Maryville, TN asked in Landlord - Tenant and Civil Litigation for Tennessee

Q: Can the courts send out a warrant for someone's arrest if the person is kate paying on court fines?

We went to court over a civil suit with our landlord over damages. It was agreed that I would pay for the price of damages and court fines. I set up a payment plan for every month and this month it's due on the 18th but I get paid on the 20th. If I pay a few days late will they send out a warrant for my arrest if I don't pay by today?

1 Lawyer Answer

Anthony M. Avery

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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Probably not as that sounds like a Civil Judgment for Damages. Unless it involves Criminal Trespass, Vandalism or something similar with Restitution, then it is not punishable by incarceration. However the Landlord can attempt to collect on the Judgment, and you cannot ignore a Subpoena to testify as to where your assets/income are. Otherwise you will go to jail for Contempt.

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