The only way a warrant can issue is based on a finding of probable cause showing that you are the person who committed the crime described in the warrant. In order for Police to request a warrant, an "Affiant" (witness or victim) comes forward and provides information to the Police regarding a crime. If the Police feel they have enough evidence for a warrant to issue they proceed to have the warrant signed by a Judge. Once the warrant is signed, the Police will come to your home, place of employment, or any other address they feel you could be located.
Once you learn of an outstanding warrant it's always best to turn yourself in to the authorities. I always advise my Clients to make the necessary arrangements with family and finances before turning themselves in to likely prevent losing housing, employment, etc. Surrendering yourself can be done at the jail annex connected to the Criminal Justice Complex at 201 Poplar, Memphis, TN. I never advise waiting until authorities find you, and believe me its always at an inconvenient time which could result in your car being towed and losing your job.
After you are arrested or surrender, you will be booked and processed into jail and have a bond set. Your bond amount will be based on your criminal record and your current criminal charge. After your bond is set, you can be bonded out of custody, but must report to court at an assigned date and time. Its best to have an Attorney already retained so your case can progress through the system as quickly as possible and this is most important if you can't bond out. Having a warrant for your arrest is stressful, but preparing in advance to handle the matter will prevent more stress then you're already enduring.
To verify an outstanding arrest warrant, you can telephone the Shelby County Sheriff's Fugitive Bureau at 901-222-5627 or visit their website at www.shelbywarrants.org.
For information on retaining Tawanda Williams Law Office, PLLC to handle your criminal case, please call 901-206-8200.