The state of Tennessee offers background checks including criminal and arrest records to the general public upon request. Anyone can request a state-level background check or one that includes federal records as well. The state-level report costs $29 and the federal one $50. Requests can be made online or through the mail. They process background checks via name searches however, if it is for the person themselves, then they can send in fingerprints for an exact match.
Yes. The state of Tennessee upholds the Freedom of Information Act by committing to supplying the general public with criminal and arrest information upon request. They charge a small processing fee for state-level reports. They also allow you to order a federal copy from the FBI. From their central records repository, the general public can request copies through the mail and online.
|Black or African American||56%|
|Offenders w/ reported race||3,562|
|Black or African American||45%|
|Victims w/ reported race||3,765|
A typical arrest report from Tennessee is packed with information. It should contain details about the arrest such as where it occurred, the date of arrest, what agency arrested them, the charges filed, the arresting officer’s information, if any vehicles were involved and the booking details. Additionally, it will include a whole profile for the person arrested with name, age, address, gender, height, weight, as well as other warrant and booking details including fingerprints as well as other police and criminal records associated with this person. At the same time, other court records related to any arrests, fines, convictions, and sentencing will also be on there.
The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Tennessee, going from 37,109 crimes in 2006 to 35,004 by 7% lower than it was back in 2006. The largest percentage of violent crimes falls into the Aggravated Assault category, with Revised Rape being the least popular crime in the state.
A police officer in Tennessee may arrest someone with a warrant. They may also arrest someone without a warrant when committing a public offense or “breach of the peace threatened in the officer's presence.” If someone commits a felony, not in the presence of the officer, they can arrest them. When an officer believes someone committed a felony they can arrest them. If someone is attempting to commit suicide, the officer may arrest them then. A police officer can also arrest someone at the scene of the traffic accident where he or she believes the person committed an offense.
Any Tennessee peace officer can arrest someone in the state of Tennessee. As defined by Tennessee law, a peace officer is “officer, employee or agent of government who has a duty imposed by law to: maintain public order, make arrests for offenses, whether that duty extends to all offenses or is limited to specific offenses; and investigate the commission or suspected commission of offenses. Peace officer also includes an officer, employee or agent of government who has the duty or responsibility to enforce laws and regulations about forests in this state.”
In some cases, an arrest and criminal record will stay with someone for life. In others, they have the option of applying for expunction of their charges and convictions. When the arrest did not result in any charges or they were dismissed, or the person was found not guilty, those instances can be removed pretty quickly. New laws now allow Class A misdemeanor or Class E felony charges to be expunged as well. Offenders must wait five years following the completion of sentencing before applying though.
Yes. Tennessee does offer residents the possibility of expunction of their arrests and criminal records. There are particular rules regarding what types of charges can be expunged and when. Offenders must wait at least five years before petitioning the court to have their charges removed. Only certain crimes can be expunged. No violent or sex offenses can be removed. They will stay on a criminal record forever.
Tennessee has a reporting tool where you can see up-to-date arrest data. So far for 2019, Tennessee has recorded 2,613 arrests for Group B offenses, and 1,525 for Group A offenses.
Most of the violent crime offenders in Tennessee were 20-29 and the largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.
|Offenders w/ reported age||45,429|
|Victims w/ reported age||46,157|
Residence Home is the place where the majority of crimes in Tennessee were committed, in most of the crime cases the offender was a stranger.
|Other Family Member||1,112|
The popular arrests for 2017 in Tennessee was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 152,595, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Gambling arrests - with only 160 crimes a year.
|Arrest Type||Under 18||All ages||Total arrests|
|Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter||30||358||388|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||573||3,422||3,995|
|Forgery and Counterfeiting||45||1,802||1,847|
|Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing||133||1,496||1,629|
|Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc.||408||3,081||3,489|
|Sex Offenses (except rape and prostitution)||133||621||754|
|Drug Abuse Violations||2,591||47,826||50,417|
|Offenses Against the Family and Children||47||4,289||4,336|
|Driving Under the Influence||109||19,495||19,604|
|All Other Offenses (except traffic)||3,996||148,599||152,595|
|Curfew and Loitering Law Violations||1,214||1,214||2,428|