Knox County District Attorney General - Charme P. Allen

Warrant & Criminal Summons Screening

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Warrant Screening

If a crime victim has been referred by members of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office or Knoxville Police Department for warrant screening the individual should contact the District Attorney General’s Office by phone and advise they have been referred for warrant screening.  An investigator from the District Attorney’s Office will then contact them, screen the case, and schedule a time for the citizen to appear before a Judicial Magistrate if the criteria for prosecution are met.  With this process, the citizen is inconvenienced as little as possible and is prevented from having to make more than one appearance to obtain a warrant or criminal summons.


  • For Emergency Situations, Please Dial 911
  • Cases referred to warrant screening require the same level of proof as does any other case in obtaining criminal process. The following requirements must be met:
    1. An Incident Report must be filed with the law enforcement agency handling your case;
    2. The offense must be a misdemeanor. On all felony offenses warrants must be obtained by a law enforcement officer;
    3. The suspect must be named and identified;
    4. Witnesses or other evidence must corroborate the allegation. If you have any of the following information, please provide it to the Officer, Detective, or Investigator assigned to your case:
      • All witnesses’ names, addresses, phone numbers;
      • All photos of injuries or property involved;
      • All documents related to your incident;
      • Medical records;
      • Video surveillance, text messages, or other electronic media related to your incident; and
      • Any other information that will assist in prosecution.
  • Knox County Sheriff’s Office (Incident occurred in Knox County)

    Phone: 865.215.2243

  • Knoxville Police Department (Incident occurred within the City of Knoxville)

    Phone: 865.215.7000

  • Please remember that there are other options to help resolve your situation without filing criminal charges. If you have one of the following situations, please contact the appropriate organization below before contacting the District Attorney’s Office for Warrant Screening.
  • Community Mediation Center (For Neighbor, Landlord/Tenant, & Family/Friend Non-Domestic Violence Related Disputes)

    912 S. Gay Street. Suite L300
    Knoxville, TN 37902
    Phone: 865.594.1879

  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee (For Restraining Orders & Orders of Protection)

    502 S. Gay Street, Suite 404
    Knoxville, TN 37902
    Phone: 865.637.0484

  • Knoxville Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service (For General Legal Advice & Filing Civil Lawsuits for Pain & Suffering, Loss of Work, etc.)

    505 Main Street, Suite 50
    Knoxville, TN 37902
    Phone: 865.522.7501



City County Building 400 Main Street
Suite 168
Knoxville, TN 37902