Fort Worth Jail
If you or a loved one have been arrested in Fort Worth, your first priority will be getting them out of jail. Your next priority will be finding them the best criminal defense attorney for their needs. Here is some basic information that will assist you in locating your loved or securing their release.
How to find out if someone is in custody in the Fort Worth City Jail:
First, call the Fort Worth Jail at 817-392-4055. This is the general information line. It is important to call this number first because most arrestees are transported to Mansfield Law Enforcement Center, instead of housed in the jail or police department in Fort Worth. Once they are formally charged, if they have not yet bonded out, they will be moved to the Tarrant Count Jail.
Find out where your loved one is being held:
- Call the Tarrant County Jail Inmate Information Line 817-884-3116.
- Visit the Tarrant County Corrections Center, 100 N. Lamar, Fort Worth, TX 76196.
- Look them up on the Tarrant County Inmate Locator.
- Call the Mansfield Jail at 817-473-8676.
- Visit the Mansfield Jail at 1601 Heritage Pkwy, Mansfield, TX, 76063.
- Get more information on Mansfield Jail.
How to get calls from the Tarrant County Jail
Inmates in the Tarrant County Jail are allowed to make collect calls from inside the jail. You cannot place a call to an inmate in the jail. In order to accept the call, you can set up Advance Connect with Securus Technologies.
Visitation in Mansfield Jail
When you can visit an inmate depends on their gender, and what day of the week it is.
- Visitation for men: 2-10 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
- Visitation for women: 2-10 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Each visitation day, there will be 12 visitation sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. Each session will last 30 minutes. Seating is limited. Inmates are allowed two visits per week. The new week starts each Tuesday.
Visitors must produce a valid form of identification. All visitation booths are monitored and recorded with audio and video surveillance equipment. Federal Inmates must complete a visitation list and have it approved by the Case Manager before visits will be allowed.
Where can I post a cash bond?
Bonds may be posted at any time, 24 hours a day, at the Bond Desk, Tarrant County Corrections Center, 100 N. Lamar, Fort Worth, TX 76196. Learn more about cash bonds and bonding someone out of jail.
Pretrial Release: A Bond Alternative through Tarrant County
Tarrant County Pretrial Services provides a way for an inmate to be released from custody without putting up a cash bond or going through a bondsman. Pretrial Services is available to individuals charged with:
- Class A and B misdemeanors and
- Non-violent felonies.
To be eligible for release through pretrial services, the defendant:
- Must be a resident of Tarrant County or reside within a 50-mile radius.
- Must be in jail on a Tarrant County offense
- Must provide positive identification
- Must not be on parole or probation nor have any previous felony convictions
- Must be willing to appear in court for all scheduled court appearances until the case is disposed
- Defendants who have first degree felonies or who have a history of bond forfeitures are excluded from consideration unless ordered by a judge.
To secure a person’s release through Pretrial Services contact Tarrant County Pretrial Release at 817-884-1465 if you believe you or a loved one may be eligible for Pretrial release. The fee is $20 or three percent of the amount of the bond, whichever is greater.
Tarrant County and Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorneys
Once you have secured their release, your attention will turn to finding a defense attorney for them. Our attorneys handle all levels of state and federal criminal offenses. This includes driving while intoxicated cases, white collar crimes, drug crimes, and crimes against persons or property.
To hire a criminal defense attorney, call today for a complimentary strategy session. During this call we will:
- Discuss the facts of your case;
- Discuss the legal issues involved, including the direct and collateral consequences of the allegation; and
- Discuss the defenses that apply to your plan and in general terms discuss our approach to your case.
Call: (817) 203-2220
You can also contact us online:
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Vehicle Tow Information
Where is the Fort Worth Police Tow Yard?
If your vehicle was impounded by the Fort Worth Police Department, you will have to retrieve the vehicle from the FWPD Auto Pound. Within 48 hours of your car being towed, you the last known owner or lien holder of the vehicle will be notified of impoundment. However, if you wait for this notification, an additional $50 will be added to the cost of getting your vehicle out. To avoid the $50 fee, call (817) 392-5950 to confirm whether your vehicle has been impounded and what you will need to get it out. For starters, a state-issued ID, proof of ownership (title, current registration, contract, or notarized bill of sale) will be required to view or retrieve your car. This auto pound is open 24/7 and located at 2500 Brennan Avenue. Towing fees are set by City Ordinance No. 12924, but here are some estimates:
- Standard: $135.00
- Tilt Bed/Rollback: $135.00
- Heavy Duty: $216.00 per hour
- Preservation/Impoundment fee: $20.00
- Storage fee: $20.00 per day. Over 25 feet: $30.00 per day
- Notification fee: $50.00
- Extra Labor on Towage: $100.00 per hour
- Second Wrecker: $135.00 covering first hour
If your vehicle has been towed to a storage facility without your consent, the Texas Transportation Code Sections 685.002-.007 grants you the right to an administrative hearing to determine whether such removal was proper. Your vehicle may only be removed without your consent if there is probable cause for the removal and placement. To assert this right, you or your attorney should deliver a written request to the Justice Court of jurisdiction before the sixth day after the date your vehicle was placed in storage; excluding weekends and legal holidays. To learn which Justice Court will hear your matter, call Tarrant County with the address where your vehicle was towed from. If you are the owner of the vehicle, your written request must include the following:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your telephone number
- The location from which the vehicle was removed
- The date on which the vehicle was removed
- The name of the vehicle storage facility holding your vehicle
- The address of the vehicle storage facility holding your vehicle
- The telephone of the vehicle storage facility holding your vehicle
Several city ordinances provide that you may be entitled to an administrative appeal hearing if your vehicle has been impounded. The Justice Court with jurisdiction over the location of your vehicle will hear the case and determine whether the impoundment of your vehicle was proper. In Fort Worth, this ordinance is found in Article IX, Section 22-302 in the Code of the City of Fort Worth.