidavit provides the sitting magistrate with information on the evidence and witness testimony collected in the matter. If the details offered are enough to establish probable cause an active warrant will be granted on the spot. However, if these are not sufficient, the judge does retain the right to call in the witnesses to depose under oath even at this point.
All arrest warrants from Brooks County, GA find their way to the sheriff's office for execution; this also holds true in case of other judicial orders like bench warrants and search decrees; all of these are served or executed by the cops. So, not only the magistrate's court, which is the issuing authority, but also the police keeps all information pertaining to arrest records. For a warrant search, you can head to:
- The office of the sheriff: 1 Screven Street, PO Box 487, Quitman, Georgia 31643
- The office of the magistrate: 1 E Screven St, Quitman, GA 31643
While these agencies are directly involved in the issue of arrest warrants, the county clerk's office also maintains records pertaining to outstanding warrants as the department holds on to the court dockets. To connect with this agency, write to them at PO Box 630, Quitman, Georgia 31643.
A little over 250 criminal complaints are filed in Brooks County, GA annually and of these incidents about 20% are violent in nature. While the rise of 100% in the rates of overall and violent crime is undoubtedly worrisome, what is even more perplexing is that most incidents occur within a mile of the victim's home or office.