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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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    Williamson County Sheriffs Office
    508 S Rock St, Georgetown, TX 78626
    (512) 943-1389
    Williamson-County of
    301 Se Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX 78626
    (512) 943-1630
    Bell-County
    111 W Central Ave, Belton, TX 76513
    (254) 933-5435
    Bell-County Sheriffs Dept
    104 S Main St, Belton, TX 76513
    (254) 933-5426
    Burnet County
    810 Steve Hawkins Pkwy Ste 1, Marble Falls, TX 78654
    (830) 798-3212
    Travis County Sheriffs Office
    3800 Hudson Bend Rd, Austin, TX 78734
    (512) 854-9727
    Coryell County
    201 S 2nd St, Copperas Cove, TX 76522
    (254) 547-6517
    County Government Travis-County
    4110 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751
    (512) 854-3445
    Lampasas-County
    410 E 4th St, Lampasas, TX 76550
    (512) 556-8255
    Travis County Emergency Services
    5555 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
    (512) 854-4621
    Travis County Sheriffs Office
    5555 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
    (512) 854-9772
    Travis County Sheriffs Office
    500 W 10th St, Austin, TX 78701
    (512) 854-5245
    Coryell County
    510 E Leon St, Gatesville, TX 76528
    (254) 865-7201
    Llano County Sheriffs Dept
    110 W Chamberlain St, Kingsland, TX 78639
    (325) 388-0753
    Travis- County Sheriffs Office
    3614 Bill Price Rd, Del Valle, TX 78617
    (877) 894-8463


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