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Smith County, TX Public Records

Smith County public records include all written, audio, and video-related materials that are generated, utilized, and stored by the local government agencies on behalf of the residents. They are considered available for public access following Government Code, Chapter 552, provided there are no legal exemptions. Vital records like births, deaths, marriages, and divorce fall under this group as they are only accessible to spouses, parents, legal representatives, and the person on the record. Births and deaths are sourced from the County Clerk, while marriage certificates are accessible via the Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics. Divorce records may be obtained from the district clerk's office. Vital records copy pricing depends on certification and the document type. Property records are also accessible to all requesters via the County Clerk.

Courts in Smith County

Court Records in Smith County, Texas

Smith County court records are available to all record seekers, provided there are no legal contraventions. The county has several district courts which are housed at the same location. To access them, interested parties may issue a request to the District Clerk, who presides over court records at the County Courthouse. Alternatively, requesters may use the Texas Judicial Branch platform to search for case information. Interested parties may search by location, case category, type, status, and the filed date. There are records that cannot be viewed due to their case content. They may concern domestic or sexual abuse, ongoing criminal investigations, and juveniles. In these cases, the records may only be viewed by legal representatives, court officials, or parties to the case.

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Jails and Prisons in Smith County

Find Inmate Search and Jail Records in Smith County, Texas

Smith County inmate records are available for public viewing following the transparency mandate of local statutes. They are maintained by the County Sheriff’s office, which also offers an inmate search platform. Interested parties can view names, physical descriptions, charges, sentencing, and status. Further information on inmates may be obtained by contacting the Sheriff’s office or the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Inmates are allowed visitors on a weekly basis; however, they have to be scheduled days in advance. Minors also have to be accompanied by parents or legal guardians during visits. Visitors have to present their Government Issue identification on arrival to jail facilities and have appropriate clothing. Smith County has six jails and prisons. It is ranked 210 out of 254 in jails per capita.

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206 East Elm Street

Police Departments and Sheriff Offices in Smith County

Arrest Records in Smith County, Texas

Smith County arrest records may be accessed by all record seekers provided there are no legal contraventions. As the main law enforcement agency within the county, the sheriff’s office acts as the custodian for arrest records, though they can also be sourced from local police departments. Arrest reports detail a person’s physical description, mugshot, witness statements, the arresting officer, and the context of the detainment. Criminal records are slightly different as they include these details, along with court convictions. Some records, though, are not accessible to every requester due to their sensitive nature. Records concerning juveniles, abuse, child custody, or ongoing criminal investigations are only accessed by law enforcement, parties to the incident, and correctional facilities. Smith County has 17 police departments, serving 237,186 residents. The crime rate is 32.12 per 1,000 residents.

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