Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee

Q: I failed a drug test while on misdemeanor probation. I left state it’s been 6 yrs what’s the limit of statutes?

Would I still have to go to jail? I’m already on probation in another state now. I’m scared I will have to serve in TN jail for absconding on 11-29 probation.

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Bryna Landers Grant
Bryna Landers Grant
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Hendersonville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: In most jurisdictions you would probably have an additional VOP warrant out for your arrest but only within the state of TN and the SOL for the misdemeanor is 1 year. If you have been gone 6 years the SOL has probably passed but I imagine they have not purged your warrant so if you are driving through the state and get pulled over you could go to jail for an active warrant. You will still need to answer for it and get the active warrants taken care of in a very simple process. You should hire an attorney in that jurisdiction to gather all the necessary paperwork so you can turn yourself in, get processed and then get a court date and get the warrants dismissed. That way you won't be looking over your shoulder anytime you need to travel through TN.

Anthony M. Avery agrees with this answer

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