The Grand Jury and Intake Division of the District Attorney's Office is responsible for investigating and reviewing felony and misdemeanor cases filed with the office where the suspect remains at large. The division is comprised of a division chief, district attorney investigators, misdemeanor and felony prosecutors, staff and a victim's advocate who work on all types of cases including:
Murder and violent crimes against persons
Domestic violence cases
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 a case is filed with the District Attorney's Office, it is reviewed by investigators and prosecutors. The misdemeanor prosecutors review misdemeanor offenses to be filed in the Bexar County Courts at Law and prosecute all misdemeanor and criminal traffic offenses filed in Bexar County Justice of the Peace Courts. Felony prosecutors review felony cases to be filed in State District Court. Once a charging decision is made regarding a felony offense, a presentation is prepared for a Grand Jury.
The District Attorney's Office serves as a legal advisor to the Grand Jury and may appear before the Grand Jury at all times for the purpose of giving information or advice upon any matter of law or upon any questions arising respecting the proper discharge of their duties. Two Grand Juries are impaneled at all times throughout the year. In those cases wherein the Grand Jury finds probable cause, an indictment is returned by the Grand Jury, allowing the case to proceed to trial. If the Grand Jury returns an indictment, it is the responsibility of the District Attorney to pursue the charges alleged in the indictment. In some cases, if the evidence is insufficient to support an indictment, a "no-bill" will be returned by the Grand Jury and no prosecution will take place.
The Intake and Grand Jury division of the District Attorney's Office is also responsible for representing the State of Texas in hearings and trials relating to mental health and medication issues. A prosecutor is responsible for presenting evidence to a judge to substantiate a finding of probable cause or to effectuate a mental health commitment pursuant to an emergency or voluntary detention and voluntary and involuntary commitment for an individual when necessary. This prosecutor also represents the State of Texas in guardianship proceedings and matters involving Adult Protective Services.