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Law Enforcement Terms for the Law Abiding Citizen

For most citizens, almost everything they know about their local law enforcement officers comes from television. But even if you follow the letter of the law, knowing who's out there protecting the streets and what their specific responsibilities are is a good thing. What follows are a few terms that can help the average person sort out the shades of blue in the law enforcement community.

  • Jail - Differs from prison in one significant manner, not every inmate has necessarily been convicted of a crime. Some inmates who have been arrested and charged with a crime, but are unable to come up with bail, may await their trial in jail. Once a person is convicted of a serious crime, they are usually sent to a state or federal prison.
  • County Sheriff - Generally the top law enforcement official at the county level. Sheriffs are generally elected officials and may or may not have any previous criminal justice experience. In many sparsely populated areas the Sheriff's department serves as the local police force.
  • Criminal History Check - Because all adult arrests are a matter of public record, any citizen can access them. Most police and sheriff’s departments will, for a fee, print out a list of arrests and convictions for any individual.
  • Felony - Any crime that carries a minimum one year sentence is usually considered a felony. The consequences of a felony conviction are more severe than a misdemeanor.
  • Misdemeanor - Crimes that carry a minimum sentence of less than a year. That sentence is usually carried out in the county jail rather than a state or Federal prison.
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    Bexar-County Sheriff S Office Jail
    200 N Comal, San Antonio, TX 78207
    (210) 335-6260
    Bexar County Sheriff's Narcotics Div
    10127 Morocco St, San Antonio, TX 78216
    (210) 340-7546
    Karnes-County
    210 W Calvert Ave, Karnes City, TX 78118
    (830) 780-3931
    Guadalupe-County
    2611 N Guadalupe St, Seguin, TX 78155
    (830) 379-2214
    Guadalupe-County
    2617 N Guadalupe St, Seguin, TX 78155
    (830) 303-8866
    Guadalupe-County of
    307 W Court St Ste 205, Seguin, TX 78155
    (830) 303-3421
    Comal- County Sheriffs Office
    3005 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX 78130
    (830) 609-3921
    Comal-County
    3079 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX 78130
    (830) 608-2016
    Bandera County Sheriffs Office
    9155 Fm 1283, Pipe Creek, TX 78063
    (830) 751-2033
    Medina County Sheriffs Office
    801 Avenue Y, Hondo, TX 78861
    (830) 741-6150
    Frio County Detention Facility
    502 S Cedar St, Pearsall, TX 78061
    (830) 334-3311
    Hays County Sheriffs Office
    1307 Uhland Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666
    (512) 393-7800
    Sheriff's Ofc
    840 Adler St, Boerne, TX 78006
    (830) 249-9721
    Kendall County Sheriff's
    6 Staudt St, Boerne, TX 78006
    (830) 249-2122
    Kendall County Courthouse
    201 E San Antonio Ave Ste 122, Boerne, TX 78006
    (830) 249-9343


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