Do you know a wanted person? If you know the whereabouts of any wanted person, do not take action on your own! Please call the Warrants Unit at 805-897-2343 and ask for Detective Mark Vierra, or to leave an anonymous message please call 897-2386 leaving a detailed message. It would be helpful if investigators could call back still allowing complete anonymity. If this is acceptable, then please leave a return telephone number. We appreciate any and all tips in regard to fugitives.
Are you a wanted person? If there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, we will allow you to turn yourself in at a specific time in order for you to get your affairs in order. We can assure you that your treatment will be handled in a highly professional manner with the dignity that it deserves for taking the responsibility to turn yourself in. You can be accompanied by your attorney or loved one to the police department prior to arrest. Your cooperation will be duly noted and properly recorded.
Other ways of reaching us: If you do not wish to call us or submit information by form, you may e-mail us at the fugitive desk, Detective Mark Vierra, email@example.com.
The Court will generally issue a warrant when:
There are different types of warrants which may be issued, with different procedures outlined by the courts.
A Bench Warrant of arrest may be issued whenever a defendant fails to appear in court as required by law including, but not limited to, the following situations:
A warrant of arrest may be issued when a complaint is filed with a magistrate charging a public offense, if the magistrate is satisfied from the complaint that the offense charged has been committed and that there is reasonable ground to believe that the defendant has committed it, the magistrate shall issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant.
The Santa Barbara Police Department actively works outstanding fugitive cases and will arrest and extradite fugitives anywhere with the Continental United States. On more serious cases the Santa Barbara Police Department has worked with Interpol and many Foreign Countries in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office in order to track down and bring to justice Felony Fugitives anywhere they may hide.
Is a search warrant needed if the home belongs to someone else?
The officer must have a valid reason to believe that the named offender will be present in the home.
Most police officers know that when an arrest warrant has been issued, they can enter the home of the person named in the warrant, without a search warrant, to make an arrest. But can they make a warrantless entry into the home of a person not named in the arrest warrant?
Recently, the Court of Appeals for Cuyahoga County, Ohio, addressed that issue. In State v. Tolbert (1997), officers from the Cleveland Police department had a capias (bench warrant) for the defendant's arrest on a probation violation. After receiving a tip that the defendant was in his girlfriend's apartment, officers went to that apartment and arrested the defendant. The court ruled that the warrantless entry into the home was proper because the police officers had a valid arrest warrant and reason to believe that the defendant was in the apartment. Quoting the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Ohio court stated:
United States v. Underwood (1983).