Since I have visited and even used the websites of many NC law enforcement agencies to find arrest records and for a warrant search, I was not expecting to find a lot of information on the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Portal.
At first glance, the website appears impressive and what got my hopes high was the fact that these guys were offering alerts on their home page. But, then it all came crashing down as I quickly figured out that there was no sign of the police blotter nor of a warrants list nor the arrest log.
To cut through the chase, save for the names of the area’s most wanted, which is technically a small warrant list, there isn’t anything worthwhile on this agency’s website at https://rockinghamsheriff.com/. In light of this discovery, I reckoned it would make more sense to first talk about what state agencies offer by way of results when you go to them for an arrest inquiry and then discuss the best way to contact them.
What information will I get from the state agencies if I go to them for a criminal check?
- The police: Whether you get to know about the outstanding warrants against your person of interest will depend on just how far along the investigation has come. If the investigation has been completed, they may tell you about the existence of the arrest order or they may simply rush to detain the person in question. In both ways, you will get your answer.
Typically, they are more forthcoming when it comes to an arrest report. If the person is currently cooling his heels in the County Jail, you sure will get to know about this. If you take your arrest inquiry to the Detention Center, you will also get information on the charges against the subject and the bail bond.
- The judiciary: While the magistrate’s office will not entertain your request for an offender search, the Clerk of Superior Court will be happy to handle such inquiries. The office will offer information that is considered as public records. So, you will get to know if your subject was ever arrested and if so, why.
You will also find out about the outcome of the criminal process including the verdict and the sentence. The criminal check report will also contain details on where the subject was incarcerated, for how long and when he/she was released. Simply put, this is more in line with a background search report that most people expect to get when they launch a formal warrant inquiry.
What is the best way to contact state agencies for an arrest log or for criminal court records?
- You can visit all the 3 agencies discussed above to get the information they offer. Although none of them provide these details online, all of them work out of the same complex, which means that you won’t have to do a lot of driving around. Go to 170 Hwy 65, Reidsville, NC 27320 to connect with these state offices.
- You can also get in touch with the Clerk of Court by writing to the agency at PO Box 127, Wentworth, NC 27375-0127.
The County Detention Facility can be reached over the phone by calling on 634-3236. Ask to talk to the Detention Officer for arrest related information.