As far as criminal records go, Cherokee County police offers the bare minimum information. I have seen a warrant list as well as arrest reports made available on the website of other law enforcement departments, but that is not the case with this agency.
If you are not willing to settle for concise results to your warrant check, you won’t have much use for the sheriff’s website. However, if you are willing to accept a current arrest log and information on some of the active warrants, then you have two options. Continue reading to learn more…
How do I access criminal court records for Cherokee, NC by approaching the police?
- Go to the precinct: I have listed this as the very first option although it is the hardest of them all because you will get the most amount of information out of this process. The Sheriff works out of 577 Regal St, Murphy, North Carolina 28906 and you will need to speak with a person from their records division. You can call the agency at 828-837-2589 to know about the process beforehand.
- Looking for arrest warrants in the most wanted list: The advantage here is that the information is available on the internet, so it saves you time. Plus, you get access to arrest mugshots. The disadvantage is that you are not going to get details specific to your warrant search. Also, often this page (http://www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov/335/Most-Wanted) has no information posted on it but I would still ask you to hop over there for a quick glance.
- Getting the arrest report online: This one comes directly from the police blotter. You can use the name of your subject to know if he/she is currently being detained at the county jail. The offender search feature at http://www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov:8080/DCN/ will get you the complete arrest report of the detainee. You can also access the arrest log for the last few months.
- Social media to the rescue: There is also a lot of information available on the Sheriff’s FB page at https://www.facebook.com/Cherokee-County-Sheriffs-Office-143241415730238/. You can actually find police reports pertaining to some of the recent cases and more.
How do I conduct a warrant search in Cherokee through the judiciary?
You cannot go to the magistrate’s court for your warrants list although all outstanding warrants are issued by this branch of the judiciary. Instead, visit the office of the Clerk of Superior Court at 75 Peachtree St, Murphy, NC 28906. These guys maintain the court docket database and in it you will find every stitch of information pertaining to all criminal as well as civil court cases from Cherokee in this database. Now, you get two options for your offender search through this agency:
- Do it on your own: Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? Well it is as long as you have the name and other identifying information about the subject and can use a computer. Since you are reading this on a website, I don’t think you will have a problem scouring the collection of criminal records held by the clerk’s office. You will find “public use” computers in the lobby of the office and you can use them for free but you will have to pay for printouts.
- Pay for the criminal records: You can ask the agency to furnish a detailed and certified criminal check report by paying $25. You can avail this service by mailing in the request or by visiting the agency.