The Intake Division of the District Attorney's Office investigates and reviews felony and misdemeanor cases (except juvenile and family violence cases) where the suspect is not in jail and remains at large. The division is comprised of felony and misdemeanor prosecutors, investigators, a victims' advocate, and support staff who work on all types of cases including:
Murder and violent crimes against persons
Property crime cases
Drug trafficking cases
White collar financial crimes cases
Mental health and guardianship pleadings
The District Attorney's Office receives cases from over thirty law enforcement agencies. Once filed with the District Attorney's Office, a case is reviewed by investigators and prosecutors. The misdemeanor prosecutors review misdemeanor offenses to be filed in the Bexar County Courts at Law or the Bexar County Justice of the Peace Courts. Felony prosecutors review felony cases and subsequently prepare and present them to a Bexar County grand jury.
The District Attorney's Office is the legal advisor to the Bexar County Grand Jury and may appear before the grand jury for the purpose of giving information, answering questions or providing advice on matters of law. Two grand juries are impaneled in Bexar County at all times.
If the grand jury finds probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed, it returns a "true bill of indictment." This allows the case to proceed. If the evidence is insufficient to support an indictment, a "no bill" finding will be returned by the grand jury and no prosecution will take place.
The Intake Division also represents the State of Texas in hearings and trials relating to mental health and medication issues. When necessary, an Intake prosecutor will present evidence to a judge that substantiates a finding of probable cause or to effectuate a mental health commitment pursuant to an emergency or voluntary detention and/or a voluntary or involuntary commitment for an individual. Intake prosecutors also represent the State of Texas in guardianship proceedings and matters involving Adult Protective Services.