In Coos County, Oregon arrest warrants are only released after the sitting magistrate of the local, criminal tribunal has had a chance to deliberate on all the evidence collected in the matter. This clause has been included in the state's criminal code to ensure that the police are not handed unbridled powers to arrest just about anybody.
Of course this does not mean that peace officers always need an active warrant in Coos County to take an accused into custody. However, spot detentions are only considered legal when they are based on irrefutable proof of the offender's culpability. This means that in the absence of an outstanding warrant, the police can only detain a person if he has committed an illicit act in open view of a law enforcement agent.
Another scenario in which a person can be detained without an active warrant is if he is arrested while leaving the crime scene and the circumstantial evidence and witness testimony points to his involvement in the matter. Generally, when a case requires investigation, the police will seek a judicial arrest order to bring the accused in.
So, as you can see, a warrant search will not only bring back information on all judicial detention decrees in the name of a person but also such an inquiry can get you details on all criminal cases initiated against a person along with the charges filed in such matters, arrest records against this individual from Coos County, trial recordings and the way in which the matter was disposed. To find this information, you can take your inquiry to:
- The sheriff: 250 N. Baxter, Coquille, Oregon 97423
- The county clerk: As given above
- The magistrate: As given above
Nearly 1200 crime complaints are filed in Coos County every year. Of this cumulative figure only about 4% are acts that can be deemed as violent while the remaining 95% plus incidents are cases filed against property crimes. Through the decade that ended in 2008, violent crime shows the highest growth at 45% while reported crimes trailed behind with an increase of 25%.