This weekend, someone e-mailed me with a question about a misdemeanor case that he had in Cook County a few years ago. This person stopped going to court, and recently learned that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He wanted to know what could be done to resolve the situation.
Up until a few months ago, I would not have been able to tell him too much, until I went to the courthouse and reviewed the court file. Now, however, thanks to Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart, you or I can go to the Sheriff’s website and get information instantly.
The Sheriff’s new criminal warrant search allows you to check for an outstanding warrant. The site will provide you with information about the warrant, most importantly, the amount of the bond that has been set. Assuming a D bond has been set, ten percent of the bond amount will be required to be deposited in order to bond out.
The site also provides other information, including the reason for the warrant and the date it was issued.
There is also a link for child support warrants as well.
So, after a quick check of the Sheriff’s website, I was able to get back to the potential client armed with detailed knowledge about his case and the status of the warrant.
This is an excellent use of technology — it makes life much easier for defendants, victims, their families, and attorneys. It also frees up court clerks and sheriff’s employees from having to pull files or answer phone calls about warrants.
Good job, Tom Dart!