Defending Arlington Texas Against Criminal Charges

If you were arrested by the Arlington Police Department or the University of Texas at Arlington Police, you need the best criminal defense attorneys in Tarrant County on your side. The Arlington criminal defense lawyers at Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC are award-winning trial lawyers who can begin defending your liberty from the moment you call them at (817) 993-9249. Mr. Barnett was born and raised in Arlington and is passionate about helping defend the people of Arlington against criminal charges.

Where is the Arlington City Jail located?

The Arlington City Jail is located in central Arlington near the University of Texas at Arlington. The jail is in the Ott Cribbs Public Safety Center:

Arlington City Jail
Ott Cribbs Public Safety Center
620 W. Division Street,
Arlington, Texas 76011

How can I check to see if someone is in the Arlington City Jail?

If you need to check to see if your loved one is currently being held at the Arlington City Jail, you can check the Arlington City Jail inmate list at the following link:

Arlington City Jail Inmate List

You may also call the Arlington City Jail at 817-459-5648 or 817-459-5649 to get more information on the current inmate list.

Visiting Hours and Visitation Rules at the Arlington City Jail

While the Arlington City Jail is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the visiting hours are limited and the visitation rules are strictly enforced:

  • Visitation limited to Wednesdays and Sundays from 4pm – 6pm and is subject to cancellation by the jail supervisor without notice;
  • Visitation at the Arlington City Jail is limited to 15 minutes per visit;
  • No more than 2 people may visit a single inmate at a time;
  • Visitors must be dressed appropriately (although that is not defined);
  • Visitors must be at least 17 years of age and present a valid driver’s license or state issued identification card;
  • Visitors at the Arlington Texas Jail should have no outstanding arrest warrants.
  • Parents may not bring any children under 17 years of age to conduct a jail visit and may not leave children in the lobby during any visit.

Note: On their website, the Arlington City Jail warns that “All visitors may be searched prior to entering the visitation room,” so be careful not to bring any contraband with you to visitation. It is wise to call the Arlington Jail at (817) 459-5648 or (817) 459-5649 prior to visitation to verify approval.

Where to pick up prisoners being released from the Arlington City Jail?

Upon their release from the Arlington City Jail, prisoners may be picked in the jail lobby on the west side of the Ott Cribbs Public Satefy Center.

If your vehicle was impounded by the Arlington Police Department:

Because the Arlington, Texas Jail at the Ott Cribbs Public Safety Center is used by the Arlington Police Department and other agencies such as the University of Texas at Arlington Police, it is important that you contact the law enforcement agency that impounded the vehicle to determine where it is stored and if it is eligible to be released.

The City of Arlington reports that the two most common towing companies used by the Arlington Police Department are:

  • Kelly McKnight Wrecker Service (817) 265-1336; and
  • Denny’s Towing & Recovery (817) 461-2338

If your vehicle was towed and impounded, be advised that the police agencies do not have any information regarding the fees or payments due to the towing company for release of impounded vehicles. Those questions as well as directions to the storage facility should be directed to the towing company themselves. You should be prepared to provide identifying information about the vehicle, such as the year, make, model, VIN, and license plate number.

Should I pay a bond or accept Tarrant County Pretrial Release?

Pretrial Release is similar to a PR bond (personal recognizance) in Tarrant County. The following qualification must be met for a person to be eligible for Pretrial Release:

  • The Arlington City Jail inmate must be Tarrant or Dallas County resident;
  • The inmate must be in jail on a Tarrant County offense (other than a first-degree felony);
  • The person must not be on parole for a felony offense or have any prior felony convictions;
  • The person must agree to appear in court at every required setting until the case is complete;
  • The inmate must provide proof of identification; and
  • The inmate must NOT have history of bond forfeitures on any previous criminal cases.

Tarrant County Pretrial Release is committed to maintaining a cost-efficient program for the release of qualifying defendants from jail. This helps in unburdening the overcrowded jails, provides a fair and easy method of release from incarceration. A person or family members should contact Tarrant County Pretrial Release at (817) 884-1465 to check to see if a defendant is eligible. The Arlington City Jail employees and officers will not determine whether a prisoner is eligible for this program.

Pretrial Release is generally preferred over paying a bond to a bail bondsman. However, as long as a bond has been set on the case, a bondsman is probably the fastest way to get someone released from the Arlington City Jail. Our Arlington Criminal Defense law firm works with several reputable bail bondsmen in Tarrant County. Call our office at (817) 993-9249 and we can help you get in touch with a bondsman day or night.

Contact an experienced Arlington Criminal Defense Lawyer today at (817) 993-9249

Do not settle for the lawyer in the snow cone stand across the street from the jail. If you or a loved are in need of a lawyer for a pending Arlington criminal charge, you need to contact the best Arlington criminal defense team at Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC. Our top-rated attorneys will fight for you. Contact us today at (817) 993-9249


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