Wednesday, March 8, 2017
How Arrest Warrants Work
Bob Osborne of Farmington, CT, has served as a police officer in nearby Bristol since 2002. Farmington, CT's Bob Osborne comes to his work with an in-depth knowledge of arrest warrants and other police procedures.
As the name indicates, an arrest warrant legally permits a police officer to take an individual into custody. It must specify the individual who is subject to the arrest as well as the specific crime that the person has allegedly committed. There must be sufficient concrete evidence to indicate that the named individual has committed that crime.
A police officer must present this information before a judge by way of an affidavit. The officer must voluntarily compose this document and must do so under oath, so as to affirm that the officer believes in the guilt of the named suspect.
Because an arrest warrant names a specific crime, the court may issue multiple warrants for the same subject. Each warrant remains valid until it is fulfilled and the police have taken the suspect into custody.