Filing for Criminal Court Cases

Who is required to E-File their documents:

Parties representing themselves in court without the assistance of an attorney (Pro Se litigants) may hand file their documents to the county clerk. Attorneys must electronically file documents in Bexar County criminal cases through an electronic filing service provider certified by the Office of Court Administration.

For Pro Se litigants or in the event of an emergency, documents may be hand filed in the court in which the case has been assigned. For questions regarding filing, contact:

Bexar County Clerk
Bexar County Courthouse
100 Dolorosa, Basement
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 335-2238

See Map of the Courthouse, List of County Courts and the Frequently Asked Questions

Map of Bexar County Courthouse, Justice Center & Paul Elizondo Tower (PET)

There are two buildings connected to the courthouse. Building 1 is the courthouse. Building 2 is the Justice Center. Building 3 is the Paul Elizondo Tower (PET).

There is a tunnel located in the basement. The tunnel connects the courthouse to the Justice Center (see the dotted lines below). To access the tunnel, go through the sliding glass doors located next to the elevators in the basement of the courthouse. To enter the PET from the Justice center, go across the courtyard.

When is my court date?

You may contact the Criminal Filing Department at (210) 335-2238. You may also search this information on the Bexar County Clerk and District Clerk Records Search page.

What is my case number?

Case information can be accessed on the Bexar County Clerk’s website or by calling our office at (210) 335-2238.

What court do I need to be in today?

There are bulletin boards located in the Bexar County Justice Center that lists court information. You may find your name on the bulletin board and then proceed to the court listed by your name. If your name is not listed on the bulletin board, you may want to obtain assistance from the County Clerk’s Criminal Filing department located in the basement of the Courthouse.

Can you provide any information about the attorney on record for a specific case?

When you complete a Misdemeanor Record Search on an individual there will be a column displayed with the attorney’s name.

What is a bond forfeiture case?

A bond forfeiture case is filed when a misdemeanor defendant failed to appear for a hearing or trial. If an answer is not filed in a timely fashion, the plaintiff may take a default judgment. For case information or citation inquiries, contact our Bond Forfeiture Department at (210) 335-2237.

How do I file a Petition for Nondisclosure?

For Pro Se filers, a Petition for Non-Disclosure can be filed with the County Clerk’s Criminal Filing Department located in the basement of the Bexar County Courthouse. The filing fee for a Petition of Non-disclosure is $260.00. (Section 411.081 Government Code and 133.154 Local Government Code) When filing, please provide the original filing as well as two copies.

Is there a number I can call to get case information?

Customers may call (210) 335-2238 to obtain summary information about a particular case or use the Bexar County Clerk and District Clerk Records Search page.

How do I find out if I have any warrants?

Contact the Bexar County Sheriff’s warrant division at (210) 335-6030 for information pertaining to warrants.

Who can I call for inquiries regarding electronic filing?

For e-filing questions you may call: (210) 335-2496 OR Tyler at (855) 539-3453

How do I obtain copies of a misdemeanor case?

Requests for copies can be made in person or can be mailed to the following address:
Bexar County Clerk
ATTN: Criminal Central Filing
100 Dolorosa, Suite 104
San Antonio, TX 78205-3083

Per Local Government Code 118.001, the County Clerk’s fee schedule for copies of misdemeanor records are as follows:
Plain Copies $1.00 per page
Certified Copies $1.00 per page plus $5.00 certification fee per case

How do I obtain copies of a background check?

Misdemeanor background checks are performed at:
Bexar County Clerk’s Office
Criminal Central Filing Department
100 Dolorosa, Basement
San Antonio, TX 78205-3083

The fee for a background search is $5.00 for the first 10 years and $1.00 for each additional year.

To obtain a misdemeanor background search by mail, send a letter of request including the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Cashier check or money order payable to
  • Bexar County Clerk
    ATTN: Criminal Central Filing
    100 Dolorosa, Suite 104
    San Antonio, TX 78205-3083
  • Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope

When is my next court date? I don’t have a case number or SID number?

You may call (210) 335-2238 to inquire about your next scheduled court date.

Why do I have to pay court cost and fine, if I already served time?

Court cost and fines are in addition to any time served and are included in all judgments unless the judgment indicates "time and money to run concurrent".

How can I get a transcript?

If the case was not appealed you may contact the court reporter that was assigned to that court. If the case was appealed you can purchase a copy from the County Clerk’s office if the court reporter filed a transcript.

My case is set on the docket. Do my attorney and I have to be there?

When your case is set on the docket both you and your attorney must be present.

How can I get copies of a judgment, sentence or dismissal?

You may contact the County Clerk’s Criminal Filing office at 210-335-2238

Where do I pay my court costs/attorney's fees?

You may pay your court costs/attorney's fees at the court collections payment window, which is located in the basement of the Bexar County Courthouse at 100 Dolorosa, San Antonio, Texas 78205

Where is the Bexar County courthouse located?

Bexar County Courthouse
100 Dolorosa
San Antonio, TX
(210) 335-2626

Who may I contact if I have a question?

You may contact the criminal filing department at (210) 335-2238 for inquiries regarding copy requests and the filing of Writ of Habeas or Nondisclosures. You may contact the Bond Forfeiture department at (210) 335-2237 for inquiries regarding bond forfeiture matters. You may contact the Criminal Courts at (210) 335-2496 for inquiries regarding filings for a criminal case.

County Courts At Law
To contact a court clerk in a certain court, you may call the appropriate court.

Administration Office
Paul Elizondo Building
101 W. Nueva, 3rd Fl.,
SAT 78205
Chief Administrator, Dianne D. Garcia (210) 335-2115
Staff Attorney, Brooke Bauman (210) 335-2868

County Court 1, (1st Fl. JUSTICE CENTER) Judge John Fleming (210) 335-2571
County Court 2, (4th Fl. JUSTICE CENTER) Judge Jason Wolff (210) 335-2573
County Court 3, (Basement Courthouse) Judge David J. Rodriguez (210) 335-2575
County Court 4, (2nd Fl. JUSTICE CENTER) Judge Jason Garrahan (210) 335-2426
County Court 5, (4th Fl. JUSTICE CENTER) Judge John Longoria (210) 335-2567
County Court 6, (2nd Fl. JUSTICE CENTER) Judge Wayne Christian (210) 335-2156
County Court 7, (2nd Fl. JUSTICE CENTER) Judge Genie Wright (210) 335-2002
County Court 8, (1st Fl. JUSTICE CENTER) Judge Celeste Brown (210) 335-2005
County Court 9, (4th Fl. JUSTICE CENTER) Judge Walden Shelton (210) 335-2008
County Court 10, (Basement Courthouse) Judge Karen Crouch (210) 335-2947
County Court 11, (1st Fl. JUSTICE CENTER) Judge Tommy Stolhandske (210) 335-2023
County Court 12, (2nd Fl. JUSTICE CENTER) Judge Scott Roberts (210) 335-2750
County Court 13, – (3rd Fl. JUSTICE CENTER) Judge Crystal Chandler (210) 335-2625
County Court 14, (2nd Fl. JUSTICE CENTER) Judge Susan Skinner (210) 335-1670
County Court 15, (4th fl. JUSTICE CENTER) Judge Bob Behrens (210) 335-1245
Auxiliary Court (Jail Court) 200 N. Comal 78207 (210) 335-6472
Other county clerk resources
Criminal Courts, Barbara Espinoza-Vera (210) 335-2246
Criminal Filing, Lucy Rigby (210) 335-2220
Contact Info: County Courts at Law

What are the court rules and procedures?

Court Rules and Procedures

Children
No children are allowed in County Criminal Court.   Please arrange for childcare before your court date.

Dress Code
Business attire is required for any person entering the courtroom.  This includes defendants, friends and family, observers, attorneys and their staff.  Not allowed: cutoffs, shorts, tank tops, swim wear, clothes bearing obscene language, house slippers, halter tops, dirty clothing, micro-mini skirts, workout garments, and midriff shirts.  Attorneys are responsible for informing their clients of the Court's dress code.

Appointment of Attorneys
The Administration Office handles most attorney appointments and manages the appointment wheel. 

Faxes and E-mail
The Court does not accept filing by fax or e-mail.  ONLY EFILED documents will be accepted. (efile.tx.courts.gov)   E-mails to the judge will not be read or acknowledged unless requested and expected by the judge.

Phone
No court business will be conducted over the phone.  The judge will not entertain motions for continuance, bond requests, labor detail requests or court cost arrangements over the phone.  This rule applies to attorneys and defendants.  You may call the court coordinator to ask for the best time to see the judge.

Community Service
If a defendant is on probation, they will follow the rules and directions of CSCD and their probation officer.

Ex Parte Communications
All inquiries concerning motions and other court business should be directed to the court coordinator.  Judges are prohibited from communicating about cases with the defendants or their attorneys unless both sides are present.

Cell Phones
All mobile phones and pagers must be turned off while in court.  Violators may be fined or removed from the courtroom or the device may be confiscated.

Interlock Devices
Interlock devices must remain on any vehicle a defendant drives for the duration of probation.  Interlock devices must not be removed unless ordered by the court.  To remove an interlock while on probation, the defendant should contact an attorney, who must file a request to modify the terms of probation.  When requesting removal of an interlock device, defendants or their attorneys must appear in front of the judge in person. Only approved providers may be used.

Rules of Conduct for Counsel While In Trial
Different judges have different rules and different preferences.  It is not really fair to expect counsel to follow the rules if they do not know what the rules are.  For this reason, the judge is providing counsel with the following rules before trial.  If there are any of these rules to which you object or do not understand, the judge would be glad to discuss them with you in chambers with opposing counsel present.

General
  • Be on time for court.
  • Make brief objections on legal grounds.
  • Stand to object or to address the Court.
  • Do not respond to opposing counsel's objection unless you first ask leave of the Court to do so or the Court asks you to do so.
  • Do not talk at the same time that opposing counsel, a witness, or the Court is talking.
  • Do not use racist, sexist, obscene or profane language in court unless eliciting or quoting from facts in the case.
  • Do not make sidebar comments, facial gestures or other distracting noises or gestures during any phase of a trial.
Clients
  • If your client is in custody at the time of trial, bring appropriate clothes for him or her to wear in the courtroom, and give them to the bailiff before the trial.
Voir Dire
  • Make challenges for cause after the completion of voir dire unless a prospective juror makes statements that may possibly taint the whole panel
Testimony
  • Have your witnesses in attendance at the court and ready to testify when needed.
  • Have your witnesses dress appropriately for court. No blue jeans, shorts, T-shirts, etc.
  • Do not request a bench conference except under extraordinary circumstances.
  • Do not point firearms, loaded or unloaded, in the direction of jurors, witnesses, or any other persons in the courtroom.
  • Ask permission to approach the witness stand.
  • Ask permission to approach the court reporter to use or mark an exhibit.