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An officer cannot base his/her decision on whether to arrest or not at the request of the victim. If the officer determines that a crime was most likely committed, “the preferred response of the officer is arrest.” The decision of whether to arrest someone, by Tennessee Law, is based on whether or not a crime occurred and is not based on the “consent or request of the victim.”
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If you need support, call Domestic Violence Victim Assistants at 931-221-1180 or 931-221-1181 (during normal business hours).
If it is an emergency and/or after hours, call for assistance from the Clarksville Police Department.
Conditions of Release (COR) are rules established by the Tennessee Law - most often involving cases of domestic assault. Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.) Section 40-11-150. These rules are designed to insulate victims of domestic abuse from intimidation or further acts of violence before a judge has an opportunity to review the case.
To get an Order of Protection, contact one of the following:
Make sure when taking out an order or protection that you are truthful about all the facts of your case. Once the paperwork is done a judge will then decide to sign a temporary order until a court hearing is held to issue a permanent order of protection.
No. Because criminal warrants are brought by the State of Tennessee and because criminal warrants are issued by a judge - only the judge can dismiss the case. Your best option to dismiss a case is to appear on your trial date and speak with a District Attorney.
You may be arrested and required to post a surety bond to assure your appearance at the next court date. If you intentionally fail to appear in court, you could be found in contempt of court which can include incarceration and/or fines. Please contact the Domestic Violence Victim Assistant for the Clarksville Police Department if you have a conflict with the trial date.