The magistrate issues arrest warrants in Lee County, Mississippi upon the determination of probable cause. To find reasonable basis to hold the accused responsible for commissioning the crime defined in the police affidavit, the judge has to rely on the evidence set forth by the sheriff's office.
Although the petition for a warrant can also be filed by state prosecution, the information needed for the sworn declaration has to come from the cops. Also, once an active warrant is granted, it is the police who have the job of serving it, detaining the accused and processing him.
The department also releases periodic lists of the area's most wanted to keep its deputies on the lookout for criminals with Lee County outstanding warrants for arrests to their name. Furthermore, they also furnish details on such orders in response to warrant search inquiries received from the public.
The clerk of court's office has its own role to play in this whole process. A deputy from this agency records the court dockets for all sessions held in the local tribunals. So, information on Lee County arrest records and warrants is also kept by the clerk's office and they can also responds to a warrant search request. To contact these state departments, go to:
- The office of the sheriff: 510 N Commerce Street, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804
- The court of the magistrate: 200 W Jefferson St, Tupelo, MS 38804
- The department of the county clerk: 300 West Main Street, Tupelo, Mississippi 38802-7127
Over the decade that started in 1998, 2004 was the worst year for crime in Lee County, MS. Both reported and violent crime soared to never before seen levels in this year reaching an estimated 3000 occurrences. Generally, the annual crime rate of the area stands at around 2200 incidents.