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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Tennessee

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.

Are Arrest Records public in Tennessee?

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.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

Black or African American 56%
White 37%
Unknown 7%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

Black or African American 45%
White 53%
Unknown 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Victims w/ reported race 3,765

What Information You Can Find in a state Criminal Report?

What Information You Can Find in Tennessee Arrest Report?

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.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

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.

Tennessee Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Laws

Tennessee Arrest Laws

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.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Tennessee?

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.”

How Long Will an Arrest Report Stay on your Tennessee State Records?

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.

Can you Expunge your Records?

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.

The Arrest Rate in Tennessee

Arrest Rate in Tennessee

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.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

Most of the violent crime offenders in Tennessee were 20-29 and the largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.

Offender Age

0-9 0.2%
10-19 14.4%
20-29 29.9%
30-39 18.0%
40-49 9.6%
50-59 5.8%
60-69 1.9%
70-79 0.4%
80-89 0.1%
90-99 0.0%
Unknown 19.7%
Offenders w/ reported age 45,429

Victim Age

0-9 4.7%
10-19 15.2%
20-29 29.5%
30-39 21.7%
40-49 14.0%
50-59 9.4%
60-69 4.0%
70-79 1.1%
80-89 0.3%
90-99 0.1%
Victims w/ reported age 46,157

Crime Victim Demographics

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.

Location Type

Residence Home 25,714
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 8,201
Parking Garage/Lot 4,363
Convenience Store 1,513
Unknown 984
Hotel/Motel 939
Restaurant 894
Department/Discount Store 533
Gas Station 465
Specialty Store 440

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Stranger 19,698
Relationship Unknown 10,950
Acquaintance 9,129
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 5,810
Otherwise Known 3,882
Spouse 1,767
Friend 1,459
Offender 1,386
Child 1,123
Other Family Member 1,112

Tennessee Arrest Records by Type of Crime

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
Violent Crime 1,459 14,682 16,141
Property Crime 4,399 38,394 42,793
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 30 358 388
Rape 49 351 400
Robbery 422 1,839 2,261

Is your State Safer than Tennessee?

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Tennessee
Crime rate - 4,895
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 7%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

A list of 5 counties in Tennessee that have the highest arrest rate in 2017

County Crime Rate
Williamson County 201.73
Sumner County 331.55
Rutherford County 335.44
Bledsoe County 347.53
Shelby County 348.17

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