If you search for warrant records or arrest records in Dallas County, Texas, the first contact will be the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff’s department is located on the ground floor of the Frank Crowley Courts Building at 133 N. Riverfront Blvd., Lockbox 31, Dallas, Texas 75207. Their office can be reached by phone at 214-653-3450. If you would rather send a fax, use 214-653-3420. The sheriff’s department is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. You can also contact them by filling out an online form on their website. You can find this form at the following address: http://www.dallas-sheriff.com/contact.html.
There are also a couple of county websites that you can use to search for Dallas County warrants and arrest records. To use the Dallas County Criminal Background Search Service, go to http://www.dallascounty.org/criminalBackgroundSearch/. You can search for an arrest record there. You will need the offender’s personal information, such as their full name, sex, race, and birth date. You can also search by a specific case number if you have one. For access to court records, you can go to http://www.dallascounty.org/services/public_access.php.
A person’s arrest record contains a detailed history of their arrests. Pictures taken at the time and scene of the crime, details about the location, the situation surrounding the arrest, and the penalties the offender faced are all details the record may show. Arrest records in Texas normally only contain a history of arrests actually made in Texas. To find a person’s arrest record for other states, separate searches would have to be conducted.
A law enforcement officer that wants to arrest a person for a crime that they committed must have a warrant, along with an affidavit. Warrants are signed by the judge and then issued by the court. The warrantor of the warrant also swears that probable cause for the warrant exists under the penalty of perjury. This statement is recorded in the affidavit. In conjunction, these two documents give law enforcement officers the right to arrest the offender on sight. If an offender has avoided arrest to get out of a jail sentence, then a bench warrant may be issued. Arrest warrants can also be considered outstanding if the offender does not know there is a warrant for their arrest or if the law enforcement agency does not carry out the arrest.
In Texas, anyone can access government documents if they request writing because of the Texas Public Information Act. Find out where the crime or arrest took place and contact that county’s sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office cannot demand that you provide identification or a reason for requesting the arrest record. Still, they can ask you to request in writing, especially if you mean duplicating the document. Here is an example of how you can word the letter to request arrest records:
Under the Texas Public Information Act, Section 552 of the Texas Government Code, which requires that the “Officer for Public Records shall promptly produce such information for inspection or duplication, or both, in the offices of the governmental body,” I request to view or duplicate these arrest records.
For more information about arrest records and warrants, you can visit the Texas Department of Criminal Justice online at http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/. This website allows you to conduct an Offender Search for the entire state of Texas, including Dallas County.