Miami-Dade County Arrest Records and Warrant Search
An arrest warrant does not indicate guilt. A person can be convicted of a crime only in court. But still in case there is a warrant for your arrest, it means that you can be incarcerated anytime and anywhere in Florida. That might explain why you would be interested in conducting a Miami-Dade County warrant search to be sure you or someone you know do not appear in the wanted list of any law enforcement agency.
Where can you search for Miami-Dade County outstanding warrants?
MDPD has a crime information center where you can search for outstanding warrants in Miami-Dade. However, as it is mentioned on their website, not all records will appear in the online database; the ones that will be presented are those that were specially selected in order to assist the county's law enforcement agencies in locating wanted persons. Once a record is found, you will have to verify that it is indeed an authentic active arrest warrant (in some cases wanted people will use false identities). To do that, it is suggested that you contact Miami-Dade County sheriff office. They will help you shed light on the true nature of the warrant you have found. Their phone number is 305-4-POLICE. Their address is:
Miami-Dade Police Department. 9105 NW 25 St. Doral, FL 33172.
Instructions for carrying out an arrest search
Carrying out a Miami-Dade County arrest records search is a little bit complicated. The website run by the clerk of court will direct you to the county's criminal court services. These services include County Criminal and Circuit Criminal. The former deals only with misdemeanor arrest records while the latter is in charge of felony affidavits of probable cause, arrest warrants and jury indictments. The clerk of court also offers you an online tool for finding court records. However, this will not assist you in recovering arrest records. Therefore, you will probably have no choice but to arrive at the sheriff office and ask for the information you need. If you want to save time and bother and avoid roaming through endless official websites, you can turn to the search form above. It will enable you to conduct a broad criminal background check on a person whose name you include in the search. Besides, conducted from you private home computer, an online background check is much more comfortable and confidential.
Finding Miami-Dade Public Records
Miami-Dade County offers two excellent official sources you can use. The first is the sheriff office website which includes a public records request section. For example, it contains information on
- Offense/Incident (O/I) Reports
- Florida Traffic Crash (FTC) Reports
- Police Clearance Letters
- Sealed and Expunged Records
You should know that the Central Records Bureau occupies the same building the sheriff office does. The second source is Miami-Dade County clerk of court website. It has a special Courts & Records page for public use.
Conducting an Inmate Search
The most recommended source for a Miami-Dade County inmate search is the Corrections & Rehabilitation Department website. They have an In-Custody Inmate Information page that will enable you to locate a person held in the county jail.
Miami-Dade County crime rates and statistics
Miami-Dade is the largest county in Florida, and as such it has the largest number of arrest in 2013 (125,483). At the same year, 229 murders were reported (a 9% rise in comparison to 2012). There were also 1,143 sex offenses within the county's borders, more than 6,300 robberies and almost 9,500 aggravated assaults.