The courts in Obion County issue a range of detention orders and other legal instruments to ensure that law is upheld and the guilty are brought before the judiciary to pay for their crimes. Arrest warrants are among such legal processes; however, the tribunal does not release such a decree of its own accord.
The police have to approach the court with a writ that details precisely why a person is being accused of a crime and the reason for a particular act to be considered illegal in the first place. The affidavit is filed by the police or the state prosecution on behalf of the victim. Depending on the amount of evidence available at this point, the petition may suffice for the release of an active warrant or the witnesses may be called in to offer sworn testimony.
Once such an arrest order is issued it stays in effect perpetually; this means all outstanding warrants stored in the police and FBI databases have the same powers as a freshly issued judicial order for detention. So, a peace officer can take a person into custody even when there is a ten year old warrant out in his/her name.
As mentioned, the sheriff's department of Obion County, TN does have all warrant and arrest records in Obion County; also, the judiciary maintains information on all warrants and other legal processes. So, a warrant search can be done through the police or the court system.
- To contact the office of the sheriff, you will have to go to 1 Law Lane, Union City, Tennessee 38261. To get in touch with them on the phone, dial 731-885-5832 or you can fax on 731-885-6562.
- For the magistrate's court, you will need to drive down to Bill Burnett Cir, Union City, TN 38261 o0r call on 731-885-3831
- Finally, for the county clerk's department, you will have to visit the Court Square, Union City, Tennessee 38261 or dial 731-885-9611
Nearly 1100 criminal complaints are filed in Obion County, TN every year which puts the daily crime average at almost 4 incidents. While the majority of these transpire when the victim is less than a mile from his home/office, not all of them are cases of violent crime.
In fact, less than 10% of these complaints are against violent criminal events. Over the ten year period from 1999 to 2008, there has been a dismal rise of only about 6% in the number of overall criminal activity; however, violent crime surged by almost 30%.