Criminal Trial Division

Criminal Trial Division SealThe 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:

  1. Murder defendant arrested after 6 months on the run

    A murder defendant who cut off his GPS monitor while on bond awaiting trial was arrested late Tuesday. Read on...
  2. Man sentenced to prison for Dec. 2020 murder

    Daniel Calvillo, 29, a citizen of Piedras Negras, pled guilty to the Dec. 9, 2020, murder of Giovanna Barrera. Read on...
  3. Driver sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing teen who tried to escape moving car

    A San Antonio man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday for driving under the influence of drugs and killing a 16-year-old girl who tried to get out of the moving car. Read on...
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Ranges of Punishment: Criminal Trial Division County Jail Jumpsuit

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.