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.

  • lola  On December 10, 2014 at 3:30 am

    My cousin got arrested for failure to id.if we cant afford to bail her out what is the range of amount of time she can spend in jail?

  • admin  On December 19, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Lola – I believe failure to I.D. is a Class B Misdemeanor . The penalty for a Class B is not more than 180 days in a county jail and/or a fine of not more than $2,000.

  • Suzanne  On January 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    My sister was arrested as she was trying to renew her DL @ the DMV for a bad check written in 2006. She had never been arrested or in trouble before. I was made to be the cosigner for her bail but I am wondering why she wasn’t given the PRBond? Does one need to request it or how does that work? And although she is out is there anyway all of that could be changed if in fact she is eligable for it? I resented being made to be the cosigner, not my sister but the county or whomever. Just wondering why she wasn’t presented this option.

  • admin  On January 21, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Suzanne – We’re a little confused. No one makes you be a co-signer on a bond. Were you at a bonds company? P.R. bonds are presented as an option. Are you sure you co-signed something or maybe what you signed was a reference for her? P.R. does check references before they allow a P.R. bond. If this happened at the Magistrate then it was a P.R. bond. It’s the only kind given out to inmates. Any other bond would be through a bonds company.

  • Mary  On January 30, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    My son was arrested for DUI on the 19 th when I went to go bond him out they said he had a hold warrant. Judge told him that if other state didn’t pick him up in 10 days they would let him go. Today we bond him out for DUI and they said he now has to stay another 10 days ? Does anyone know how this works ?

  • admin  On February 7, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Mary – From what we have been told the other agency needs to make arrangements to pick him up within 10 days. After they make arrangements to come get him, if it’s not done within 10 days then he will be released. We could only get one person to tell us this. We were not able to confirm it with anyone else.

  • Madein  On February 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    My friend was picked up for DWI, and released on PR, however because of overcrowding she was sent to county jail to be released?? When will she be released, as soon as she gets there or sometime during the day???

    When/How can she get her car out of impound?

  • admin  On February 21, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Madein – We’re kind of confused. Usually people who are going to be released immediately are released from the magistrates office. The whole purpose of that is to keep them out of the county jail because of overcrowding. Anyway, if they have the paperwork they will begin processing but the paperwork is processed in the order it is received. Once she is out she can go get her car. There is a fee.

  • Steve  On March 12, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    How soon can you see if someone has been arrested?

  • admin  On March 16, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Steve – Their booking process takes some time. It will probably be 4 to 6 hours before they have information available.

  • Connie  On March 23, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    What does it mean when it says “Magistrated – released”?

  • nina  On March 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Is there any one I can call to speed up the process of setting my husband’s court date??? & How can I find out if he has a court appointedlawyerr?????

  • admin  On March 25, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Connie – That the magistrate released him. The magistrate may have felt there wasn’t sufficient evidence to hold him.

  • admin  On March 25, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Nina – You can’t speed up the process of getting him a court date but you can find out who his attorney is. Call Central Records at 210-335-6201 to see what court the case will be assigned to. If it is listed ask them for the phone number for that court. Contact the court clerk to find out the name of the attorney who has been assigned to your husband and also ask if a court date has been set yet.

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