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The Magistrate Court of DeKalb County, Georgia

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Decatur, GA 30030-3356
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Dispossessory Warrant: When can I get my security deposit back?

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  • If you have contacted law enforcement, and the police have stated they will not request an arrest warrant, you may apply for a warrant if you think a misdemeanor crime was committed against you while in DeKalb County.
  • This application is to request a hearing to determine whether or not the person you believe committed a crime against you should be arrested.
  • The completed application form must include a current mailing address for the person you are accusing of a crime. Georgia law requires notice of the application hearing be sent to that person by mail; therefore, the Court cannot accept an application without a complete and valid address.
  • If you called the police, you must include the police report number. It is very important that you furnish a date of birth for the accused because the sheriff's department cannot arrest a person without that information.
  • The sheriffs department must have a physical description of any person who is to be arrested. It is your responsibility to provide complete information about the accused, as well as complete information about your own address and telephone number.
  • In addition to filling out the application form completely, you may be required to pay an application fee of $20.00, which must be in cash. The Court cannot accept cards or make change.
  • Once you have filled out the form, the judge will then put you under oath and ask you questions to determine whether your sworn testimony and your supporting evidence may be sufficient to suggest a crime may have been committed under Georgia law by the person named in the application.
  • If the judge does decide your claim can proceed to a hearing, then the clerk will give you printed notice of the hearing date before you leave.



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