In Benton County, MN, the arrest warrant search page is only updated about once per month, so if you believe an active warrant has been recently issued, it is best to call the sheriff’s department at 320-968-7201. If you have an older outstanding warrant in Benton County, Minnesota, you should first check their list of active warrants located under the “most wanted” link of the county website. The warrant search for Benton County can be found here http://www.co.benton.mn.us/225/Active-Warrants is a direct link to the arrest warrant list. Specific information regarding surrender on a warrant is not available online, but a phone call to the above number will direct you to the proper place and time. Most jurisdictions set specific times to turn yourself in so that your name can be added to the court docket for that day.
If you choose not to turn yourself in, every trip outside your home is a gamble. Any police officer in Benton County can arrest you—even if you are not currently breaking the law. If your warrant is for a felony violation, you are not safe from unplanned arrest in any state in America. Warrants are not to be construed as guilt; they mean that there is enough evidence against you to lead a reasonable person to believe that you were involved.
Benton County, Minnesota, does maintain a jail roster that is updated daily. If you are concerned about a friend, you can search the inmate list. Benton County also maintains a list of all felony convictions on their website, complete with their sentence. Judges determine sentencing by using a combination of the seriousness of the crime and previous arrest records.
Crime has skyrocketed nearly 85% in the nine-year period between 2000 and 2008. The Violent crime rate, which includes murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults also increased by over 70%, even though these crimes only account for about 5% of the total reported crimes.