In my 20 years as a private investigator, I have come across numerous cases in which crime victims were targeted by people they knew. This highlights the importance of conducting searches for active warrants and arrest records in the name of new personal and professional acquaintances.
Let me give you an example here. Recently, the Orange County Police were faced by multiple complaints of scammers posing as utility company workers and burglarizing the elderly residents of the area. I feel that these criminals were living in the vicinity of their victims which helped them to single out vulnerable residents. So, at the risk of sounding overly cautious, I would say that a warrant search is the need of the hour.
How do I find active warrants for arrest from Orange County?
The Sheriff’s Office of Orange County offers multiple facilities to get information on outstanding warrants. Among them are:
• An online tool for finding arrest warrants: The police department allows residents to launch an online search for all arrest warrants issued by the local courts at http://ws.ocsd.org/ArrestWarrants/. At the least, you will need the first and last name of the subject to initiate the inquiry.
• In person inquiries: The Sheriff’s Office also accepts requests for case and arrest records held by the department at the 1st Floor Public County of the Brad Gates Building, 320 N. Flower Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703. The agency charges a nominal fee of $0.15 per page for copying the records. But, case records are only released to victims and their legal representatives.
Can I also find information pertaining to arrests?
Yes, you can and with relative ease. Among the options available are:
1. Recent arrests search
For information on recent detentions, you can use the online facility at http://ws.ocsd.org/ArrestLog/. Information is only offered on arrests that were made in the last 30 days.
2. Jail inmate inquiry
This facility is offered at http://ws.ocsd.org/Whoisinjail/Search.aspx. You will need the last and the first name of your subject to find out if he is currently being held in the county jail or if he was arrested and released in the last 30 days.
3. Court records
For older records of detention, you can use the case search tool on the website of the Orange County Clerk of Court at https://ocapps.occourts.org/Vision_PublicNS/.
Who should I approach for a personal crime history report?
Only the California Depart of Justice is authorized to offer personal criminal background reports. The agency charges $25 for the service and to avail the facility, you will need to get yourself fingerprinted.
This can be done at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office or at one of the centers listed on https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/locations?county=Orange. You can mail your fingerprint card with your report request form and money order/check to the Record Review Unit, P.O. Box 903417, Sacramento, CA 94203-4170.