The Felony Criminal Trial Division prosecutes all felony cases filed by law enforcement agencies in Bexar County, with the exception of cases involving family violence, which are handled by the Family Violence Division. Texas law provides for five different degrees of felony charges ranging from capital cases in which the State seeks the death penalty to state jail felonies where the maximum penalty is two years in a state jail plus a $10,000 fine.
Typically, a team consisting of four prosecutors, an advocate, an investigator and a law student or volunteer intern is assigned to each court. These teams handle cases that are filed in each court from the time of indictment through trial, if a trial is necessary.
Teams from the Felony Criminal Trial Division staffed with District Courts listed:
Capital Felony A Capital felony is punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
1st Degree Felony A First Degree Felony is punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine.
2nd Degree Felony A Second Degree Felony is punishable by 2-20 years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine.
3rd Degree Felony A Third Degree Felony is punishable by 2-10 years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine.
State Jail Felony A State Jail Felony is punishable by 180 days to two years in state jail and up to a $10,000.00 fine.
Criminal Trial Division Data
The Bexar County District Attorney's Pending Indicted Criminal Trial Cases Data Dashboard provides a summary of the volume of cases that have been accepted by our office. It also includes cases that were indicted from March 16, 2020, when the Bexar County COVID-19 orders went into effect eliminating jury trials and limiting courtroom occupancy - through December 27th, 2020.