Los Angeles County Arrest Records Search

Los Angeles County Warrant Search

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A warrant search in Los Angeles, California is hardly an easy task! In fact, if you are looking for arrest records in the name of another person, neither the police nor the courts will be forthcoming. In keeping with the laws of the state of California pertaining to the release of criminal records, you can only get information on arrest warrants and other details pertaining to a criminal matter if you are the victim or the accused.

So, what are my options to get information on Los Angeles’s outstanding warrants?

If you believe you may have an active warrant from Los Angeles in your name, the safest bet is to conduct the investigation through a third-party source. On the other hand, if you are seeking arrest records in somebody else’s name, your options will vary depending on the status of the case, how you are connected to the defendant/accused, and other factors.

  1. Arrest records for Los Angeles County can be accessed through the website of the local law enforcement agency. If your subject is currently incarcerated in a county jail, and you know his/her full name, you can get more information on the arrest from the LA Sheriff’s Department webpage here.
  2. If the case is currently in court and you have the 8-character case number, you can get information about it in the form of a summary from the Superior Court website here.
  3. If the person you are investigating is an absconding suspect with serious offenses to his name, he may figure in the most wanted list of the county which is available in the LA Most Wanted From the Greater Los Angeles Area page.
  4. Finally, suppose you are an employer who is legally allowed to access this information or are seeking personal crime records for the purpose of employment or travel, or adoption. In that case, you will need to approach the Department of Justice of California. But, for such an inquiry, you will need to provide your fingerprints or that of the subject. Fingerprinting can be done at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. You can find more information on public records information page and in the FAQ – Regarding obtaining copies of police reports, fingerprinting, identification, and service fees.

The Gang Factor

Gangs have long been a part of Los Angeles County’s crime narrative. The county is home to approximately 450 active gangs, with a combined membership of about 45,000. These gangs are involved in a variety of criminal activities, including drug trafficking, robbery, and, most notably, violent crimes such as shootings and homicides.

In 2020, gang-related homicides in the county increased by 41%, with 185 recorded cases. This increase is particularly concerning given that gang-related homicides account for over half of all homicides in the county.

According to the data available from the LASD, there was a significant rise in the instances of criminal complaints in the area between 2014 and 2016. Overall, violent crime rates surged by almost 14% while homicide rates increased by nearly 25%. But, the police have managed to control the situation, and 2017 looks much better so far, with a reduction of almost 4% in the number of criminal cases.