You may apply to a Judicial Commissioner for an arrest warrant after 6:00 PM at the Sheriff’s Department. Be prepared to provide a list of witnesses (if any) with their names, addresses and phone numbers. Once you have filed a warrant against your assailant, you will be given a court date for the initial appearance in the court of jurisdiction for your case. The accused will then have the opportunity to either plead guilty, ask for a preliminary hearing to determine probable cause for his/her arrest, or waive the hearing and bind the case to the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury will make a probable cause to arrest determination and either return a “True” or “No True” Bill. If a True Bill is returned by the Grand Jury, the case is heard by the Circuit Court. Here, persons can either by tried by a jury of his/her peers or settle a case with the D.A. prior to trial. If a person is convicted by trial, then a hearing is held to determine the proper sentence for the convicted person and the crime committed.
(931) 685-0889 or (800) 435-7739 Haven of Hope (Domestic Violence Shelter)
(931) 684-7133 Contact Life Line (Crisis Program)
(931) 684-3411 Bedford County Communications Center
(931) 684-3232 Bedford County Sheriff’s Department
(931) 685-2191 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office (Victim Witness Coordinator, Criminal Injuries Compensation Program)
(931) 684-7221 Judicial Commissioners Office