If you think you think there might be a warrant for your arrest in Washington County, Minnesota, the sheriff’s website offers a free searchable warrant database. Most warrants issued in Washington County are the result of missed court appearances. People are also issued arrest warrants if they have violated probation or if an officer suspects that they have committed a crime. The arrest warrant must be signed by a judge and supported by evidence called probable cause. It is not required that the evidence prove the suspect’s guilt, only that it leads a reasonable person to believe the subject committed a crime.
The arrest warrant search for Washington County, MN, is located at https://www.co.washington.mn.us/2514/Warrant-Search.It is updated with active warrants several times a day, but new warrants can take several days to be added.
If you have an outstanding warrant and want to turn yourself in, you must go to the main jail before 6 AM on a weekday, and they will try to get you on the court docket for the day. If there is already bail set on the warrant, the bail can be paid at the jail, or you can post bond through a bonding agency. The bail may also be paid at any MN Sheriff’s office. The warrant will be cleared, and a court date will be set once the bail is satisfied. An outstanding warrant that is not settled leaves you open to arrest anywhere in Minnesota. Serious offenses will leave you vulnerable nationwide.
Crime rose significantly over the 10-year period between 1999 and 2008. Violent crime also increased in Washington County significantly at a rate of 32% compared to a 5% increase statewide. Less than 1% of the crime in this 10-year period was attributable to murder and rape. Even though the crime rose, less than 53,000 crimes were reported over the 10-year period out of a population of 230,000.