The Sheriff's Office is expressly
directed by statute to be a conservator
of the peace and , therefore-in
accordance with the provisions of
section 23-15-50 of the Code of Laws of
South Carolina, 1976, as amended, must
arrest all persons for whom criminal
warrants have been issued.
Consequently, it is the policy of the
Sheriff's Office to effect these duties
in a diligent and timely manner.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office
has deputies assigned to investigate and
effect arrest to ensure its compliance
with this statute.
Q: Why hasn't my warrant
A: Generally warrants of a serious
nature are attempted as soon as
possible. Others are attempted as
we gather additional information on a
subject (i.e. exact whereabouts, place
of employment, places frequented).
Persons having information on wanted
subjects are encouraged to contact our
warrants office at (843) 529-7391 during
normal business hours, or for urgent
attention after hours, consolidated
dispatch at (843) 202-1700. You may also contact Crimestoppers anonymously at (843)
554-1111. Finally, you may contact
Sgt. H. Phillips or Lt. R. Antonio at the E-Mail
addresses listed above.
Q: How do I turn myself in to
the Sheriff's Office if there is a
warrant for my arrest?
A: If you have a Violation Check
Law warrant you may call the warrants
office and make an appointment to meet a
deputy at the Bond Court. The
warrant will then be served and a bond
hearing will follow. Many times a
person who turns himself/herself in will
be given a Personal Recognizance (PR)
bond, meaning they will not have to go
to jail. You will be provided a
court date and we will then photograph
and fingerprint you. Following
that, you will be free to leave.
If the warrant is of a more serious
nature you may still call the Warrants
Office at the number listed above to
make arrangements to turn yourself in.
If it is during non-business hours, you
may call (843) 202-1700 to make the
appropriate arrangements. You may
also turn yourself in at the Charleston
County Detention Center on Leeds Avenue
or at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters
located at 3505 Pinehaven Drive in North
Q: I missed my magistrate court
date. What should I do?
A: First call the magistrate's
office and inquire if a warrant
was issued. If not, you may be
able to pay your fine at the
magistrate's office. If a bench
warrant has been issued then contact the
warrants office and make an appointment
with the deputy. Bring cash in the
exact amount of the fine and you may
meet the deputy at the Bond Court.
The deputy will then serve the warrant,
you will pay the fine to the Bond Court,
be fingerprinted, photographed and
Q: How do I have my record
A: There are two ways to have your
record cleared. One way is an
Order of Expungement. If you were
arrested by the Sheriff's Office you may
get a copy of your disposition from our
records office located at 3505 Pinehaven
Drive. You must then take this
disposition to the Solicitor's Office
located downtown at the O.T. Wallace
County Office Building. They will
then determine whether you may qualify
for an Order of Expungement.
The second method is through the
Pre-Trial Intervention program.
This is also administered by the
Solicitor's Office. They can
provide you with the appropriate
information. They may be contacted