Consolidation of Misdemeanor Citation Appearance Dates

Original Misdemeanor Citation Process

What is a Misdemeanor Citation? A Misdemeanor Citation can be issued by law enforcement for certain misdemeanor charges (Note: there are certain legal criteria that prevent an officer from issuing a citation) rather than being physically arrested and brought to jail.

Once issued a Misdemeanor Citation you will:
1. Go to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s Records and Identification Unit to get your fingerprints verified
    and a picture taken – please look at your misdemeanor citation for your scheduled appointment date!
2. Go to your initial court date; depending on the outcome of this court appearance you may have to go
    back to court – please look at your misdemeanor citation for your scheduled court date!

Under the original Misdemeanor Citation process, you are required to:
* Go to Records and Identification; this date normally occurs 21 days after you are given a Misdemeanor
* Go to your initial court date; this normally occurs 28 days after you receive a Misdemeanor Citation

Meaning, you have to go to the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center twice.

New Misdemeanor Citation Process!

Understanding that coming to the Criminal Justice Center at least twice is very time consuming and may be a hardship, the local criminal justice community decided to make things simpler.

Using a phased-in approach over the coming months, the Memphis Police Department and Shelby                     County Sheriff’s Office will be issuing Misdemeanor Citations with only one date on them – your                     Records and Identification appointment as well as initial court date will happen on the same day!

Please look at your Misdemeanor Citation closely! Due to the number of people who live in Shelby County and the number of Misdemeanor Citations that officers write, a slow roll-out of the new process must take place rather than all officers starting the new process at the same time.

We have to make sure that during this transition the court system does not have too many people at one time; all officers might be trained in 2018, but the training may continue into 2019 – we just have to make sure that the court system and officers are working together so that your time is respected.

Eventually, all officers with the Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will use the “same day” process, but as of right now, only officers assigned to the following areas are issuing “same day” Misdemeanor Citations:

Shelby County Sheriff's Office:
Multi-Agency Gang Unit Narcotics
Patrol Division - all shifts
Traffic (Motors, DUI)
Memphis Police Department:
Airways Station
Appling Farms
Investigative Services
Mt. Moriah Station
North Main precinct
Old Allen Station
Organized Crime Unit
Raines Station
Ridgeway Station
Tillman Station

Instead of coming to the Criminal Justice Center twice, your Records and Identification appointment and initial court date will happen on the same day!

Your Misdemeanor Citation will tell you what time to arrive at the Criminal Justice Center (7:30am, 8:00am, or 8:30am) for your Records and Identification appointment – please don’t be late! Court starts at 9:00am, so your scheduled time of 7:30am, 8:00am, or 8:30am will allow you to complete the fingerprint and picture taking process and still get to court on time!

Once finished, staff with Records and Identification will tell you what court you need to go to. If Records and Identification staff forget to tell you, please ask before you leave!

Note! The courts are located in the lower level of 201 Poplar – you are not able to walk through the building from Records and Identification to court, you will need to walk outside and enter through one of the public entrances on Poplar or Washington. Court starts at 9am; please wait for your name to be called and follow instructions from there.

Records and Identification
201 Poplar Ave
Rm 1006 Jail Annex
Memphis, TN 38103
* Entrance is located at the green dot  in the picture below

                         General Sessions Court
                         201 Poplar, Lower Level
                         Memphis, TN 38103
                         * Public entrances are located at the blue dots  in the picture below

Criminal Justice Center Complex

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Contact Information:

Katy Mack
Grants Manager
Phone: 901-222-5704

Chris Floyd
Criminal Justice Coordinator
Phone: 901-222-4069

Watch a Video of the New Process!