If you suspect that you have an outstanding warrant, you will have to do a bit of research to find out. Warrants for arrest are public information and can be easy to find, but there is no single source for finding the information you need. The Tennessee warrant database is a good place to start, but you might need to dig a little deeper depending on where you suspect you might have an outstanding warrant.
Log on to the internet and go to the Tennessee Warrants Directory. This directory is part of Tennessee's public records and exists to help individuals find out if there is a warrant out for their arrest. This directory does not tell you if you have a warrant out or not; it simply serves as a link to the people who can tell you if you do.
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Click on the county or city where you suspect you might have a warrant. This link will take you to the website for that county's sheriff's office. Also, you can open a list bar of the county you would like to check for a warrant in on the upper left portion of the screen. Choose the correct county and a list of helpful public records links will appear on the next screen.
Contact the office directly by telephone or e-mail. Be sure to call during business hours.
Check the Tennessee Most Wanted Criminal and Fugitive Databases if the links to the sheriff's office you clicked is broken or its contact information is no longer valid. This is also a good place to go if you are having trouble finding the information you need on the Tennessee Warrants Directory.
Call the Tennessee Department of Corrections if you have any further questions. This agency can provide helpful information to people searching for outstanding warrants.
Research as much information as you can on the internet before you begin making phone calls. This will make your search progress more quickly.
- Research as much information as you can on the internet before you begin making phone calls. This will make your search progress more quickly.
Mike Thurau has written for his college newspaper since 2009. He has written editorials and freelance articles for the "BG News" and Cleveland's "Plain Dealer." He is currently enrolled in Bowling Green State University studying political economy.