All arrests in Butler County, PA have to be legally preceded by arrest warrants. In order for arrest warrants to become valid in this County, a sitting judge must sign them. Once they are signed by a county judge, they become active warrants. At that point, the citizens against whom these arrest warrants are issued are under police search. Once found, they are liable for arrest and can be taken into custody by an officer on duty.
While there is some variation in terms of how strict or lenient a judge chooses to be, the law requires that all arrest warrants are preceded by a clear and probable cause. It is the responsibility of the requesting officer to provide this evidence, and once they do a judge cannot deny them the arrest warrant.
Butler County has similar laws and regulations when it comes to outstanding warrants as well. These are warrants of arrest that, since becoming active, law enforcement officials were unable to serve to the persons in question. Generally, this occurs because for one reason or another, the persons have not been found.
Anyone seeking information on Butler County, PA arrest records, should note that this information is made publicly available on the website run by the Butler Sheriff Department found here http://www.sheriffofbutlercounty.com/benchwarrants.html. You can also call their office at 724-284-5245 or personally visit the location at 1 FL, County Courthouse, 300 South Main Street, and ask for information on active and outstanding warrants.
It is interesting to note that between 1999 and 2008, the residents of Butler County, PA have been confronted with more than 14,000 total crimes. Around 12 percent of these were violent and nearly 50 percent occurred less than one mile from the home of the victim. Among these crimes, the county has witnessed more than 400 vehicle thefts, more than 100 rapes, yet fewer than 10 murders. According to surveys and local crime databases, a citizen of Butler County falls victim to a crime every five hours.