InWatauga County, NC, the police can only detain a person if he has been caught red handed or if the arresting officer has reason to believe that the individual was or will be involved in a criminal act, and finally, if the police have an arrest warrant in hand.
For active arrest warrants to be issued, the sheriff's office has to follow a specific procedure which starts with the submission of an affidavit in court. This writ details the crime and why the police believe that the said incident was an illicit act to begin with. It also goes on to describe the role of the accused in the incident. If the information is enough to highlight the probable cause, a warrant is released.
Arrest warrants from Watauga are treated as judicial orders for detention and are executed at the earliest available opportunity even if this means that force will have to be used to bring the offender in. Once the accused is arrested, whether he is released on bail or not is entirely at the court's discretion; however, this does mark the beginning of the trial.
Unfortunately, not all detention orders result in arrest. When a person cannot be taken into custody because he is absconding, these judicial decrees are stored in the FBI database as Watauga County outstanding warrants which can be executed at a later date.
The police, the magistrate's court as well as the county clerk have information on arrest records and all legal instruments including warrants issued in criminal matters. So, if you want to go in for a warrant search, you can get in touch with:
The Sheriff: 184 Hodges Gap Road, Boone, North Carolina 28607; dispatch phone: 828-264-3761
The clerk of court:842 W. King St, Boone, North Carolina 28607; tel no: 828-265-5364
The magistrate: Address as mentioned above; tel no: 828-265-5441
Watauga County, North Carolina has one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the state. Of the over 800 complaints filed in criminal matters each year, only about 35 are related to instances of violent crime. This, despite a whopping increase of almost 40% clocked over the ten year period from 1999 to 2008. Also, the rate of overall crime surged through this interval by almost 35%.