A citation is issued to an offender as an alternative to incarceration for misdemeanor offenses. Once a citation is written the offender is given a booking date to appear. The booking process includes taking an offender’s fingerprints, mug shot, and entry of the offenders information into the arrest system. The offender will then go directly to court.
The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office currently processes State Misdemeanor Citations from 7 – 11 am at the A.A. Birch Court House, 408 2nd Ave N, room 1110.
Citation holders should arrive a few minutes before their appointed time and wait in line to have their copy of their citation paperwork collected.
Once the Citations Office has opened, citation holders in line will then have a seat in the first set of benches in the Citations Office and wait for their name to be called by one of the Citations Processors. When their name is called, citation holders will have 4 initial finger prints taken to check for a previous arrest record in Davidson County and will be given a court cost card to fill out with their name and current mailing address (court costs will be mailed to the citation holder; no court costs will need to be paid the day of their booking).
After getting their initial prints taken and filling out their court cost card, citation holders will then have a seat in the second set of benches in the Citations Office and wait for their name to be called to have either a full set of fingerprints and a picture taken or just a picture (citation holders with previous arrest records in Davidson County will only need to get a picture taken). The booking process in the Citations Office, from start to finish, generally takes about 30 – 45 minutes.
Once a citation holder has had their picture taken, their booking process is complete and they will be directed to go to Court room 1A in order to see the District Attorney and the presiding Judge for that day to begin their court appearance process. Citation holders must appear in court and see the judge to finish their court process or a Fail to Appear warrant will be issued against the citation holder.
Depending on the volume of citation bookings for the day, the wait time in court could be 2-3 hours, so citation holders should plan accordingly for their booking date.