Effingham County, GA has a great website for its courts; however, the one thing lacking from the website is the ability to search for arrest records. There are no online databases in Effingham County to conduct an arrest warrant search. However, you can visit the Magistrate’s Court to inquire about active arrest warrants. The Magistrate for Effingham County is responsible for issuing arrest warrants after being presented with probable cause. The Magistrate then sends the arrest warrants to the Sheriff’s Office to be served on the individual who is the subject of the warrant. No information will be given over the telephone; however, you can visit the Magistrate’s Office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, to request information. The court is located at 700 N. Pine Street, Suite 250, Springfield, GA 31329.
The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office will not discuss any arrest warrants with anyone other than the person whom the warrant pertains. However, you can request a criminal history provided you have a notarized consent form and pay the $25 fee. You must contact the office at 912-754-3449 to request an appointment to request a criminal history. Arrest records are not easy to locate in Effingham County. The booking desk on tab on the Sheriff’s website does list the most recent individuals to be arrested in Effingham County and the charges for which they were arrested. Another useful portion of the website is the “most wanted” list that shows individuals who have outstanding warrants - - just because someone is not listed here does not mean that they do not have an arrest warrant pending against them.
Between 2001 and 2008, Effingham County had an average crime rate of 343 crimes per year. Of the 2,742 crimes that were committed during those years, Effingham County only had one murder. For the first four years, crime rates were considerably lower (under 240 per year) when compared to the last four years in the range. The highest number of crimes in Effingham County were reported in 2005 - - approximately 660 for the year.