Finding Mugshots in Bexar County
The Texas Public Information Act (Chapter 552, Government Code) provides for public access to most Bexar County government records which include arrest reports and mugshots. Hence citizens may obtain Bexar County mugshots from the appropriate local law enforcement agency. Unlike what obtains in counties like Tarrant and Travis, Bexar County mugshots are not published on local law enforcement agencies' websites. To view a mugshot from recent or historic arrest, contact the arresting agency or the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office at:
Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
200 North Comal Street
San Antonio, TX 78207
The Sheriff’s Office manages and operates the county’s main jail which houses all arrestees. All Bexar County booking records along with accompanying mugshots are available at the Jail.However, citizens of Bexar County are allowed to determine the availability of mugshots from recent arrests by viewing the county’s arrest records. Bexar County arrest records may be found on different local law enforcement agencies' webpages.
Arrest details and biodata of persons arrested for a Class B or higher offense in the county within the last 24 hours are available on the Bexar County Central Magistrate website. The page offers a simple search tool to quickly located an arrestee by name. However, the list is presented in alphabetical order. For more information call the Central Magistrate’s office at (210) 335-6111.
Bexar County jail daily records are also made available to the public online by the Sheriff’s Office. The reports provide personal details, arrest charges and required bond amount for each intake for the day. Each daily report stays online for a maximum of seven days. For further information about a detainee or older jail reports, call the (210) 335-6201 or the main jail office at (210) 335-5401.
However, the public may be able to find more historic jail reports on the website of the local media firm, KSat.com. The news company aggregates Bexar County jail reports on a dedicated webpage with a simple name search tool. Currently, the page hosts more than 120,000 records. To view the charges for a defendant, select the name from the search result.
Bexar Mugshots and Arrest Data
Bexar County is the US 16th-most populous county and Texas' fourth-most populated with almost 2 million residents and over 30 million annual visitors. The county has more than 30 police agencies including the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BSCO) and San Antonio Police Department. The San Antonio Police makes 60 percent of the total arrests in the county while the BCSO and other suburban cities police account for the rest.
San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) handles on average 80,000 part 1 offense yearly and the BSCO handles 14,000 cases of the same crimes. The current violent crime rate in the county stands at 18.3 incidents in every 100,000 population and the property crime rate is 46.5 incidents in the same population sample. Bexar County operates the third-largest jail system in Texas with an average daily population of 3600 inmates.
After an arrest in Bexar County, the suspect is taken to a detention center for booking. If arrested by the BSCO, the arrestee would be taken to the Adult Detention Center in North Comal Street while persons arrested by the SAPD are taken to the City of San Antonio Detention Center located at 401 South Frio. The City of San Antonio Detention Center is part of a Central Magistration Facility. Both detention centers are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. At the booking, the arrestees’ fingerprints and mugshots are taken along with records of personal data. All these documentations become public records in line with the state’s statute once created. Therefore, any member of the public may request a copy without a statement of intention.
While an individual arrested on a warrant go straight to the jail after booking, persons freshly attracted will a magistrate after the booking. The magistrate decides who is getting bond and how much that bond will be. While some persons may be released on personal recognition (P.R. Bonds) during this process others are taken to the county jail from both detention centers to complete the booking process. At the jail, defendants who can afford to pay the bond amount may bail out of custody until an appointed court date. Others would have to go through the pre-trial and trial phases from the jail.
Obtaining Certified Arrest Records
Bexar County arrest records can be requested from the arresting agency. Requests to the BCSO are accepted by mail or in person. When applying in person, visit the Central Records Desk, Adult Detention Center at 200 North Comal Street during operating hours. The Central Records Unit’s operating hours are from Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (excluding county holidays). Mail-in requests should be addressed to:
Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
Central Records, Reports Desk
200 North Comal Street
San Antonio, TX 78207-3505
For mail-in requests include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and a money order for the fee (made payable to Sheriff, Bexar County). Each copy of an arrest record costs $8. For further inquiries contact the unite at (210) 335-6323.
For certified reports of arrests made by the SAPD, contact the Record Office at the agency’s headquarters in South Santa Rosa by mail or in person. The Record Office is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For requests by mail, download and complete the FORM 133-FOIA. Forward the completed form and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below:
San Antonio Police Department
315 South Santa Rosa
San Antonio, TX 78207
The SAPD also accepts requests online. Each transcript of an arrest report costs $30 and there is an additional $2 for certification of each document. For further inquiries, call the office at (210) 207-7598.
Bexar County District Clerk maintains the paperwork of all arrests that occurred in the county. Note, persons arrested in the county are taken to the Central Magistrate’s office to be advised of their charges and either processed out on bond or sent to jail. While the recent arrest records maintained by the District Clerk’s office can be found on the Magistrate Search, find older records via the online arrest records index. The public can make a quick search for an available record using the court record search engine on the District Clerk’s Office website. The Bexar County District Clerk also has computer terminals available to the public to access the database in the Research Room of the main office located at:
Paul Elizondo Tower
101 W Nueva, Suite 217
San Antonio, TX 78205-3411
The office is open to the public from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Citizens can request for certified copies in person at the address above, or via mail. For more information, call (210) 335-2662. Note for arrest records of Class C offenses, contact the relevant Municipal Court.
Sealing and Expunging Mugshot and Arrest Record
Persons with arrest records in Bexar County may have them erased permanently if statutory qualified under the state expunction law or sealed from public access. The privilege for arrest records expunction is established by Article 55 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure which qualifies arrestees who are not convicted and convicts who had their convictions overturned. Other persons who are eligible for this privilege include ex-offenders pardoned by the Governor and defendants charged with a Class C misdemeanor and have completed the deferred adjudication period. Ex-offenders who have determined their eligibility may proceed to file a petition of record expunction to the Bexar County District Clerk.
The process of completing a petition for expunction by non-legal professional may be tasking, petitioners may find talking to a lawyer about a particular situation helpful. Citizens pursuing the expunction process on their own may consult the free legal information website, Texaslawhelp.org for relevant instructions and form to completing the process. There is also the option of attending one of the expunction clinics organized by pro bono lawyers or legal aid attorneys in the county. One such clinic is hosted by the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) and St. Mary’s School of Law. To determine the next clinic date check the TRLA website or call (210) 212-3746.
When an expungement is not a feasible option, the ex-offender may petition the court for an order of nondisclosure in line with the Texas Government Code Section 411.071. This order prohibits criminal justice agencies from disclosing your criminal history to the public. Defendants who have completed the deferred adjudication community supervision are qualified to take this opportunity.