Not just a criminal conviction but also all types of arrest records will last in the system for ever. In fact, information on an active arrest warrant issued in Tioga County, PA is stored at multiple levels in the criminal history database.
Along with the judicial entity that issues arrest warrants, the sheriff's department that executes the order and the county clerk's office that maintains court dockets also have all data pertaining to outstanding warrant issues. So, if you are interested in a warrant search, you can approach one or all of these state agencies depending on the type of information you need and how you intend to user this data.
Remember all three agencies will have to be visited in person in order to access warrant and arrest records. Although the contact numbers of all offices are mentioned below, most officials are loath to offer any details on criminal history over the phone.
The sheriff's department works out of the head office of the law enforcement agency at 116 Main St, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania 16901 and their telephone number is 570-724-3491. While the department does maintain an official website at the time of writing this article, they offered no provisions for an online warrants search or even a list of the most wanted criminals in the area.
To visit the office of the county clerk, you will need to find your way to the 118 St and visit the County Courthouse there in Wellsboro, PA 16901-1444. You can also call them on 570-723-8209. Many justice centers have public access kiosks that are connected to state maintained crime database which can be accessed through these terminals. The magistrate's court can also be found at the same address, and with similar working hours, you should be able to get to both on the same day.
In the ten years from 1999 to 2008, crime rates in Tioga County, PA have gone up by over 60%. On an average almost 4300 criminal complaints were filed during this period which can be calculated to an annual crime average of almost 400 incidents. Although only one criminal occurrence is reported in the area every day, the fact that more than half of these crimes take place when the victim is just a mile from his home or office is what raises serious concerns.