The result of a bench warrant and an arrest warrant is the same – – you will be arrested and held in custody pending a court hearing. The difference is in how each warrant is issued. An arrest warrant is issued after the judge reviews a sworn complaint by a law enforcement officer or takes sworn testimony from an officer. A bench warrant is issued by the judge “from the bench” for the failure to appear in court. The judge will order that you be arrested and brought before him to answer why you did not appear in court. You search for arrest warrants and bench warrants in the same manner.
If you are searching for arrest warrants in Kay County, begin by looking for active criminal cases with the District Court. The Kay County District Court participates with the ODC website for internet access for searching court records. However, you must sign up with the website and pay fees associated with this website. If you want to search records at the Court Clerk’s office, you should contact one of the three locations to inquire about public access, fees and restrictions. The Clerk’s office is the best source for copies of criminal court records.
To continue your warrant search, you must look for outstanding warrants through the Kay County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office can give you information about active warrants that have yet to be served and information about arrest records on warrants that have already been executed. The office is located at 1100 West Dry Road, Newkirk, OK 74647 (telephone: 580-362-2517).
You may also want to check with the state’s Department of Corrections to view a list of escapes and Most Wanted Fugitives.
Kay County, OK crime data
Kay County averaged a crime every four hours from 1999 through 2008. There were approximately 20,000 crimes reported during this time, with almost 2,000 of those being considered violent. While overall crime rates increased by only six percent, the rate of violent crime increased by forty percent for the same period.