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In the state of Tennessee, we take court orders and probationary periods very seriously. From small traffic violations to criminal acts, the Tennessee court system doesn’t take disrespecting the law lightly. If you are the subject of an arrest warrant, it’s crucial that you understand your rights and further actions required to take care of the matter immediately.

At Andrew Beasley, we are dedicated to fighting for your rights, freedom, and future. When you’re accused of violating probation or have discovered there is a warrant out for your arrest, you should contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible. Our professionals want to help protect your best interests and avoid the most severe consequences.

What is an Arrest Warrant?

An arrest warrant is designed to protect people from unlawful arrests under the Fourth Amendment. It is a document issued by a judge or magistrate that authorizes the police to take someone accused of a crime into custody—upon a showing of probable cause. When an arrest warrant is issued, the person being accused of the crime will be notified by law enforcement of the charges pressed against them. 

When an Arrest Warrant Can Be Issued

In order to issue an arrest warrant, a judge must find probable cause that the individual being charged has committed the crime—there needs to be concrete evidence and proof, not just a hunch. Additionally, even if a crime has not been committed, an arrest warrant can still be issued for failure to appear in court, even for minor crimes such as traffic violations.

A few reasons an arrest warrant may be issued include:

  • Unpaid fines from traffic violations
  • Committed misdemeanors
  • Committed felonies

Other Warrants in Tennessee

In addition to arrest warrants, the state of Tennessee also includes bench warrants and search warrants. Bench warrants allow law enforcement agents to arrest those who fail to comply with court orders—failure to comply with a court summons, failure to appear in court, and failure to pay court fees and fines.

A search warrant is designed to allow a police officer to search a property or person. This form of warrant may be issued for a variety of reasons. A search warrant may become in effect  if the property in question has been used to commit a crime, contains evidence of a crime, the person in question is unlawfully detained, or there is probable cause for arrest. 

Violating Probation

Probation in Tennessee is a type of community supervision alternative to imprisonment that is typically court-ordered. Based on your criminal record, the current charges, and other relevant factors, the court will set the duration of your probation and has the right to revoke it for any violation of the probationary terms set in place.

If a probation is violated, there will be an immediate release for an arrest warrant. When an individual violates the terms and agreements of their probation, the accused may face additional punishment such as incarceration or fines. The Tennessee Secretary of State Rules and Regulations outline parole proceedings in more detail for those that have violated their probationary period.

Potential Probation Terms

The terms of your probation will vary depending on the severity of the crimes committed. A parole officer will be assigned to your case and ensure you don’t violate your probation in any way. Before you’re released on parole, you’ll be required to agree to the terms and conditions of your parole, which can include:

  • Pay restitution
  • Pay any fees
  • Perform public service or community service
  • Remain within a specific county, city, or state
  • Report to probation and parole supervisors as directed
  • Submit to random drug or alcohol testing
  • Permit the probation/parole supervisors to visit your home for observation

What to Do When You Have an Arrest Warrant

Discovering you have an active warrant for your arrest can be alarming and distressing. The last thing you want to do is avoid taking action—even if it’s uncomfortable. Thankfully, the professionals at Andrew Beasley know exactly what steps you should take.

First and foremost, you should understand what type of warrant has been issued—bench warrant or arrest warrant. Bench warrants can be settled in court immediately with a signed bail amount. For arrest warrants, on the other hand, you should seek legal counsel immediately.

Handle Legal Concerns with the Professionals

Whether you failed to pay fines from the court or you did not follow your probationary terms, the professionals at Andrew Beasley can help. Our team of attorneys has the skills and knowledge to review case details carefully and comprehensively, making us the ideal defense attorney in the area. Don’t let the fear of a warrant keep you from your future. Let the professionals guide you through the process and help you turn things around.

Andrew Beasley: Nashville’s Criminal Defense Expert

From probation questions to warrants of all concerns, the professionals at Andrew Beasley have your back. It’s our duty to make sure all Tennessee residents are aware of their rights and the consequences of their actions if they fail to abide by the law. Contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our attorneys and we’ll discuss your case in full detail. Let’s start building a solid defense for your situation and work together to move forward.