An arrest warrant is a written court order authorizing the police to make an arrest. An investigating police officer authors an Affidavit in Support of Arrest Warrant. In the Affidavit, the police officer must set forth, under oath, the facts upon which it is contended that there is probable cause cause to believe a crime was committed by the person sought to be arrested. The Affidavit is reviewed by a judge to independently determine whether probable cause exists. If so, an arrest warrant is issued.
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