The procedure for the issue of active arrest warrants in Washington County is not different than that of the other areas of the state of Georgia. Arrest warrants are issued when the police can prove probable cause to the sitting magistrate of a local tribunal that holds the authority to rule in criminal matters.
To show that there is indeed enough evidence to implicate a person in a specific case, the sheriff's office or the district attorney's department has to prepare an affidavit outlining the case and the proof in the matter including witness and victim testimony. If this is not enough, people whose testimony is integral to the case may even be called to offer their version of the story under oath.
Through this endeavor, it is the fervent effort of the judiciary to ensure that the rights of the suspect are not compromised. After issue, arrest warrants are sent to the sheriff's office for execution. From here, they are stored in a central database as active or outstanding warrants. The latter refers to detention orders that remain un-served for some time.
When a warrant search is conducted through the police or the justice department, all records for the state of Georgia and Washington County are scoured through to find a name match. So, the applicant not only gets information on arrest records and warrants but also on convictions, incarceration, etc.
In fact, if you take the trouble of visiting the office of the sheriff or the magistrate of Washington County in person, you are likely to find more in depth information on the subject of your inquiry including data on any bench warrants in his/her name and also if this person was ever a part of the most wanted list of the area. To get this information, drive down to the following state agency offices
- The law enforcement head office: 1735 Kaolin Rd, Sandersville, Georgia 31082
- The magistrate's office: Courthouse Square, Sandersville, GA 31082
- The county clerk's office: Courthouse, Sandersville, Georgia 31082
The annual crime rate of Washington County, Georgia held at just about 500 till 2006. However, the two years that followed, there was a rapid doubling of incident rates. Fortunately, what started as a worrisome uptrend did show signs of a reversal in 2008 as the figures of both violent and property crimes were lower than that of the preceding year.