An arrest warrant and a bench warrant both serve the same purpose - - they command the defendant to appear before the court. An arrest warrant is only issued after a judge has determined there is a probable cause based on a complaint or indictment. The judge must determine that a reasonable person would believe the defendant committed the alleged crime based on the facts submitted to the court. On the other hand, a bench warrant is issued by a judge for failure to appear or failure to pay a fine. The bench warrant is intended to force the defendant to appear before the court because he has failed to comply with a previous order of the court.
Lauderdale County, AL Courts
To search for court records, you will need to contact the Lauderdale County Circuit Court Clerk's Office. The Clerk's Office maintains arrest records for the court, including but not limited to, criminal cases. The Clerk's Office is located at 200 South Street in Florence, AL 35630 (telephone: 256-760-5728). The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.
You will need to specifically check with the Warrant Magistrate Office for any active warrants.
Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office
To search for outstanding warrants in Lauderdale County, contact the warrant clerk for the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office. The office is located at 200 South Court Street, Florence, AL 35630 (telephone: 256-760-5757). You may also be able to obtain a list of the county's most wanted fugitives.
Crime rates for Lauderdale County, AL
Between 1999 and 2008, Lauderdale County ranked third highest for crimes when compared to nine similar counties in Alabama. During that period, over 19,700 crimes were committed with 1,605 of those crimes being violent in nature. The majority of the crimes committed in Lauderdale County for this period were related to theft or burglary. Only 14 murders were committed during these 10 years.