In the state of Idaho, there are several ways to find out whether a particular person has a warrant out for his or her arrest and/or to appear in court. Perhaps the easiest way to find out is to do an online search trough a public record site. All you need to begin your Idaho warrant search is a first and last name. The next step is entering it into the warrant search form, as well as any additional information you may have such as the middle name of the individual, their county of residence and their age if you know it. The more information you have to begin your search, the more accurate the results will be. It is also important to note that since many people in Idaho have similar names, you may need some of those additional pieces of information to verify you have the correct warrant record.
Warrants can either take the form of arrest warrants or bench warrants in Idaho. The procedure for issuing an arrest warrant is described in the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It calls for law enforcement officers to swear in court that a person is suspected of committing a crime that was not directly witnessed by law enforcement officers. The order for the person to be arrested by law enforcement is then written by a court appointed judge who does not have any conflicts of interest in this case. Arrest warrants allow law enforcement to take the person into custody on sight. An Idaho arrest warrant search can be run through the county courthouse website where it was issued, or if you do not possess this information, you can use an online public record site and run the person of interests name through their criminal record search form.
The other type of warrant is a bench warrant, issued by a judge to cause someone to appear in court, misses their jury duty or forgets to pay their court fees. Some of the people for whom bench warrants are ordered are accused of crimes and have failed to appear in court for a scheduled court date, these are known as Idaho capias warrants and the person listed will be arrested. Others may be witnesses in a case for which they themselves are not suspects. A bench warrant can still be issued to compel a witness to come to court to testify, and that witness can be arrested for failing to appear.
If you discover there’s a warrant in your name in Idaho, it’s essential to address it as soon as possible to avoid additional charges and consequences. The longer you ignore one, the longer you may be incarcerated. Here are some helpful tips on how to proceed if you find yourself with some criminal charges.
To search statewide for an arrest warrant issued by the state of Idaho, you can visit the searchable database at the Idaho Department of Corrections website. This database is part of the Probation and Parole division website, so it appears that these are fugitives who are wanted for probation and parole violations specifically. You can also perform this search on a public record website as these are publicly available fugitive warrants that anyone can research online with a name search.
You can find that most counties in Idaho have their ‘Most Wanted’ and ‘Fugitives’ listed on the county sheriff department websites. These can be good resources to see if there is someone of interest that you know resides in these counties that you suspect may have an active Idaho arrest warrant. With some of these county agency sites, you can sometimes search by name for other active warrants or for those that are fugitives from the law. Below are some of the more popular Idaho sheriff department online resources that are available to the general public.