Frequently Asked Questions

CONCEAL AND CARRY PERMIT - How do I obtain a conceal & carry handgun permit?

The procedure for obtaining  a conceal and carry permit can be found on our administration tab.

REPORTS - How do I get a copy of the report I filed?

Incident Reports: Police reports are usually ready within 5 business days. If you have any questions regarding a police report you can call 417-847-6556 during the hours of 08:00 am through 04:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Copies of Reports can be obtained at the Barry County Sheriff's Administrative Office 
8am to 4 pm.  There is a $5.00 fee for each copy requested.

EXPARTE PROTECTION ORDER - How do I file a protection order?

You can request a protection order at the Circuit Clerks's Office, Monday thru Friday 8am - 4pm.  
Protection orders are served by the Barry County Sheriff's Office.  
The following is the procedure for obtaining a protection order:
ORDER OF PROTECTION:

A. Orders issued by the Circuit Court to protect victims in Domestic Violence situations.

B. To be eligible, the victim must have been in a “Domestic Type Relationship” with the  offender, within the definition of the law. The definition includes married people, people related within the 4th degree of consanguinity, people who have lived together, had a child together, or have been in a dating relationship. Parents or advocates may also obtain,    or assist in obtaining, Orders of Protection on behalf of others in some circumstances.

C. Application/Petition forms to obtain Orders of Protection are available at the Circuit Clerk’s Office. The Clerk may assist applicants in filling out the forms.

D. Generally, there are no costs associated with this order, no filing fees, no service fees.  The Judge at his discretion could assess a fee.

E. The completed application form is presented to a Circuit Judge for review.

F. The victim/applicant may have to answer questions from the Judge before he decides whether or not to issue the order. There must be sufficient grounds to issue the order.

G. If the application is approved, the Circuit Judge will issue an Ex Parte (Temporary) Order of Protection. This Order will be delivered to the Sheriff’s Office to be served on the offender. The Order has no validity and cannot be enforced until and unless the offender has been served with the Order.

H. When the offender is served, the Order will specify a court hearing date and time. The offender may appear to challenge the Order at that time.

I. At the time of the hearing, the Judge may make the order permanent (up to 10 years), may modify the provisions of the order, or may drop or terminate the temporary order.

J. The order may award temporary custody of children or dependents to the applicant/victim, may order spousal support,  may award temporary possession of a residence or personal property, and may prevent the offender from having any
contact with the victim, the victim’s children, family, or etc.

K. Any person who violates any provision of the Order of Protection has committed a crime, specifically a Class A Misdemeanor, the punishment for which is up to a $1,000 fine and/or up to one (1) year in jail. The Judge issuing the Order can also punish
for Contempt of Court.

L. Officers may make an arrest without a warrant if there is probable cause to believe the Order of Protection has been violated or broken by the offender.

M. Mutual (two-way) Orders of Protection are not permitted, however the parties involved may obtain separate Order of Protection against one another if grounds exist to convince a Judge to grant them.

N. The Sheriff's Office can issue an emergency exparte order if necessary on weekends, when the Circuit Clerk's office is closed.

Victims of Domestic Violence are encouraged to apply for Orders of Protection, because it is a crime to violate them. This gives law enforcement  much great authority to enforce the provisions of these orders and results in a new charge being filed. The same cannot be said for violating other kinds of orders.
   
ANIMAL CONTROL- Does Barry County have any animal control laws and/or a leash law?

No. The county does not have a leash law or any animal control laws . Each city within the county has different ordinances.
 Check with the local City Police for city ordinance information if you reside within city limits.

CIVIL PROCESS - Who do I contact to find out if a paper has been served?

You can call the Barry County Administrative Office at 417-847-6556 Monday through Friday 8am-4pm

CAN I FILE A POLICE REPORT ON-LINE? 

No. A deputy must make contact with a person making a report. Some reports can be made over the telephone, if convenient, such as cases of phone harassment or scams. If you need to file a police report you should call the non-emergency number at Central Dispatch 417-847-3121.  If you have an emergency please call 911.

HOW DO I ADD INFORMATION TO MY POLICE REPORT?

Information can be added to your report by either contacting the original officer who took the report or the detective assigned
to the case by calling the office at 417-847-6556.

WHERE CAN I GET INFORMATION ABOUT MY TRAFFIC TICKET?

Information regarding court dates OR questions regarding the amount of any fine  be obtained by calling the  Court where the ticket was assigned. 
The court's phone number will be on the ticket.

HOW DO I FIND OUT IF I HAVE A WARRANT? 
You can come by the Sheriff's Office at 505 East Street Cassville, MO in person.  An officer will assist you with checking for any warrants you may have.

I HAVE A WARRANT FOR MY ARREST. WHAT CAN I DO?
Come and see us. We want to clear the warrant out of our system as badly as you want to get rid of it. We will work with you
 on payment, meaning we may take a partial payment on your warrant, serve it on you and give you a court date. We would rather do
 this than put you in jail. Just call us to make arrangements.

WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO GET A DEPUTY TO MY HOUSE TO TAKE MY REPORT?
 We have 791 square miles to cover. We have a limited number of officers on duty at one time.  We may be completely across the county from your residence answering another call or serving papers and sometimes it takes us a little while to get there. Emergency Calls are priority, Typically if we are backlogged our central dispatch will let you know our approximate arrival time. We apologize for any delay, and you  will receive the same attention and time to your case as all other citizens.

I NEED SOME INFORMATION ON SOMEONE WHO WAS IN JAIL BUT HAS BEEN RELEASED, WHO DO I NEED TO CONTACT? 
Inmate records are handled by the Jail and you can contact them at 417-847-3461.

WHAT JOB OPPORTUNITIES ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT THE BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE? 
When job opportunities arise, they are published in the local newspaper. If you apply for a job, your application is valid for 1 year. You must re-apply if you have not been called for an interview within that time frame.

CAN THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE ENFORCE A CITY ORDINANCE?
No. We cannot enforce any city ordinance. It is up to the Police Department in your city to enforce your local laws.

 
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