Property and Evidence
Release of Property/Evidence
- Evidence – Items collected in connection with a crime. Evidence is retained until a final disposition has been administered by the court (conviction, dismissal, etc.) involving all parties charged in that case. Evidence can only be released with a certified copy of a County Court order. To inquire about the status of a criminal case or about obtaining a court order for property retrieval, contact the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office at 210-335-6000.
- Safekeeping – Items taken and stored with the intent to return property to its rightful owner. For instance, if you were involved in an motor vehicle accident, and had to be transported to the hospital. Property left behind at the scene of significant value, will be secured in Property & Evidence under the heading of safekeeping. In order to pick up your property. Items held for safekeeping will only be retained for 90 days, after which they can be destroyed or auctioned.
- Found—Items found, surrendered, or abandoned. For items with no known owner, items can be destroyed or auctioned after 30 days of no inquiry. For items found with a known owner (Credit Card, Driver’s License, etc.), items can be destroyed or auctioned after 90 days of no inquiry. For items found with a known owner, a certified letter will be sent to the last known address, informing them of the 90-day time frame for item retrieval.
Release of Firearms
- Firearm being held as Evidence:
- A certified copy of a County Court Order granting release of evidence
- Firearm being held for Safekeeping
- A Disposition for Release (submitted by the Officer or Detective)
- Proof of ownership i.e., a receipt or bill of sale. If this cannot be produced, a notarized statement must be completed certifying ownership: Firearm Ownership
- Firearm being held for Safeguard pursuant to Section 573.001 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and Article 18.191 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure:
- If you are the owner of the firearm and you were detained under this section, the following is required before release:
- Clearance from MHMR Bexar County;
- Disposition of Release from an Officer verifying firearm eligibility;
- Proof of ownership i.e., a receipt or bill of sale. If proof of ownership cannot be produced, a notarized statement must be completed certifying ownership: Firearm Ownership
- If you are the owner of the firearm and you were detained under this section, you also have the option to release the weapon to a designee. However, the following forms will need to be completed and notarized by both the owner and designee before firearms can be released:
- Release of Property to Designee & Ownership Affidavit
- Firearm Designee Affidavit
- A Disposition for Release must also be filled out by an Officer to determine firearm eligibility