The Central Magistrate is often called C-Mag or Mag’s Office.  It is a joint processing area that includes City and County personnel.  If an individual has been arrested for the first time on a charge he will be taken to the Magistrate’s Office to be processed.  (Individuals arrested on warrants go straight to the jail).  The arrested person will see a magistrate (judge) who will decide if he gets bond and how much that bond will be.

P.R. Bonds will interview the individual to see if he is eligible to be released on his personal recognizance, which is sort of like giving his word to appear in court.  While P.R. Bonds is validating the information he gave, County officers will begin verifying his identity which will include taking his fingerprints and photo.  If a P.R. bond is denied, the individual will be sent to the County Jail to complete the booking process.  If it is approved the individual will be released once the book-in then book-out processes are complete.

This system was set up to help with the overcrowding at the County Jail.  But because of this system the Central Magistrate’s Office frequently knows if someone has been arrested before the people at the  jail do.  If you call Central Records to find out information on someone who just got arrested and they don’t show him in the system, try calling the Magistrate’s Office.

Central Magistrate (City side): 210-207-7532

Or go to the joint County and City Central Magistrate website.

NOTE:  City is having some problems with their phone number.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  If it is not working when you call try 210-207-7534 instead.


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  • admin  On July 31, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Ashley – Central Records doesn’t have notice about that until your sister’s status shows as released. She will still be there for a while longer while they finish processing.

  • admin  On July 31, 2014 at 3:50 am

    LGaeta – The judge determines the sentence within the sentencing guidelines. Call Central Records to see if any information is showing up in their computers yet. Their number is 210-335-6201.

  • melissa  On August 1, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I just bonded my husband and now they said the process is gonna take longer because there is a condition on his paper work which is a cpr hold or something…what does that mean???

  • Nina  On August 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    What does pending magistration mean

  • admin  On August 20, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Nina – It means he is waiting to go before the magistrate.

  • kaylee  On August 20, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    My cousin was arrested for a p.i how can i bail her out? Or will she just be released in the morning? She was supposedly picked up around 8pm it is now 11:30pm and she is still not in the system

  • admin  On September 5, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Kaylee – A P.I. is a ticket. She’ll be released when she sobers up.

  • admin  On September 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Melissa – I’m not sure about a cpr hold. Did they maybe say gps hold?

  • steven  On October 25, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I have a warrant for my arrest for not paying tickets.do I have to be bailed out by someone or they take me out on my own?

  • Roberta  On October 28, 2014 at 9:53 am

    What do you do when someone was arrested and gave a false address…We have a neighbor that was arrested that gave her name with our address…she has never stayed or lived here…now we have all this mail coming to our house…Do not want any of this crap coming our way….Thanks…

  • admin  On November 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Steven – Depends on how the warrant was set up. If it gave a bond and a fine amount that means you can do either. If it gave just a bond amount you have to bond out.

  • admin  On November 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Roberta – You are in a tough spot. You could try calling the Warrants department to let them know the situation and ask them to update their information but that department doesn’t seem to be very responsive. I would try anyway. Your best bet would probably be to draw a line through the name and your address, write on the envelope “wrong address, no one here by this name” and return the letters to the mailman. If the sheriff’s office starts getting them back maybe they’ll get the message.

  • ronie  On November 10, 2014 at 5:28 am

    my son was arrested for dui (I believe). He is diabetic. How can I find out if he has his insulin? Or who can I speak with to inform that he is diabetic. His blood sugar may be low and it may cause him to have some adverse reactions?

  • admin  On November 12, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Ronie – Call the nurses station at 210-335-6260 or 210-335-6167.

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