Easily Perform a Fairfield County Warrant Search In 5 Minutes

How to Conduct a Fairfield County Warrant Search Effortlessly

If you're a resident of Fairfield County, Ohio, you may be surprised to find out that there could easily be an outstanding warrant for your arrest, and you aren't even aware of it. The state of Ohio lacks the resources to pursue all outstanding warrants, so there is a possibility that you're wanted and don't know anything about it. DoNotPay has all the deets on how you can conduct a , for you or for someone else. Keep reading to learn how.

Don't the Police Serve All Warrants in Fairfield County?

In 2019, a Governor's Task Force estimated there were as many as 500,000 open, or outstanding, warrants statewide. Law enforcement only pursues warrants for arrests, so the others basically sit in a database until the wanted person gets pulled for running a red light, and boom—you're under arrest.

Warrants in Ohio

Many Ohioans believe that a warrant can only be issued for what they consider "real" crimes—things like murder, kidnapping, robbing a bank—the felonies that result in prison time if you're convicted. "Crime" in , and the rest of Ohio and the US—is really kind of a sliding scale. If you shoplift a lipstick, speed through a school zone, or don't pay your rent, then the courts will issue a citation and set a court date for you to explain why you spend, shoplifted, or skipped rent.

There are a few outcomes if you have such a citation.

  • Pay the fine or back rent before the court date, and case closed—no court.
  • Go to court and plead your case.
  • Skip going to court, and face a warrant for your arrest.

Here's the thing—you're not going to outrun a warrant, so if you think you or a family member might have one outstanding, go ahead and find out. It will let you be proactive about dealing with it and give you peace of mind.

Types of Fairfield County Warrants

Judges in Ohio can issue a variety of warrants. The only ones that could result in the police actively looking for you are arrest or child support warrants.

1. Arrest

If the police believe an individual has committed or is planning to commit a crime, they present the evidence—probable cause—to a judge or magistrate and they sign off on the warrant to arrest and detain that person. If the police believe someone is guilty of a felony, they do not have to get a warrant to arrest that person.

2. Bench

Blowing off a court date is a bad idea because the judge can cite you for Failure to Appear, which means they issue a bench warrant for your arrest. Most of Ohio's half-million outstanding warrants are bench or background warrants. These shadow warrants are especially scary because good law-abiding citizens are the ones roaming the streets with these outstanding warrants. The police figure that at some point you'll get a traffic ticket, and that's when they'll serve up a double surprise—smile, you're under arrest for not paying a six-year-old parking ticket.

3. Search

When law enforcement has probable cause to believe that the evidence of a crime is hidden in someone's home or office, a judge signs a warrant to search the premises. If they find whatever they're looking for, they go back to the judge for an arrest warrant. Search warrants have a limited life span, usually a number of days. Once the warrant expires, it goes away and is not part of the county database.

4. Peace

A lesser-known, but some would say more important, type of warrant is the peace warrant. The name here is misleading—a peace warrant is issued as a preventive measure against someone who is likely to be a danger to someone else; primarily domestic abusers and stalkers They're called "peace" warrants because they are meant to keep the peace in the community.

5. Non-Support

Fairfield County judges take a parent's responsibility to support their children seriously and will issue Non-support warrants for deadbeat parents. The Sheriff's Office issues these warrants, but a judge or magistrate still has to sign off on the warrant.

How to Find Warrants in Fairfield County

Online

The state doesn't maintain an "official" warrant database, but you can look up outstanding warrants on several free websites. Just type "Ohio arrest warrant search" into the search bar, and all those sites will populate your page.

In-Person

The Criminal Division of the Fairfield County Legal Department keeps copies of warrants. Please refer to the address provided below. It's on the second floor of the Hall of Justice in downtown Lancaster. For searching non-support warrants, contact Deputy Marty Norris, the person at the Sheriff's Office responsible for finding and arresting these individuals.

Phone Number740-687-6621
Deputy Marty Norris Phone Number740-652-7900
In-PersonHall of Justice

224 E Main St

Lancaster, Ohio 43130

Not Sure How to Proceed? DoNotPay is Here for You

Looking up arrest warrants online is indeed an unnerving thing to do, so you don't have to—DoNotPay is here to search for you. With just a few minutes and mouse clicks, your search results can be on the way to you—and it's easy and anonymous.

Here's how.

  1. Go to the Check for Warrants product on DoNotPay.

  2. Choose whether you want to search for yourself or someone else, and answer a few questions to help us narrow down the search results, including current and previous addresses, age, the names of parents/relatives, and any known aliases.

  3. Select how you would like to receive the results in the case where we have to contact the police station on your behalf (by mail or email).

  4. Enter your contact information, including email, address, and phone number.

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