Property / Evidence Room
Property collected as evidence, recovered from any source or turned over as found property for safekeeping, is stored in the Property and Evidence Room.
Residents can make an appointment with Property and Evidence BEFORE arriving to pick up property items in order to ensure that someone is available to help. To schedule an appointment to pick up the property, you can call the office and leave a message at 972-624-3927, the message should include your name, phone number, case report number, and property description, and you will be contacted within 72hrs.
Release of Property/Evidence
Items are booked into Property & Evidence under 3 different categories:
- Evidence – Items collected in connection with a crime. Evidence is retained until a final disposition has been administered by the court (conviction, dismissal, etc.) involving all parties charged in that case. Evidence can only be released with a copy of a County Court Motion and Order granting the release of said property. To inquire about the status of a criminal case or about obtaining a court order for property retrieval, contact the Denton County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.
- Safekeeping – Items taken and stored with the intent to return the property to its known owner. For instance, if you have a medical emergency or Denton County Jail would not accept property upon transfer. Items held for safekeeping will only be retained for 90 days, after which they can be destroyed or auctioned.
- Found—Items found or abandoned. For items found with a known owner (Credit Card, Driver’s License, etc.), found/abandoned items can be destroyed or auctioned after 90 days of no inquiry/collection. If a last known address is located for the owner of a found item, a certified letter is sent for notification.
For items with no known owner, found/abandoned items can be destroyed or auctioned after 30 days from the date of receipt of the item.
Release of Firearms
The process for releasing a firearm varies depending on why it is being held. The following is a list of required documentation needed based on why it is being held:
- Firearm(s) being held as Evidence:
- A copy of a Filed and Signed County Court Motion and Order granting the release of said evidence
- Firearm(s) being held for Safekeeping:
- A Disposition for Release (submitted by the Officer or Detective)
- Proof of ownership i.e., a receipt or bill of sale.
- Firearm being held for Safeguard pursuant to Section 573.001 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and Article 18.191 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure:
If you are the owner of the firearm and you were detained under this section, the following is required before release:
Clearance from MHMR Tarrant County;
- Disposition of Release from an Officer verifying firearm eligibility;
- Proof of ownership i.e. a receipt or bill of sale.
- If you are the owner of the firearm and you were detained under this section, you also have the option to release the weapon to a designee.
- A Disposition for Release must also be filled out by an Officer to determine firearm eligibility
- If you are the owner of a firearm that was seized from someone detained under this section, the following is required before release:
- Disposition of Release from Officer verifying possession of firearm eligibility
- Proof of ownership