An officer may not need to have an arrest warrant to make an arrest; however, he must have probable cause to believe an individual committed a crime, or he must have witnessed the crime. In Oklahoma, officers appear before judges to provide facts to demonstrate that an individual committed a crime. It is in the judge’s sole discretion to decide if the officer has met the burden of probable cause. If you are looking for active warrants in Cherokee County, you must check with at least two offices; otherwise, you may overlook some arrest warrants.
The Cherokee County District Court keeps records of criminal cases pending in the court. To search court records or search for open cases, you will need to call the Court Clerk’s office. The office is in the Cherokee County Courthouse at 212 West Delaware in Tahlequah, OK 74464 (telephone: 918-456-0691). While the office personnel may not give you legal advice, they can help you with your case records search and help you make copies of court documents.
The Sheriff’s Office is where you will go if you want to look for outstanding warrants or if you want to get copies of arrest records. The Sheriff’s Department processes arrest warrants for the county. The office is located at 213 West Delaware Street in Tahlequah, OH 74464 (telephone: 918-456-2583). Ask to speak with someone in the warrants division for assistance with a warrant search. The Sheriff’s Office may also provide you with a list of the current fugitives within the county.
Remember that if you do have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, appearing in person at the Sheriff’s Office may result in your apprehension and incarceration under the arrest warrant.
Cherokee County, OK crime stats
From 1999 through 2008, crime rates rose in Cherokee County by over thirty percent, with violent crimes increasing by almost eighty percent. During this time, approximately 9,800 crimes were reported within the county, with nearly one-half of those crimes occurring less than one mile from the victim’s home.