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DearCustomer- You really don't have to do anything or you can simply call the sheriff's office and ask if they have something for you to pick up. This is likely a civil suit of some kind for some bill that is owning or some other civil matter.If you haven't committed any crimes or are a possible witness in an ongoing case I would have to say that this is likely some civil court matter.
If you don't call the sheriff you will have to wait until they visit again to find out what this involves.
Well I certainly have no way of knowing in this particular case why the sheriff would have been there. If there was paperwork then there is something that he wanted to serve on the person so it could be a warrant for arrest, a civil suit or eviction or a variety of other things. As I said, until the person contacts the sheriff it will be impossible to know for certain.
He can contact an attorney if he is afraid of some criminal charge and the attorney can contact the sheriff but no one else can represent him in the matter except for an attorney or himself.
sorry for making you repeat yourself. i just worry like crazy. a lawyer also contacted the household looking for the person. now this person moved out of state a few months ago to start another job, if they really wanted to arrest him, would they send the police to find him in the new state? recently his friend got into a fight with him which involved the police. he didn't get in trouble but they checked his record, which came back clean making me wonder why they would possibly have a warrant for him. again, i really really appreciate your help!
I didn't say there was a warrant only that it was possible. If a lawyer called then that would indicate that it was a civil matter rather than criminal but I'm only guessing. I wish I could answer the question as to what the sheriff wanted but I have no way of knowing. Based on the facts it could be a civil or criminal complaint. Someone needs to contact the sheriff or look on line in the county records to see what, if anything has been filed.
thank you : ) where do i go online to see if anything has been filed? and what does it mean when you say it can be a civil or criminal complaint? is that different from actually being convicted for something? like does that mean that someone called and filed a complaint on him? how does someone file a criminal complaint on someone?
A criminal complaint would be filed by the police or prosecutor as a result of someone pressing charges. A civil complaint is filed by an individual or company, usually for money damages, but sometimes for other things like evictions or divorce etc. None of this means there has been any conviction unless this person had a trial or pled guilty to something.
I'm not a computer expert but most counties have websites where you can check both criminal and civil court records to see what has been filed.
As I said, it could be anything. You can drive yourself crazy trying to guess at all these things but until you or someone can access the public records to find out for certain you will never know.
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