Is there a way to find out if there is an arrest warrant?
If you’re worried you may have been accused of a crime in Metro Nashville-Davidson County, you may already have a warrant issued for your arrest. Nashville Metro’s Criminal Warrants Division will not provide warrant information via phone or online so the only way for you to find out if there’s an outstanding warrant for your arrest is by going in-person to the Metro Nashville Police Department’s Criminal Warrants Division and ask. You want to find out as soon as possible so that you are not arrested at your work, home, or other embarrassing or compromising location. Without a criminal lawyer, surrender can be risky.
Obviously, the risk of appearing in-person without a lawyer to inquire about your arrest warrant is that you’ll be arrested right then and there with no representation or guidance if one has actually been issued for you. If that sounds too risky for you, the better option is to consult with a Nashville criminal lawyer. This option removes the risk of appearing without an attorney. We often appear with our client for a voluntary “surrender.”
Arranging a “surrender” gives you more control over your situation. In addition to removing the risk of a surprise arrest, this option can help reduce the amount of time you are held in jail/custody (especially if there is a 12-hour hold for a domestic violence charge) and may also help lower or even eliminate your bond amount. Additionally, our attorneys will coordinate connection between our client and a bondsman prior to surrender so that any necessary details can be worked out in advance. Most people find this option to be much less stressful and cost-effective, but you may not even have a warrant out for your arrest. If you want to find out, give us a call.