A warrant is a legal term used to refer to a court issued order. Contrary to popular belief, warrants are not always issued to command the detention of an individual. These directives may also be aimed at search and seizure of properties. The courts of Kansas have the exclusive authority to issue search and arrest warrants in the state.
When a decree of this nature is freshly issued it is legally termed as an active warrant; however, those directives that prevail in the system because they could not be executed get termed as KS outstanding warrants. There is no real difference in the powers of an outstanding and active order for arrest except for the terminology used.
How are outstanding warrants issued?
Arrest decrees can come from civil as well as criminal courts. However, active warrants are exclusively issued by tribunals that have criminal jurisdiction. The trial courts in the state are approached with a formal complaint for the issue of these orders. Although police officers are generally the complainants, who file the petition for a warrant on behalf of the victim and the state, civilians can also file a complaint with local tribunals when a crime is committed against them.
While the court will issue an active warrant in response to complaints filed by the cops, a criminal summons will be issued to deal with civilian petitions. This is an order used to command the presence of an accused in court. If the summons is disobeyed, the court will issue an arrest warrant against the alleged offender.
For the issue of KS outstanding warrants, the police have to go to court with a formal petition. The writ has information on the victim, the criminal occurrence, the evidence and the reason why the police suspect the person in question. All of this information is studied to ensure that there is reasonable cause against the alleged offender.
How are arrest warrants served?
For the execution of outstanding warrants from KS, police can go all over the issuing county and beyond. In fact, even state lines do not limit the serving of these orders. Treated on a priority basis, these directives are aimed at all law enforcement agents across the country. So, in essence a warrant can be served in any state.
Also, warrants can be executed at any time. Peace officers are well within their rights when they enter public and private properties to nab the accused. Detentions under felony warrants can happen at any time and police officers can even enter the home of the accused or a third party to arrest the offender. In case of misdemeanors, the orders are more restrictive in nature.
Such warrants can only be served in the issuing county and within a certain time limit. Police officers can only barge into the home of an accused from 6 am to 10 pm to arrest him but if the offender is found in a public place, he will be taken into custody regardless of the time.
Looking for Kansas arrest records and warrants
Possibly the easiest way to look for outstanding warrants in KS is to check out the most wanted list on the websites of the sheriffs’ departments listed below:
- Kansas Doc: http://www.dc.state.ks.us/escapees
- DEA: http://www.justice.gov/dea/fugitives/stl/stl_div_list.shtml
- Cloud County: http://www.cloudcountyks.org/main/sheriff/sheriff-s-most-wanted
- Cherokee County: http://www.cherokeecountykssheriff.com/wanted.php
- Harvey County: http://www.harveycounty.com/index.php?option=com_jportfolio&Itemid=185
- Lyon County: http://lyoncounty.org/sheriff/?page_id=57
- Pratt County: http://www.prattcountysheriff.com/disclaimer.php?id=2