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HCSO Warrants in Hillsborough County, FL

What happens if you have an outstanding warrant with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO)? You can search for the arrest warrant on the HSCO website or the website of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

Our attorneys can also help you find the warrant and figure out whether a bond amount has already been set. If no bond is included on the warrant and you cannot immediately bond out, it might be in your best interest to hire an attorney who can file a motion to surrender in the courtroom so that any pre-trial release conditions can be determined BEFORE the warrant is served.

Keep in mind that HCSO might not immediately publish the warrant information. Instead, the officer might hold the information for several days or weeks while officers attempt to serve the warrant. When the HCSO warrant is being held, it is sometimes called a “pocket warrant.”

If the warrant was issued in error, your attorney might be able to petition the court to quash or set aside the warrant. The court might also set aside a “failure to appear” capias if the proper motion is filed and the court finds good cause for the request.

If you have an outstanding warrant, you are still considered to be a “fugitive from justice” until you surrender, but the courts and prosecutors are also motivated to keep people out of jail because of the global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 health crisis. 

If you find out that you have an active arrest warrant, then act quickly. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you decide the best way to resolve the warrant and the underlying criminal charge.

Attorneys for HCSO Warrants in Hillsborough County, FL

The attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm in Tampa, FL, represent clients arrested for a felony, misdemeanor, or DUI involving an investigation by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (often called “HCSO”). 

Even during the COVID-19 global pandemic and health crisis, our attorneys are helping clients with outstanding arrest warrants because of a new case, a failure to appear in court, extradition, or a violation of probation.

For the past ten years, we’ve helped clients with an HCSO warrant from our main office in downtown Tampa in Hillsborough County or our second office in New Port Richey in Pasco County, FL.

If you have a pending case or find out that you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest in Hillsborough County, then you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm.

We are familiar with the practices and procedures used by the judges in Hillsborough County, FL. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Call 813-250-0500.


Domestic Violence Battery “No Bond” Warrant

In some cases, you are not permitted to immediately bond out of jail even if you are charged with a misdemeanor. For example, for any crime classified as domestic violence, the warrant will have a notation that says “no bond.”

Talk with your attorney about filing a motion to surrender in the courtroom so that the pre-trial release conditions can be addressed immediately. That way you won’t have to sit in jail overnight waiting for a first appearance advisory hearing.

The warrant inquiry page on the HCSO website will list the offense this way: 

  • CHARGE CLASS: MD
  • CHARGE CODE: 784.03(1)(a)(1)
  • CHARGE DESCRIPTION: BATTERY (DVST0001) (NO BOND) 
  • CASE NUMBER: 20CM00XXXX
  • OFFENSE DATE: __/__/2020

Failure to Appear Warrants in Hillsborough County, FL

If you missed a court date, the court might issue a “no bond” failure to appear warrant. Don’t just wait for the warrant to be entered into the system.

Instead, hire an attorney to schedule an emergency hearing to surrender in front of the judge that issued the warrant so that you ask the judge to withdraw, quash, or set aside the warrant.

Especially when the court understands the reason that you missed the court date, the court can just withdraw the warrant and put your case back on the docket. Your criminal defense attorney can help you resolve the underlying case on the best possible terms as you fight to have all of the charges dropped or dismissed.

Hillsborough County has designed a system for electronic warrants which can be issued much faster than the traditional paper warrant. Having an attorney familiar with the procedures used for electronic warrants and fugitive warrants in this county is particularly important.

Officers at HCSO also access information through the HCSO Intranet Dashboard or HCSO Reporting Portal.


HCSO Self Arrest Program in Hillsborough County, FL

By participating in the HCSO Self-Arrest Program, you might avoid an unscheduled arrest during a traffic stop or when officers come to your home or work.

The database system services inquiries from all law enforcement agencies about warrants. If your name is active in the database system, and you encounter a law enforcement officer anywhere in the state of Florida, your name will appear as a person subject to arrest via warrant. At that time you will be taken into custody, as mandated by Florida law.

Instead of being arrest at an inconvenient time or out of the county, the Self-Arrest program is more convenient. 

For more information, you can call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Self-Arrest Line at (813) 247-8460, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. You many surrender yourself on a warrant by going to 1800 N. Orient Road, Tampa, FL 33619.

To be eligible to use the self-arrest program managed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the charge must be a misdemeanor of a felony worthless check case as long as there is a bondable amount attached to that charge. All other charges must be handled directly through Orient Road Jail.

When you arrive, you will provide your warrant number and photo identification. Even if you don’t qualify for the self-arrest program, you should still look into making arrangements ahead of time for posting the bail, cash, or surety bond. 


Educational Videos Produced by HCSO on Warrants

Who is the current sheriff of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (“HCSO”)? The chief law enforcement officer of HCSO is Sheriff Chad Chronister. Sheriff Chronister was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott on September 30, 2017, to fill the position after Sheriff David Gee retired.

Ranked as the 12th largest county law enforcement agency for total law enforcement and civilian staffing in the U.S., HCSO employs approximately 3,500 full-time personnel. As of September 2018, the HCSO’s projected FY 2019 adopted budget is $433,040,485.

In 2017, HCSO Law Enforcement and Detention Deputy starting salaries were above the average starting salaries of Florida’s ten largest Sheriff’s Offices. That same year, the HCSO Law Enforcement Deputy starting salaries were slightly above the average of Hillsborough County’s three municipal police agencies.

Additionally, police agencies typically deduct significant funds from salaries to fund municipal pensions. In 2017, new HCSO hires contribute 3.00% of their salary into the Florida Retirement System. By comparison, in 2017, Tampa Police Department police officers contribute 9.95% of their salaries into the city pension fund 

To learn more about HCSO watch videos on the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) YouTube channel. Find information on joining HCSO’s patrol unit, recruitment videos explaining career opportunities, jobs and training programs, and ways to apply for a job at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is looking to hire 200 women for jobs with HCSO. Currently, only 19% of the officers are female. As more and more women pursue an education in criminal justice, HCSO is starting to hire more of these qualified women as deputies.


Important Phone Numbers for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Operations Center

Historic Ybor City in the City of Tampa, Florida
2008 East 8th Avenue, Tampa, FL
Phone Number: (813) 247-8000 (Main Switchboard)
 
Visit the Ybor City HSCO Operation Center to obtain copies of police reports
Communications Center
(Non-Emergency Number)
Phone Number: 813-247-8200

General mailing address for HCSO
P.O. Box 3371
Tampa, FL 33601

District I

District One (1) – Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
14102 N. 20th Street
Tampa, FL 33613
Phone Number: 813-247-0600

District II

District Two (2) – Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
2310 N. Falkenburg Road
Tampa, FL 33619
Phone Number: 813-247-8560

District III

District Three (3) – Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
7202 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL 33625
Phone Number: 813-247-0330

District IV

District Four (4) – Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
508 33rd Street SE
Ruskin, FL 33570
Phone Number: 813-247-0455

Jail Division I

Orient Road Jail – HCSO
1201 Orient Road
Tampa, FL 33619
Phone Number: 813-247-8371

Jail Division II

Falkenburg Road Jail – HSCO
520 N. Falkenburg Road
Tampa, FL 33619
Phone Number: 813-247-0234

Work Release Center – Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

1801 Orient Road
Tampa, FL 33619
Phone Number: 813-247-8993

Additional Resources about HCSO

HCSO Warrant Wednesday on Twitter – The twitter handle for HCSO is HCSOSheriff. Using the hashtag #teamhcso, find social media posts on “Warrant Wednesday” asking if you’ve seen a fugitive wanted on an outstanding warrant for his or her arrest. 

Wikipedia Page for Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office – Visit Wikipedia to learn more about HCSO including the number of civilian and law enforcement officers employed in this county. Also find information about the fugitive and extradition warrants issued by local law enforcement agencies in Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace. The website provides information about the county jail on Falkenburg and Orient Road.

Clerk of the Circuit Court for Hillsborough County – Visit the Clerk of Court website to find information about pending and closed criminal cases and court records in civil and family law cases using the Online Search of Court Records on HOVER. Find the docket for cases in which a warrant was issued after a failure to appear in court. You can also find information on HOVER about cases that were opened after the State Attorney’s Office for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Tampa filed a “direct information” which is a type of charging document. 

Inmate Search at the Jails in Hillsborough County  – After an arrest search by the inmate’s name, booking number, race, sex, date of birth, booking date, or release date. You can limit your search to current inmates only or search for inmates during a particular time period. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office maintains two jails, one on Orient Road and another on Faulkenburg Road. HCSO has launched a new web page that contains up-to-date information about an arrest inquiry to find inmates being held at the jail or a warrants inquiry.

HCSO Warrant Inquiry Search Feature – Has a warrant been issued for your arrest in Hillsborough County? After a direct file investigation, the State Attorney’s Office may issue a warrant for your arrest. Additionally, the judge may sign a warrant for your arrest after your probation officer files an affidavit alleging that you violated probation. You can conduct a warrant inquiry on the HCSO website. Find an online search feature to find an outstanding warrant by entering a valid warrant number or suspect’s name, race, sex, and date of birth. The search results show active arrest orders with information on reporting wanted individuals or surrounding yourself. If you wish to surrender yourself on a warrant, you may do so by reporting to central booking.


This article was last updated on Friday, August 14, 2020.