When I launch a criminal check on a subject, I am not looking for just an arrest report. I also want to know about the arrest warrants in his/her name. In fact, when going through the website of a sheriff’s dept, I was hoping to find the police blotter or at least their arrest log and warrant list. In Johnston, arrest records can be found easily on the website of the sheriff.
However, there is no trace of a warrants list or the other information that criminal court records typically contain. So, you are certainly not going to get the expected response to your warrant search online. This, I am sure, will make you wonder how and who to connect with for an arrest report. Find out below:
How do I get arrest records from the cops?
- Get the most recent arrest reports: You can find the tool to access recent arrest records on the website of the sheriff at http://www.johnstonnc.com/sheriffs_office/arrestsearchbyname.php. It will suffice to have just the last name of the subject, but the full name will narrow down the results. You will get the arrest log for the past 15 days and the information available on the detainees includes their full name, details about the charges, date of arrest as well as the arrest mugshots.
- Use the inmate search facility: This service is available at http://www.johnstonnc.com/sheriffs_office/jailsearch1.cfm. By using this tool, you will get information on all the individuals who are currently detained in the county jail. Now, I am sure you are wondering how this is different from the arrest records search feature mentioned above. While you only get information about arrests that were made in the preceding 15 days from the tool above, the inmate search allows you to access information on all those who are in prison at the time of your inquiry. So, you can also get arrest reports that go back a few months by using this facility, as long as the person in question is still being held under detention.
- Approach the cops for a warrant inquiry: To get in touch with the sheriff’s office for a background check, you can call on them at 120 South Third Street, Smithfield, NC. They no longer entertain requests for information on active warrants over the phone. So, no point in calling them. Also, do not forget to take a government issued ID along when going to the office for a warrant inquiry.
You can also find information on some court cases and recent arrests from the News and Observer for Johnston County. Although, the publication gets its information from the police and the courts, they are not affiliated to either of these agencies. To read about outstanding warrants issued in open cases, go to http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/johnston-county/.
Can I get a criminal check done through the Clerk of Court’s Office?
You can write to the agency to access their paid warrant search service or you can simply go up to the cash counter when at their office, fill a form and ask them to get you the criminal court records you need. Another way is to use the public use terminals to sift through their court docket database. This is a free service but one that you can only access by visiting the agency in person. So, you can
- Drive down to the office of the Clerk of Court at 207 E Johnston St, Smithfield, NC 27577 or
You can write to the agency at PO Box 297, Smithfield, NC 27577. In this case, you will have to send the fees by money order.