The county clerk’s office is often seen as a back runner in the fray for the top spot among agencies that allow arrest warrant searches in Teton County, MT. However, the fact remains that this is one of the only state departments that can offer a combined civil and criminal court dockets inquiry since they have access to information on cases heard by all tribunals in the area.
This is not to say that you cannot find information on Teton County arrest records and active warrants from the office of the sheriff or the bench of the magistrate. However, at least in terms of the former, the data will strictly be restricted to criminal acts and the offenders who have been placed under arrests.
The office of the magistrate can provide some insight on civil matters, particularly those in which a legal instrument was put to use. For instance, if the civil court dockets have some mention of the issue of a summons or even a bench warrant, you will find out about these from the magistrate’s court.
It is not like the cops don’t bring anything additional to the table. It is just that all the information they offer deals with criminal cases. For instance, the sheriff’s department can shed light on the number of crimes that transpired in the area. They also maintain a list of the most wanted criminals; this is essentially a list of all Teton County outstanding warrants. So, to access information on local arrests and warrants, you can go to:
- The office of the sheriff: PO Box 1349, Teton County Courthouse, Choteau, Montana 59422
- The court of the magistrate: 101 Main Ave S, Choteau, MT 59422
- The department of the county clerk: PO Box 610, Chotaeu, Montana 59422
How do access arrest records and details on warrants from County over the phone? (Valid in 2021)
- Arrest records- (406) 466-5781
- Warrant search-(406) 466-5611/2510 for Choteau, (406) 476-3311 for Dutton, and (406) 467-2510 for Fairfield.
- Judicial records-(406) 466-2909
Crime statistics of Teton County
The annual crime average of Teton County went from 51 complaints to 37 complaints between 2018 and 2019. Of the total cases filed, property crimes accounted for 28, while violent crimes brought in 9 complaints.
Within these crime categories, larceny-theft (18 cases) and burglary (5 cases) accounted for the maximum number of property crime-related complaints. In the violent crimes category, aggravated assault (6 cases) had the highest occurrence rate.
Older crime statistics
Over a period of 6 years, starting in 2003, about 400 crimes were reported in Teton County, Montana. So, the annual crime average through this period was about 80 cases of which, about 10% were found to be violent criminal acts. In this interval, violent crime rates plunged by 200% while overall criminal activity showed a reduction of nearly 40%.