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 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 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 must 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 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 at 200 South Court Street, Florence, AL 35630 . You may also be able to obtain a list of the county’s most wanted fugitives.
How do you connect with law enforcement agencies over the phone for a Lauderdale County warrants search and arrests-data? (Checked in 2021)
• To find out about recent arrests: Call the Lauderdale County Jail at (256) 760-5771.
• To check for active warrants: Contact the Sheriff’s Department at (256) 760-5757
• To request help for a crime victim/witness: Call the DA’s Victim Service Officer at (256) 764-6351.
• To learn more about criminal court records: Contact the Clerk of Court at (256) 768-7598/(256) 760-5713.
Crime rates for Lauderdale County, AL
Over 200 criminal complaints were filed by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department in 2017. The annual average included 165 property offenses and 37 crimes against people. The following crimes were reported:
• 87 larceny thefts
• 41 burglaries
• 37 motor vehicle thefts
• 32 aggravated assaults
• 4 rapes, and
• 1 robbery
Between 1999 and 2008, Lauderdale County ranked third highest for crimes 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. Most 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.