You can use many unofficial sites to search for warrants in any state or county, but they may not be as up-to-date as an official source. Most counties have the information on their website, and it is regularly updated to show the most current information. This information is offered free of cost.
In Olmsted County, Minnesota, the sheriff’s website publishes an up-to-date list of active arrest warrants. The list appears at http://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/SHERIFF/DIVISIONS/LEC/HOTTOPICS/Pages/activewarrants.aspx.An Olmsted County warrant search is just one of the features available; the website also includes the activity log of the calls made from the sheriff’s deputies to the dispatcher from the previous day. A list of Olmsted County’s most wanted can be accessed, and a list of individuals in custody along with the reason they are being held. The existence of an outstanding warrant or arrest in Olmsted County is visible to anyone with a computer. Arrest records are public information, and Olmsted County encourages public dissemination of all information on their website by media outlets.
Like anywhere else in the United States, an arrest warrant in Olmsted County is essentially a court order commanding the police to arrest you and bring you before the judge to answer criminal accusations. The accusation is usually made by a police officer who brings it before a judge who decides if the accusation has merit based on the legal concept of probable cause. A judge’s determination that probable cause exists does not speak to the suspect’s guilt. Arrests can also be made at the actual incident without a judge’s order.
As previously mentioned, the Olmsted County website offers a custody search that you can use to search for an inmate and see what the person is charged with. There are over 2,700 outstanding warrants in Olmsted County that range from petty misdemeanors to serious felonies. Compared to similar counties in MN, Olmstead has a higher violent crime rate. During the interval between 1999 and 2008, crime increased by over 20%.