According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, Louisiana is a state with one of the highest crime rates in the U.S.
It has a high level of violent and non-violent crime rate that is far above the national average.
Unsurprisingly, the state's public safety departments and the judicial branch have issued several warrants to take criminals off the street and discourage people from committing more crimes.
This article explores the various channels you can find warrants in Louisiana and what to do when you find vital information.
Understanding Louisiana warrants
A judge or magistrate from one of Louisiana's judicial branches issues a warrant.
This document gives the police legal permission to execute arrests and conduct searches within the state's jurisdictions. The majority of warrants get approved when:
● The police believe a person committed a crime
● A suspect fails to attend court hearings
● A defendant refused to comply with the judge's orders
● Law enforcement officials suspect evidence may be within an area or on a person, or in a physical object
● A suspect tries to flee to another state
As we go on, you'll discover which situation is specific to each type of warrant. Meanwhile, if you suspect a warrant is out in your name, you must react proactively to diffuse the situation.
Finding warrant information in Louisiana
Louisiana warrant information is available online in Louisiana via the police department's website, third-party sites, and the courts' database. You can also check for it in person at local law enforcement agencies and the clerk of court's offices.
Accessing warrant information on the Louisiana Police Department website
Here's a guide on how to use the state police website to retrieve your warrant information:
1. Go to the website: Type in or paste the LSP website address on your browser.
2 Click the warrant search button: Search for the warrant search key on the homepage. This will redirect you to another page showing instructions on obtaining the information.
3. Input the keywords: Enter the basic personal information that can help retrieve a perfectly optimized result. These keywords include the person's first name, surname, and address. If you have more information, like the person's security number, input them.
4. Click ‘submit’: When you type in the necessary information, submit the search and wait for the system to display the reports. Once it does, review your results to confirm you have obtained the correct records.
Every warrant found using the LSP website reveals the warrant number, the information, and other details like the bond amount, issuing agency and court, and the proposed fines to resolve the order.
How to locate your warrant details by contacting local law enforcement agencies
You can contact your county's local law enforcement agencies for information on outstanding and resolved warrants. Fortunately, most Louisiana sheriff departments offer warrant information online. For those that do not, you can always find their contact information to either call or go in person to make requests.
Here are contact information and websites addresses to obtain warrant information in some Louisiana counties:
East Baton Rouge Sheriff Department – Baton Rouge
Online requests: Warrant list
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Department – Gretna
Physical address: 1233 Westbank Expressway Harvey, LA 70058
Phone number: 504-363-5500
Orleans Parish Sheriff Department– New Orleans
Physical address: 2800 Perdido St., New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone number: 504-202-9339
Caddo Parish Sheriff Department– Shreveport
Online request – Warrant list
St Tammany Parish Sheriff Department – Covington
Physical address: 300 Brownswitch Rd Slidell, LA 70458
Phone number: (985) 726-8000
Lafayette Parish Sheriff Department– Lafayette
Online requests: Warrant list
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Department – Lake Charles
Physical address: 5400 E Broad St, Lake Charles, LA 70615
Phone number: (337) 491-3780
Obtaining warrant information from Louisiana Clerks of Court
The court clerk's office in each county offers access to outstanding warrants.
You can obtain their contact information by visiting the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association website. Each website is easy to use and is similar to the LSP warrant website.
Alternatively, contact the local District Attorney's office for information about resolved and outstanding warrants. You can find a list of Louisiana licensed District Attorneys' offices and their contact information on the Louisiana District Attorneys Association website.
Dealing with pending warrants in Louisiana
Below are the top ways to deal with active warrants in Louisiana; you can apply any of them but do not ignore or try to flee the state.
● Consult a legal professional: an attorney can arrange an immediate arraignment for you, which helps reduce the time spent in jail.
● Check for mistakes in the order: Warrants can be issued with incorrect information or for the wrong person. If you notice an error in the warrant, inform your attorney immediately.
● Do not assume the worst: understand that avoiding jail time is possible if you fight your case with the help of a competent legal professional.
● Surrender yourself: Turning yourself in is often the best course of action after you've consulted with your legal advisor. A voluntary surrender can reduce your time in jail.
● Stay informed: Keep in touch with your attorney and stay updated on the progress of your case. Be sure to inform your attorney of any new developments or changes.
● Prepare for your court appearance and follow all courts' orders: Attend all court hearings as scheduled and follow your attorney's advice. Additionally, If you are released on bail or bond, follow all court-ordered conditions. Failure to comply with court orders can result in additional legal trouble.