Criminal Defense Resources

Information and resources related to the criminal justice system in Harris County, Texas. For criminal justice resources for the counties surrounding Harris County, see the bottom of this page for links.

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Harris County Sheriff’s Office Public Inquiry System

The link above is to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office online public records information inquiry & search database. If you are looking for someone who may have been arrested in Houston, TX (Harris County, TX) or are in jail, this resource would be the best way to find their SPN# or jail location, and to verify if they are in the custody of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Houston Police Department (Jail Division) Public Information Inquiry

The website linked above can be used to find people 17 years of age or older who may have been jailed by the City of Houston. The records are updated twice per hour and there are multiple ways to search for inmates.

Find a Towed Vehicle (allow two hours from time of tow to time of entry.)

Texas Department of Criminal Justice Online Offender Search

If you have a loved one, friend, or family member incarcerated in TDC, or in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, you can search for them using the Online Offender Information Search resource link above.

Federal Prison Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is responsible for the custody and care of sentenced Federal inmates, as well as a significant number of pretrial detainees and pre-sentenced offenders for the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Use page like above to locate a Federal inmate incarcerated from 1982 to present.


Houston Criminal Information

Houston area Warrants & Ticket Info (City of Houston)

If you believe you may have a warrant, or tickets which may have been issued by the Houston Police Department you can call Houston 311 by dialing 3-1-1 or by calling 713-837-0311 to get more information. Another option is to use the link above.

Harris County Sex Offender Registry & Search

The website linked above takes you to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Texas Public Sex Offender Registry search database. Options are available to search by the offender’s name, an address, Zip code, County, or institute of higher learning. Also available is a national search option as well Texas’s 10 most wanted sex offenders.

Harris County District Clerk

Search for records and documents relating to criminal cases, filings and proceedings, detailed case (cause) information, bond information, payment plans, case settings, activities, documents and appeals. Only public criminal cases (causes) will be shown via this search. Also  search for civil & family cases in Harris County’s jurisdiction.


In addition to the Harris County criminal justice resources listed on this page, if you are looking for one of the local police stations, or jails for a municipality other than the City of Houston, click on the name of the Houston area town below to visit the corresponding page for more information.


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Contact Houston Area Law Enforcement Entities

Harris County Sheriff’s Office | 713-755-6044

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office, founded in 1837, is the largest sheriff’s office in Texas and the third largest in the United States. Our more than 4,000 employees are committed to the safety of the nearly 4 million residents who call Harris County home.

Houston Police Department  | 713-884-3131

The mission of the Houston Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in the City of Houston by working cooperatively with the public to prevent crime, enforce the law, preserve the peace, and provide a safe environment.

Harris County Constable – Law Enforcement Precincts

Houston Division of the FBI | 713-693-5000

As the FBI heads into its next century of service, the Houston Division is committed to continuing its work to protect the city and surrounding communities from all manner of national security and criminal threats. Since its inception in 1908, the FBI has conducted investigations in the Houston area tackling peonage (forced labor) violations, theft of interstate shipments, and other issues.

Metro Police | 713-635-4000

We are a professional, full-service police agency with 191 sworn peace officers and 42 civilian personnel, providing around-the-clock professional police services to METRO customers, employees and our community. METRO police officers are fully authorized Texas peace officers with the authority to enforce all laws. We are very much engaged with our regional partners in policing and emergency response to maximize our protection of the METRO transit system and our community.


Harris County Criminal Justice System

Harris County District Courts & Judges

Rules of the Judicial District Courts of Harris County, TX

 

Harris County Criminal Courts at Law

  • 713-755-6180 | Court 01 | Judge Goodhart, Paula
  • 713-755-6184 | Court 02 | Judge Harmon, Bill
  • 713-755-6188 | Court 03 | Judge Fleming, Natalie C.
  • 713-755-6192 | Court 04 | Judge Clinton, John
  • 713-755-6196 | Court 05 | Judge Harris, Margaret
  • 713-755-6200 | Court 06 | Judge Standley, Larry
  • 713-755-6204 | Court 07 | Judge Derbyshire, Pam
  • 713-755-6208 | Court 08 | Judge Karahan, Jay
  • 713-755-6212 | Court 09 | Judge Wilkerson, Analia
  • 713-755-6216 | Court 10 | Judge Ross, Sherman
  • 713-755-7780 | Court 11 | Judge Bull, Diane
  • 713-755-7738 | Court 12 | Judge Brown, Robin
  • 713-755-7950 | Court 13 | Judge Smyth, Don
  • 713-755-5683 | Court 14 | Judge Fields, Mike
  • 713-755-4760 | Court 15 | Judge Hughes, Jean

Last Update – January 2014

Need criminal justice resources for other Houston, TX area counties? Click below.

Brazoria County · Chambers County · Fort Bend County · Galveston County

Liberty County · Montgomery County · San Jacinto County · Waller County


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