Can I check to see if someone has warrants out for their arrest?

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zz.Q: Besides going to the courthouse and asking, is there a way in Washington State to check if someone has warrants for their arrest? — Bobby in Tacoma

A: “Bobby, there is no database that the public can go to that would be a good indicator if someone has a warrant, because there’s so many courts and so many systems, the database that it goes into is restricted only for law enforcement usage. If you believe someone has a warrant, you can call the police, and that police officer can check that database to determine whether or not somebody has a warrant. Somebody actually has a warrant, and they are the person, then they need to contact the court themselves, and they’ll be given that information to them, because they’re the ones involved in that particular case.” — Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer