Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find information about:
|Child Safety Seats||Criminal Background Checks|
|Body Attachments||Rental Evictions|
|Fingerprints||Warrants of Arrest|
|Missing Persons||Police/Accident Reports|
|Protection Orders||Restraining Orders|
|No Contact Orders||Sex Offenders|
SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND JAIL LOCATION - Where is the Sheriff's Office and Jail located?
The Sheriff's Office and Jail are located approximately 1 mile south of the 62/412-65 Junction at Bellefonte, Arkansas. See actual physical address below.
ADDRESSES - What is the mailing address and telephone number of the Sheriff's Office and Jail? What is the e-mail address to both?
Mailing address and physical address for the Sheriff's Office and Jail is 5800 Law Drive, Harrison, AR 72601. E-mail can be sent to email@example.com for general inquiries and to firstname.lastname@example.org for jail inquiries. For anonymous tips or to report crimes email@example.com. E-mail addresses are NOT monitored 24 hours a day. Telephone number for the Sheriff's Office is 870-741-8404. Jail is 870-429-1406. FAX 870-429-1617
CHILD SAFETY SEAT - At what age does my child have to be in a child safety or booster seat?
Arkansas Law requires that a child under six (6) years of age or sixty (60) pounds, be restrained in a child passenger seat properly secured to the vehicle. Any child over six (6) and under fifteen (15) years of age must be secured in a seatbelt. The Sheriff’s Office does not give away car seats.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS - How do I obtain one?
Criminal Background Checks - General: The Sheriff's Office may provide certain information to the public that is available for public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. This would include information from the Sheriff's Office Records Management System on Incident/Offense Reports, Accident Reports, Jail Booking Records, Warrant Records, Civil Process Records, Citations, and Dispatch Logs/Complaint Cards. Exceptions would be for records relating to active/ongoing investigations, certain personnel records, records that have been sealed/expunged by court order, and records involving juvenile offenders or juvenile suspects. There are nominal fees associated with processing these requests. The Sheriff's Office is prohibited by law from providing criminal history or background information of any kind from the Arkansas Crime Information Center database or the National Crime Information Center database. In addition, we cannot provide information relating to records maintained by any other law enforcement agency. You would need to contact those agencies directly for information from their records.
The Arkansas State Police Identification Bureau in Little Rock can provide a more thorough criminal history check that encompasses all jurisdictions in Arkansas. Information on their procedures can be found on the Arkansas State Police web site at www.asp.state.ar.us
The Sheriff’s Office will do local, in-house criminal histories for those applying for housing assistance. The cost is $5.00 per person for these histories.
BODY ATTACHMENTS - What does this mean?
Body Attachments are court orders usually issued in child support enforcement actions. They are very similar to warrants of arrest that are issued in criminal cases.
A Body Attachment orders and directs law enforcement officers to seize the body of the person named in the order and hold that person in custody pending further orders of the court.
Most Body Attachments (but not all) will have language indicating that the person can be released from custody if a prescribed cash amount is paid to secure his release. This amount may or may not equal the total of delinquent child support payments. Other Body Attachments will require the person to remain in custody until brought before the Judge who issued the order. Body Attachments can be served in any part of the State, just as arrest warrants can.
Any monies that the Sheriff's Office collects from Body Attachment actions will be held and distributed as later directed by the court or as prescribed under the law.
EVICTION - How do I evict someone or have them evicted?
Eviction Procedures: There is no statutory authority for the Sheriff’s Office to serve Notices of Eviction. The Landlord should serve these notices themselves; however, if notices come from an attorney or through court the Sheriff’s Office should serve them. We charge a normal Civil Process fee of $50.00.
LANDLORD INSTRUCTIONS: Landlords should be instructed to use the unlawful detainer statutes allowed through chancery (Civil) court. These are obtained by opening a civil case in the Circuit Clerk’s Office at the courthouse. An attorney must be used or the Arkansas Rules of Civil procedure must be followed. The court will require either a three or ten day written notice to vacate given to the renter by the Landlord. This occurs only if the renter is behind on rent. Otherwise a full rental period written notice must be given.
COURT PROCEEDINGS: The Court will issue a notice of intention to issue a writ of possession. The Sheriff’s Office will serve this allowing the renter five (5) days, excluding holidays and Sundays, to file an answer in court. If there is a written objection filed by the renter in court, then the Landlord obtains a court date. If there is no written objection filed by the renter, a writ of possession is issued.
If a writ of possession is issued, the Sheriff’s Office will serve this notice. This allows the renter twenty-four hours to vacate or the Sheriff’s Office will assist the Landlord in removing the renter.
FINGERPRINTS - How can I be fingerprinted for work/job purposes?
Fingerprints: The Sheriff’s Office will fingerprint persons upon request as part of pre-employment criminal history background checks. The Sheriff’s office provides this service as a courtesy and does not charge a fee. Detention Center officers perform this service and may request you come back later if they are tied up with their work. Fingerprint hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. We do not fingerprint on Friday.
WARRANT OF ARREST - How do I find out if I have a warrant for my arrest? What do I do if I have one?
The Sheriff's Office maintains thousands of Warrants of Arrest issued by the District Court and Circuit Court. All of these warrants constitute public records under the Freedom of Information Act. Any person can obtain information on arrest warrants pertaining to himself or herself or any other person by placing phone call to the Sheriff's Office. Such information as the date of the warrant, charge(s) specified on the warrant, bond amount, and issuing court can be provided.
Many arrest warrants are served by deputies working in the field, either during vehicle stops or by visiting the last known home address or work address of the person named in the warrant. Other warrants are served when people voluntarily surrender themselves to the Sheriff's Office after learning a warrant exists for their arrest.
Most warrants will have a bond specified by the court that a person in custody is required to post before being released. Other warrants are "No Bond" warrants, and the person must remain in custody until appearing before a Judge for further proceedings.
On those warrants that have a bond amount specified, the Sheriff's Office will accept either cash for the bond or a surety bond issued by a professional licensed bail bonding company. The Sheriff's Office generally will not accept or approve an O/R Bond (release on own recognizance) or a property bond.
Misdemeanor arrest warrants may be served anywhere in the State of Arkansas. Felony arrest warrants are extraditable from anywhere within the United States. The Sheriff's Office is very aggressive in serving arrest warrants, and extradition will generally be authorized whenever we are notified a person is in custody in another jurisdiction on a Boone County warrant.
Any person wanting information about an arrest warrant or how to take care of an active warrant should contact the Sheriff's Office. We will make every effort to make a reasonable accommodation to allow the person to satisfy the warrant within the boundaries of the law and department policy.
MISSING PERSONS - How and under what conditions can I report someone missing?
Missing Person reports are separated into two general categories:
Missing/Runaway Juveniles: The parent or guardian of any juvenile (under 18 years of age) may file a missing person-runaway juvenile report at any time. These reports will be immediately entered into the NCIC/ACIC law enforcement database, which would serve to alert any officer from any jurisdiction having contact with the juvenile that he or she is listed as missing or a runaway. Radio notification will be made to all officers on duty. Deputies will also follow-up on any leads provided by the parent/guardian as to the possible location of the juvenile.
Missing Adults: Any person eighteen (18) years of age or older is considered to be an adult with full freedom of movement and liberty. Exceptions would include persons 18 years of age or older who remain under the legal guardianship of another adult or protective services. Deputies will take reports of missing adults at any time. The extent of any follow-up will depend upon the circumstances of the disappearance. For example, if evidence indicated that the missing person was endangered or may have been forcibly abducted, deputies would immediately begin follow-up on leads. If the missing person simply has not been seen recently but no evidence of foul play was found to exist, then our options and responsibilities in those cases are limited under the law and department policy.
POLICE REPORTS - How do I get a copy?
Obtaining Copies of Reports and Records: Most Sheriff’s Office records are public information under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and are available for public viewing, and for copying for a nominal fee. There are several exceptions to this, including specifically reports and paperwork relating to criminal cases remaining open and under investigation, certain personnel records, records sealed/expunged by court order, and records relating to juveniles (under 18 years of age). We will not compile statistical or comparative data for individuals, nor will Administration Staff offer comment on reports or documents prepared and filed by individual deputies.
Accident Reports: Patrol Deputies prepare traffic accident reports on accidents they have investigated on county roads. These reports are filed with clerical staff within five (5) days of the date of the accident. There is a nominal fee for copies of these reports. Although deputies frequently arrive at accident scenes on Arkansas State Highways and U. S. Highways to assist the State Police, the deputy will generally not investigate the accident himself. That is the responsibility of the State Police under the law. Reports from those accidents are filed with the Arkansas State Police Headquarters, and they are not available from the Sheriff’s Office.
PROTECTION ORDERS - How do I get one and when do they go into effect?
ORDERS OF PROTECTION:
A. Orders issued by the Circuit Court to protect victims in Domestic Violence situations.
B. To be eligible, the victim must have been in a “Domestic Type Relationship” with the offender, within the definition of the law. The definition includes married people, people related within the 4th degree of consanguinity, people who have lived together, had a child together, or have been in a dating relationship. Parents or advocates may also obtain, or assist in obtaining, Orders of Protection on behalf of others in some circumstances.
C. Application/Petition forms to obtain Orders of Protection are available at the Circuit Clerk’s Office. The Clerk may assist applicants in filling out the forms.
D. There are no costs associated with this order, no filing fees, and no service fees.
E. The completed application form is presented to a Circuit Judge for review.
F. The victim/applicant may have to answer questions from the Judge before he decides whether or not to issue the order. There must be sufficient grounds to issue the order.
G. If the application is approved, the Circuit Judge will issue an Ex Parte (Temporary) Order of Protection. This Order will be delivered to the Sheriff’s Office to be served on the offender. The Order has no validity and cannot be enforced until and unless the offender has been served with the Order.
H. When the offender is served, the Order will specify a court hearing date and time. The offender may appear to challenge the Order at that time.
I. At the time of the hearing, the Judge may make the order permanent (up to 10 years), may modify the provisions of the order, or may drop or terminate the temporary order.
J. The order may award temporary custody of children or dependents to the applicant/victim, may order spousal support, may award temporary possession of a residence or personal property, and may prevent the offender from having any contact with the victim, the victim’s children, family, or etc.
K. Any person who violates any provision of the Order of Protection has committed a crime, specifically a Class A Misdemeanor, the punishment for which is up to a $1,000 fine and/or up to one (1) year in jail. The Judge issuing the Order can also punish for Contempt of Court.
L. Officers may make an arrest without a warrant if there is probable cause to believe the Order of Protection has been violated or broken by the offender.
M. Mutual (two-way) Orders of Protection are not permitted, however the parties involved may obtain a separate Order of Protection against one another if grounds exist to convince a Judge to grant them.
Victims of Domestic Violence are encouraged to apply for Orders of Protection, because it is a crime to violate them. This gives law enforcement great authority to enforce the provisions of these orders and results in a new charge being filed. The same cannot be said for violating other kinds of orders.
A. These are civil court orders generally issued in divorce cases.
B. There are filing fees and service fees involved, and the services of attorney are generally required to obtain a Restraining Order.
C. A person who defies the provisions of a Restraining Order has not committed a criminal offense. The remedy for violating a Restraining Order is to petition the court to hold the offender/violator in Contempt of Court, the punishment for which is generally a small civil fine.
Restraining Orders are generally ineffective in Domestic Violence cases because they have no real teeth to them.
NO CONTACT ORDERS:
A. Any person taken into custody for a criminal offense resulting from a Domestic Violence incident will generally be issued a standing No Contact Order at the time of his or her release from custody. This order is issued as a condition of bail or condition of release.
B. The order remains in effect until lifted or terminated by a Judge, but can generally be valid for no more than two (2) years.
C. A person who violates a No Contact Order has not committed a crime; rather he or she has violated the conditions of bail or release and can be taken back into custody by the officer until appearing in person before a Judge. The bail is basically revoked.
The Sheriff’s Office has pre-printed information available on how to obtain Orders of Protection, how to obtain the services of a victim’s advocate, and how to obtain the services of a shelter. Any deputy will be glad to provide these materials or try to answer any questions about the Sheriff’s Office procedures in responding to and investigating incidents of Domestic Violence.
SEX OFFENDERS - What are the different levels and what do they mean?
Convicted Sex Offenders are required by law to register with law enforcement. The Boone County Sheriff's Office is the law enforcement agency that handles the registration process of all Sex Offenders who reside in Boone County with the exception of those that reside within the City of Harrison.
There are four (4) levels of Sex Offenders under Arkansas Law. The levels represent the likelihood the Offender will re-offend.
Level 1 - Least likely to re-offend
Level 2 - Moderate risk to re-offend
Level 3 - High Risk to re-offend
Level 4 - Sexually Violent Predator
A convicted Sex Offender, who is assigned a risk level of 1, 2, or 3, is required to come in to the Sheriff's Office every 6 months to re-register. A level 4 Sex Offender is required to come in every 3 months to re-register.
When a Sex Offender moves into the State of Arkansas, they are required to be evaluated before they are assigned a risk level. This process sometimes will take several months before the State assigns a risk level. Law Enforcement is not allowed to notify the public UNTIL a risk level has been assigned by the State of Arkansas.
Sex Offender Registrations, Verification's, and Changes of Information will only be done in person at the Boone County Sheriff’s Department on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. It is recommended you call ahead to ensure someone will be at the Sheriff’s Department to complete your registration update. If a holiday recognized by Boone County occurs on one of the above listed days then no registrations, verification's, or changes of information will be done on that day. It is your responsibility to make other arrangements with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department if you are unable to come in on one of the three scheduled days. Failure to complete registrations, verification's, and changes of information in a timely manner will result in your arrest and prosecution.
Registered Sex Offenders are required by Arkansas law to comply with all registration and assessment processes. This includes but not limited to providing finger and palm prints, physical addresses, mailing addresses, vehicle information, including vehicles you have access to but do not own, aircraft, watercraft, all social media accounts, all email accounts, all employment, volunteer projects, and contact phone numbers. Failing to provide accurate information will result in your arrest and prosecution.
FINE, TICKET AND RESTITUTION PAYMENTS - Where do I make payments and what payments does the Sheriff's Office accept?
Traffic ticket's that are received in Boone County from Deputies or Arkansas State Troopers are paid at the Sheriff's Department. Forms of payment accepted for traffic violations and District Court fines are cash and money orders when you pay in person. You can also pay traffic tickets online at www.MyFinePayment.com or call 877-591-8768 to pay by phone. You may call ahead to verify the amount owed at 870-741-8404.
Circuit Court fines, restitution, and court cost payments are paid at the Sheriff's Department. Forms of payment accepted are cash, money orders or credit card. Credit cards accepted are MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Visa. You can make payments by credit card by phone also.