Pursuant to the Connecticut General Statues, an arrest warrant can be issued by any judicial officer on the basis of an affidavit of oath submitted by another individual charging the accused of a criminal act. The only time a petition for the issue of active warrants is not required is when the alleged offender is a fugitive, has broken the terms of probation, bond or parole or is a convict who has escaped from prison.
In these scenarios, orders for arrests can be released without complaints; such directives are known as bench warrants and even though they also call for the detention of a person, these orders are restricted in terms of the execution area and time. As opposed to this, an outstanding warrant issued in a criminal case can be served in any part of the country and at any time, even years after its issue.
A warrant: Warrants for detention are just one among scores of other judicial directives available to the tribunal to deal with various factors that may impact a criminal case. For instance, a warrant which orders that a person be taken into custody is common when it comes to felonious cases. It is usually issued to bring in the main culprit in a criminal case.
Subpoenas: When a witness who has a vital role to play in the prosecution's or the defense's argument fails to show up in court even though a subpoena is issued in his name, a warrant may be released to ensure that this person is present during the trial. Initially, the norm in such a scenario is for the magistrate to subpoena the person who has to testify or any other witnesses who may be crucial to the case.
Summons: A capias or summons is issued in CT when a complaint is filed against an individual by a civilian and not the police. In such a situation, the judge can issue a summons ordering the alleged offender to appear before the court. If this directive is disobeyed then the magistrate may issue a warrant in the name of this individual.
Search warrants: As their name suggests, these orders are issued to enable police officers to enter a property and search it to find incremental items that can be used against the accused. Like an active warrant, a search warrant is only issued when the police can show that there is probable cause to assume that a weapon or any other items that can be used as proof in a criminal matter are being hidden or kept in a particular structure.
Information on all these legal instruments is maintained by the office of the magistrate as well as the clerk of court. Details on these orders are stored in the court dockets; however, getting access to court records or case specific information may not always mean that you will be able to find out about any and all legal orders issued against the subject.
Yet, it would be safe to assume that getting a warrant search done in Connecticut can get you more than just the arrest records on your subject. You will also be able to find details on the charges filed against him/her along with information on how the case was finally disposed. It is worth mentioning here that like many other states, in Connecticut as well, a search for crime history will only bring back results on cases that have ended in a conviction.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act of the state, all residents have the statutory right to access crime history data. However, only information that can be deemed as public records is disseminated under the provisions of this law. In order to find information on arrest warrants, you will need to download a request form from the website of the Connecticut Department of Public Safety at http://www.ct.gov/dps/lib/dps/reports_and_records/dps-0846-c.pdf. Fill this form and send it to The State police Bureau of Identification at:
Additional information on the process can be sought through their website at http://www.ct.gov/dps/cwp/view.asp?Q=294426&a=2154&dpsNav.A $50 fee will be charged for every name based search initiated through the agency.
If you are looking for information on arrest warrants that have already been executed or prisoners who are serving time in state correctional facilities, try the website of the Department of Corrections at http://www.ctinmateinfo.state.ct.us/.
Most wanted lists can also help you to identify dangerous criminals who may be operating in and around your neighborhood. For this information, you will need to visit the office of the sheriff. In many counties, this data is offered through the website of the law enforcement agency.