Jackson County, GA handles arrest warrants just like most other counties in Georgia – – they begin with the Magistrate. The Magistrate’s Office is responsible for issuing criminal arrest warrants after finding probable cause for the warrant. The Magistrate also is responsible for conducting Pre-Warrant Hearings and First Appearance Hearings (after a warrant-less arrest). Once the Magistrate issues an arrest warrant, the warrant is then sent to the county Sheriff’s Office to be served upon the defendant. To search for arrest records, you must contact the Jackson County Magistrate’s Office in person, as there are no online records available to search for active or outstanding warrants. The Magistrate’s Office is located at 5000 Jackson Parkway, Suite 230, Jefferson, GA 30549. The telephone number for the office is 706-387-6356. Normal office hours are between 8:00 am and 4:45pm Monday through Friday.
You can also search the criminal history for a person in Jackson County by contacting the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Criminal History Record Information must be in writing on an approved form and requested through the Central Records Division of the Sheriff’s Office. Forms may be submitted at the Sheriff’s Office located at 555 General Jackson Drive, Jefferson, GA 30549 during business hours Monday through Friday 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. The fee searching the criminal history records is $10 per search.
To check for current inmates, visit the Sheriff’s Office and choose “inmate information” for the online database of current jailed inmates in Jackson County.
Jackson County has a lower crime rate than other Georgia counties when rates are compared for the 2001 through 2008 period. A crime occurred in Jackson County only once every eight hours during the time. Only four murders were reported during this time with the majority of all crimes being theft related. Crime in Jackson County saw a significant increase during 2007 and 2008 when crime increased from a low of less than 200 in 2003 to over 1600 crimes during 2007.