How to Conduct a Lee County Warrant Search Quickly
Anyone who's ever visited Fort Myers, Coral Gables, or the resort islands of Captiva and Boca Grande in Florida, may have an outstanding warrant for their arrest. What's even more alarming for many tourists is that they don't even know that a speeding ticket or citation for running a red light can result in a warrant. Like Vegas, what happens in Lee County stays there—unless you conduct a proactive search. DoNotPay has tips for conducting a , so keep reading to learn how to get this critical information quickly and easily.
Why Would I Need to Know About Outstanding Warrants?
Finding out about search warrants is a two-pronged inquiry process. First, you need to know if there are outstanding warrants against you or a loved one. If one of your kids went to Fort Myers over spring break and ran a red light, they may not realize that the citation requires them to show up in court, or hire an attorney to represent them (although all those letters from lawyers in don't show up by accident)—and the ultimate result is a warrant. Here are some other reasons a judge would issue a warrant.
- Bounced checks
- Failure to pay child support
- Credit card fraud
- Leaving the scene of an accident
Second, if you've been the victim of a crime, you want to know if the suspect has been accused of other crimes (Tindr Swindler, anyone?) like yours. You should not take any action on your own against a suspect, but you can let law enforcement in your case know what you've found.
Is There More than One Type of Warrant?
In Florida, there are three types of warrants, and they are very different. Two have the potential for immediate arrest, and the other one could result in an arrest.
1. Arrest Warrant
When we think of warrants, an arrest warrant is a kind that springs to mind—one where the Fort Myers police or Lee County sheriff's deputies come to knock on your door, read you your Miranda rights, and haul you away in handcuffs—as they do on CSI Miami. This warrant is issued when law enforcement brings probable cause that a crime was committed, or stands a good chance of being committed. If the judge agrees, they sign the warrant for an arrest, and the police go out to serve that warrant.
2. Bench Warrant
Then there is the sort of shadow warrants that people don't even know they have outstanding. If you fail to show up in court or forget to pay a fine, the judge can issue a bench warrant for your arrest. Bench warrants are super tricky because the courts aren't obligated to notify you if a judge issues one. In real life, if you get pulled for an expired tag, the police will run a records check and that warrant will not only show up but be served on the spot.
3. Search Warrant
If Lee County law enforcement believes there is criminal evidence at a given property, they get a judge to issue a search warrant so they can inspect the premises. Unlike the other types of warrants, a search warrant has a time limit, so it's usually served immediately. If the search turns up the evidence, then an arrest warrant is issued—also immediately, while the police or sheriff is on the premises.
How to Lookup Warrants in Lee County
You have two options for warrant searches in Lee County. The county has a database for free warrant searches, or you could go to the County Courthouse in Fort Myers.
|Online||Lee County Sheriff's Office|
|In-Person||Lee County Sheriff's Office
14750 Six Mile Cypress Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33912
There's a Better Way
DoNotPay offers you an easier way to look up warrants. Anonymity is important to many people during this process, and we provide that. Also, if you can't get to the Courthouse during business hours, we are there for you. With just a few clicks, we can have your search results.
Here's how it works.
- Go to the Check for Warrants product on DoNotPay.
- 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.
- 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).
- Enter your contact information, including email, address, and phone number.
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