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Arizona Penal Code 13-4405.01 deals with the issue and execution of arrest warrants. This section of the criminal procedure states that all warrants issued in Arizona will clearly mention the action to be taken by law enforcement agents under its provisions. For instance, the warrant has to explicitly mention if the person named in the document is to be arrested or charged with a crime or if the warrant has been issued for the search and seizure of property (search warrants).

In AZ, the judiciary issues arrest warrants and other legal provisions like search orders and bench warrants for detention. In fact, criminal summons are also released by the local tribunal with jurisdiction in such cases. Once an active warrant is issued, information about the order must be sent promptly to the agency responsible for investigating the criminal matter.

Victim’s right to receive information on the execution of outstanding warrants in AZ

In accordance with section 13-4405, if the victim has requested that he be notified of the arrest upon the detention of the alleged offender, the agency that has effected the arrest will

  • Notify the victim of the time and place at which the accused was apprehended
  • Provide information about the telephone number and address of the custodial agency
  • Offer victim information to the custodial agency so that the victim may be notified in case the suspect is released

Other legal provisions for detention

While active warrants are issued in criminal matters, depending on the gravity of the offense committed, the police officer in charge may very well issue a citation. Alternatively, when the affiant is a civilian, the court may release a summons in response to the complaint.

Suppose the citation or the summons are ignored even after the person who has been ordered to appear in court has been notified of the possible legal ramifications of such an act. In that case, the tribunal may issue a fiduciary warrant to bring this person in.

The powers of law enforcement agents acting under a warrant

Outstanding warrants, whether issued in criminal cases or are bench warrants, allow peace officers to arrest the suspect at any time of the day or night and from any place, whether public or private property. In expansion to this, an active warrant released in criminal matters can be executed anywhere in the state of Arizona and even outside.

While nabbing the accused, even if he is in the state’s most wanted category, the police officer in charge has to clearly mention to the accused his right to effect the arrest, that there is a warrant which calls for the detention of this individual and the charges that are being brought against him.

The arresting officer can not only break open doors and windows to enter a property that may be sheltering the accused but also summons the assistance of other sheriff’s officers and police officers, and private persons in making the arrest. Law enforcement agents as well as civilians have the authority to break into any premises where a person who has gone in to serve a warrant is being illegally detained.

Finding information on Arizona arrest warrants

The state of Arizona does not allow casual inquiries into criminal history; what this means for individual applicants is that only agencies that are statutorily permitted to gather arrest records and warrant-related information will be offered access to this data.

Yet, under state laws, information such as offenses, arrests, incident police reports, 911 logs, civil subpoenas, and other records except for accident photos and reports are deemed to be public records. Hence information pertaining to these can be accessed by anybody.

There are two approaches to accessing criminal history information. If you are looking for a personal criminal background report, you will have to complete the records review instruction packet. To get more information, go to or call 602-223-2222. The completed packet will have to be mailed to the address listed below.

A sex offender list can also be procured from the Department of public safety for $25. To access this information write to:

Criminal History Records

Section 2102 W. Encanto Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85009

You must submit a fingerprint-based inquiry form for third-party arrest records and warrant data. However, only non-profits and organizations working with seniors, children, and physically or mentally challenged individuals can access this data.

Public records inquiries can be submitted online at or by writing to the Department at the address above. The applicant is notified of the pricing of the report once the inquiry has been submitted and he/she will have to review the records before purchasing them. Court records and court dockets are not made part of this information. However, you could find information on these through the clerk of the court’s office.

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