Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 40: Criminal Procedure

Chapter 11: Bail

Part 1: Admission to Bail

TCA 40-11-104: Authority to release defendants.

(a) Any magistrate may release the defendant on the defendant's own recognizance pursuant to SC 40-11-115 or SC 40-11-116 or admit the defendant to bail pursuant to SC 40-11-117 or SC 40-11-122 at any time prior to or at the time the defendant is bound over to the grand jury. The trial court may release the defendant on the defendant's own recognizance pursuant to SC 40-11-115, admit the defendant to bail under SC 40-11-116, SC 40-11-117 or SC 40-11-122, or alter bail or other conditions of release pursuant to SC 40-11-144 at any time prior to conviction or thereafter, except where contrary to law.

(b) When a defendant has been released to appear as directed by the officer setting bail, and such defendant fails to appear as ordered, any new bail set shall be posted only pursuant to SC 40-11-118 or SC 40-11-122.

History: Acts 1978, ch. 506, SC 4; T.C.A., SC 40-1204; Acts 2012, ch. 994, SC 1.