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Oklahoma Warrant Search

An Oklahoma warrant search allows individuals in the state to search for warrants possibly issued to their name or other persons of interest. The Oklahoma Open Records Act gives the public the right to access, review, and copy records, including warrants, unless the records are sealed or marked as confidential. The most common information that the public can find in a warrant is the name of the suspect and any known aliases, a probable cause or reason for the warrant, a description of the items or place subject to search, the issuing judge or magistrate, and the date and time of the warrant. 


How Long Does a Warrant Stay Active in Oklahoma?

A warrant will remain active in Oklahoma unless a magistrate or judge quashes the warrant or if the suspect named in the warrant is apprehended. In some cases, a warrant can become invalid due to the statute of limitations or if the warrant was issued using a false affidavit or without sufficient probable cause.

Note that warrants for felonies usually never expire. Hence an Oklahoma warrant search is ideal to check for any active warrants occasionally. 

All warrants issued in Oklahoma are entered into the National Crime Information Center database to make warrants and other criminal record information, such as mugshots, available nationwide. 


What Are the Most Common Warrants in Oklahoma?

The three most common warrants during an Oklahoma warrant search include an arrest warrant, a search warrant, and a bench warrant. 

Arrest warrant

An Oklahoma arrest warrant is issued by a magistrate or a judge after a law enforcement officer provides a written affidavit with witness testimony or probable cause for the warrant to be issued. Once the police secure a warrant, they can arrest between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for misdemeanors. For felony cases, the police can make the arrest at any time of the day or night. 

An arrest warrant usually contains the following information:

  • Name of the defendant 
  • Any known alias if the person’s exact name is unknown
  • Details of the offense
  • Time and place when and where the warrant was issued
  • Name and signature of the judge or magistrate who issued the warrant
  • Bail information, if applicable

Search warrant

A search warrant allows law enforcement officers to search for specific items or a location to look for stolen items or evidence. Under state law, a search warrant can be used to search and seize items or properties to prove that someone has committed a crime or violated the law. 

Like the arrest warrant, a search warrant usually contains the following information:

  • Name of the defendant 
  • Any known alias if the person’s exact name is unknown
  • Description of the place or items to be searched
  • Probable cause of the search
  • Name and signature of the judicial officer who issued the warrant

Bench warrant

A bench warrant is a special type of warrant that can lead to an arrest. This type of warrant is usually issued when a person already has a violation and fails to pay their court dues or attend a court hearing. With a bench warrant, law enforcement authorities can make an arrest at any time, including traffic stops. 

Once arrested, the authorities will bring the defendant before the court stated in the bench warrant. 

How To Perform Warrant Search in Oklahoma

There are several ways for the public to perform an Oklahoma warrant search. 

The first step is to visit the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to request criminal history records, including warrants. Note that name-based searches come at a fee of $15.00 per search, and $19.00 per search applies for fingerprint-based inquiries. 

Warrant searches are also available via court case search or through the local Sheriff’s offices. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections also allows offender searches with a $2.00 search fee. The public may also use third-party sites to perform warrant searches, but with varying and limited information.

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