In Cherokee County, Georgia, the Magistrate Court issues criminal arrest warrants and civil warrants. It is also possible for a citizen to file a pre-warrant in the Magistrate Court after they have reported a crime to a law enforcement agency. Several requirements must be met for the warrant to be issued. First, both the victim of the crime and the alleged offender must be over 17. Alternatively, the warrant application is filed by their parent or guardian. Also, the offense must have taken place in Cherokee County. Third, the accuser must include an incident report provided by a law enforcement agency with his or her application. Finally, he or she must give the address of the alleged offender. Once the application has been filed, a date for a hearing will be set. If there is sufficient evidence, the Magistrate Court judge will issue the warrant. Active warrants and outstanding warrants, and civil warrants, are executed by the Warrant/Civil Unit of the Cherokee County sheriff’s department. That unit works together with the Department of Corrections and the Cherokee County Justice Center and the District Attorney, the Solicitor, and Probation offices.
To check warrant information with the Cherokee County sheriff’s office, call or email Lieutenant Cheryl Carmody at (770) 345-3308 or cacarmody at cherokeega.com. The Warrant/Civil Unit office address is 498 Chattin Drive, Canton, GA, 30115. They are open from 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. The sheriff’s office also offers a searchable database of sexual offenders, which citizens can lookup by either address or by the name of criminals in their area. The database is located at http://www.icrimewatch.net/index.php?AgencyID=54087. Finally, they have a place to search for old police reports dating from August 2005 through the most recent arrest reports. This is located online at http://cherokeecsga.policereports.us/. If you wish to contact the Magistrate Court for information about a pre-warrant, it is located at 90 North Street, Canton, GA 30114, and its phone number is 678-493-6431.
Between 2008 and 2010, more than 9,000 crimes occurred in Cherokee County, Georgia. They were categorized by car theft, burglary, larceny, robbery, assault, rape, and murder. In 2008, the number of crimes committed in the county was under 3,000. However, the following year that number rose to just over 3,000 crimes. In 2010 the number rose again to almost 3,500 crimes committed. This is disturbing news for Cherokee County.