Clay County, Missouri Arrest Records and Warrants

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The issue of a Clay County, Missouri active warrant signals the beginning of a criminal process against the accused. The sheriff’s office usually seeks arrest warrants in cases where the offender cannot be arrested right after the crime is committed. In other words, a judicial order is needed when the suspect in question cannot be immediately linked to the criminal act.

Of course, this does not mean that the police always need to have a warrant in hand to effect an arrest. On the contrary, if a peace officer has reason to believe that an individual was responsible for a crime, he/she may immediately detain this person. However, unless the evidence available in the matter is sufficient for filing criminal charges, the police will have to release this individual within a few hours of arrest.

Arrest warrants from Clay County have to be requested by the sheriff’s office; however, whether to issue the order or not is entirely at the discretion of the judiciary. Once an accused has been taken into custody under a judicial directive’s provisions, he can only be released when the sitting magistrate grants him bail.

Multiple government agencies maintain information on active and outstanding warrants from Clay County. These state departments and their contact details have been listed below.

  • The police: 12 S Water St, Liberty, Missouri 64068
  • The county clerk: Courthouse Square, Liberty, Missouri 64068
  • The court of the magistrate: 11 S Water St, Liberty, MO 64068

Unless the warrant search is being conducted to help a homeless person secure employment or aid a member of the United States’ armed forces who has been honorably discharged, a fee will have to be incurred when inquiring about arrest records from Clay.

This holds for the sheriff’s office, the magistrate’s court, and the county clerk’s department. However, you will only have to pay if you need the report in printed form in the latter case. To merely browse through the database of court dockets, you can use the public service terminals at the office of the clerk of court.

In Clay County, MO, approximately 110,000 criminal incidents occurred from 1999 to 2008. Of this massive figure, only a few over 14,000 were acts that could be considered violent. The annual crime average for the area stands at an estimated 10,000 cases. Through the period mentioned above, there was a reduction of nearly 10% in the number of reported crimes while the growth in violent criminal acts was also paltry at just about 4%.

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