Lewisburg, TN asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee

Q: If I have a misdemeanor arrest warrant and the police come to my door what should I do? Do I have to answer the door?

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Probably best to get some money together, and call the Sheriff's Office to find out the Charges and the Bond amount. Usually they will not affirm that there is an outstanding Warrant, but you tell them you will be at the Jail later. Then call a lawyer and a bondsman. Turn yourself in, and then get bonded out. Prepare for Court.

Bernard Crane
Bernard Crane
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Washington, DC

A: No, of course you don't have to answer the door. But if you don't, and they know you're home, they'll break it in. Then not only will you be in jail, but your door will be hanging open. Also, more people get hurt by the police in forced-entry warrant arrest situations than do in cases where the person opens the door for them. Make your choices.

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