Finding Mugshots in Dallas County
In accordance with the Texas Public Information Act, Dallas County mugshots and arrest records are made available to citizens on requests without having to present a statement of purpose. As the primary repository of these mugshots, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) provides online access to the records. To access mugshots of persons incarcerated in any of the six facilities of the County Jail, use the search tool provided on the DSCO’s website. Users can select the “Inmate Look Up” option under the Jail Information tab of the website’s homepage to find the search engine.
The resulting page allows requestors to search the available mugshot database by an inmate’s personal information, booking number, or case number. To conduct a search by an inmate’s personal information, the last name, first name, race, and sex of the inmate will be required. To search by booking number, only the booking number of the inmate is required. To search by case number, only the inmate’s case number is required.
The search result shows the mugshot of the inmate along with brief personal data. Select the mugshot to view the complete details of the arrest record, custody status,the jail facility where the defendant is being held, and the required bond for a release. This page comes with a printer-friendly option to make a quick copy. For further information about a mugshot, call the inmate information line at (214) 761-9025or visit the DSCO headquarters at:
Lew Sterrett Justice Center:
111 West Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Dallas County Mugshots and Arrest Data
Dallas County is Texas’ second-most populous county with over 2.5 million residents and 27 million visitors annually. As America’s ninth-most populous county, it also ranks in the nation’s top 5 most dangerous cities. Recent crime trends in the county show that for every 100,000 residents, 7.2 homicides, 242.7 aggravated assaults, 51.1 rapes, and 207.8 robberies. The averages for part 1 property crimes in the same population sizes are 558.5 cases of burglary, 1,853.4 larcenies, and 433.4 motor vehicle theft.
Some 40 police agencies operate in the county, with the Dallas Police Department (DPD) enforcing the law over a greater part of the population. These agencies make more than 80,000 arrests annually, 40 percent of which the DPD is responsible for. The average daily population at the county jail is 6,500 of which 70% are at the pretrial phase.
The criminal justice process in Dallas County like in most jurisdictions across the state begins with an arrest. Most suspects are transported to the county jail (Lew Sterrett Justice Center) for booking after an arrest. The booking process at the center including medical evaluation and paperwork between the arresting agency, the magistrate, and the Sheriff’s Office. Consequently, the defendant is arraignment before the magistrate who advises the arrest of charges and sets the bond for a release until trial. Then, the defendant is handed over to the DCSO officers for incarceration until bail. At the county jail, the defendant’s fingerprints and photographs (mugshots) are taken in the completion of the paperwork. This paperwork becomes a part of Dallas County public records and it is made available to any member of the public on request.
This paperwork is filed with the District Attorney’s Office for an evaluation on accepting or rejecting the case again the defendant. Misdemeanor cases that accepted are filed at the County Court while accepted felony cases are sent to a grand jury. At this phase, the opportunity may be extended to defendants who are qualified for existing diversion programs to join in. While those granted bail may go home after paying the bond amount, others remain in prison until the determination of their trial.
Obtaining Certified Arrest Records
Dallas County arrest records can be obtained from the relevant police agency in the locality where such arrest occurred. These records are made available under the Open Records Request policy of each law enforcement unit. Records for arrests made in the City of Dallas, the county seat are provided by the Dallas Police Department. The public may access electronic copies of the DPD arrest records on the Dallas Police Public Data portal. An incident number or arrest date is required to filter for the relevant record. Select the name of a subject on the search result page to view the arrest details. To obtain a certified copy of the arrest record, contact the Open Records Unit of the DPD at this address:
Dallas Police Department
Open Records Unit
Dallas, TX 75215
Tel: (214) 671-3001
Fax: (214) 671-4636
Requests may be made through the mail or in person at the customer service window located at the address above. To complete the request, the name of the person arrested, sex, date of birth, race, and the date of the arrest is required. Note, in the release of the arrest report there some restrictions that apply. The DPD only releases the first page of an available arrest record. For further inquiry, contact the Unit by calling (214) 671-3345.
Records for all arrests made in the county are also available with the Dallas County District Clerk’s office or the Dallas County Clerk’s Office. Records of felony arrests can be obtained from the District Clerk while records of misdemeanor arrests are maintained by the County Clerk. Citizens may search available arrest records from both offices online via the county’s website. A quick search is possible by a name filter or a case number filter. Select the relevant subject from the search result to view the arrest information. Note, arrest records subject to a non-disclosure order are not available to the public.
To obtain certified copies of these records, contact the office of the District Clerk or County Clerk as relevant. To request certified copies from the District Clerk, contact the District Clerk’s criminal records section by mail at DCRecordsCriminal@dallascounty.org or by calling (214) 653-5950. For walk-in request, visit the criminal records division at:
Frank Crowley Courts Building
133 North Riverfront Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75207
When certified arrest records for misdemeanor cases are required, contact the Central Records Division of the Dallas County Clerk’s office at 600 Commerce Street. Walk-in requests are allowed during operation hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Requests are also accepted via e-mail to DC.CriminalRecords@dallascounty.org or by writing to:
John F. Warren, Dallas County Clerk
Attention: Certified Copies
133 N. Riverfront Blvd., LB-43
Dallas, TX 75207
The County Clerk provides each copy at $1 per page and an additional $5 charge per case for certification. Note, request via e-mail is the most preferred method. For further inquiry, contact the division at (214) 653-5767.
Sealing and Expunging Mugshot and Arrest Record
Pursuant to section 55.01 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Dalla County citizens who have been charged with certain criminal offenses may be able to expunge their arrest records. However, convicted cases of criminal offenses may not be eligible for expunction but may be sealed by order of non-disclosure. On determining one’s eligibility for arrest record expunction and filing the petition for expunction, Dallas County District Clerk strongly recommends consulting an attorney. The process involved in filing expunction and non-disclosure petitions is a delicate one and tasking. Note filing fees are not refundable and the applicant is solely responsible for mistakes made during.
For self-represented filers, visit the Texas Office of Court Administration website to find relevant resources to determine eligibility for an order of non-disclosure and complete the filing process. There are sample copies of petitions and orders on the site. Alternatively, ex-offenders filing a non-disclosure petition may send an email to the District Clerkat DCNondisclosures@dallascounty.org for relevant information. Similarly, individuals filing expunction orders may send an email to the District Clerk at DCExpunctions@dallascounty.org for information on the filing or status of an expunction petition. Note, guidelines, sample petition copies and forms required to complete this process may be found on the District Clerk’s website, criminal forms page.
Self-represented filers may file the completed petition for expunction or non-disclosure in person. When filing in person, visit the cashier window on the second floor of the District Clerk’s office at the Frank Crowley Courts Building. The cashier window is open to the public between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
In partnership with the Dallas County District Attorney, the District Clerk occasionally host ‘Expunction and Non-Disclosure’ Fairs at different locations throughout Dallas County. Participants do get personal answers to questions of eligibility and help in filling out forms and assembling the necessary documents. To find out the dates and locations for the next fairs keep watch on the District Clerk’s website.
The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) also helps indigent individuals with the expunction of arrest records in the county. The program is dedicated to increasing and enhancing pro bono legal services to the poor who meets its strict financial eligibility guidelines to receive help. DVAP Applicants must be below 125% of the Federal Income Poverty Line or between 125% and 200%, a US Citizen or legal alien, living within the DVAP service area, to qualify for free legal assistance. For qualified persons, applications for free legal help can be done at the nearest DVAP Neighborhood Legal Clinics. For more information on a clinic, contact DVAP at (214) 748-1234.
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