Dolores County Jail – Dove Creek, CO

Dolores County Jail is in Dolores County and is the main jail for that county. Are you looking for somebody in Dolores County Jail? This page tells you info about anything a person needs to know about Dolores County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. How to view Dolores County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to offer info that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any feedback or comments that could help other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Dolores County Jail
409 North Main Street
Dove Creek, CO 81324

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (970) 677-2257
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and don’t know how to find them?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To look up who’s in jail at Dolores County Jail you have to go to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Dolores County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to get info for anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can get the information more quickly if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for might be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to check the other Colorado county jails in our Colorado County Jail Guide: Colorado Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photo, is a photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. They will take one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Dolores County Jail inmates can be seen on the Dolores County Jail website, or you can view them at the Dolores County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to put in the person’s full name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Dolores County Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail amount is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to show up for court, and until then you will not be permitted to leave the county.

Usually, an inmate will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to pay 10% of the amount that was determined in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is simple to do if you have the money. First, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In Colorado the amount of bail you pay is set by the Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado, but the magistrate or judge has the last word on how much your bail will be. The bail schedule lists all crimes included in Colorado and the exact bail you will have to pay for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You will answer some simple questions, like your legal name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. So, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get released. Also, it can depend on whether or not you have a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the discharge date, you should expect to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring required items when you go, such as your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will go in a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Dolores County Jail change often, so make sure that you check the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or totally denied.

The Dolores County Jail phone number is: (970) 677-2257

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You have to clearly write the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail gets opened and examined by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Dolores County Jail is:

Dolores County Jail
409 North Main Street
Dove Creek, CO 81324

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dolores County Jail
409 North Main Street
Dove Creek, CO 81324


The mail policy can change, so we suggest that you review the official website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the court system in Dolores County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers who are admitted to the Colorado State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Dolores County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a case file with a docket and every documents filed in the course of your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the online service, or by going to the Dolores County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records from your court case are held at Dolores County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Dolores County magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your case. They do several different things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to see your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you must go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, just go to the Dolores County jail website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can find these by contacting the Dolores County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access sex offenders online, but keep in mind that you can’t get the street address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and any of the documents filed in your court case. You can access court records on the website, or at the Dolores County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal background. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to the Dolores County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not find if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Dolores County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Dolores County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Dolores County Jail is no fun, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up at six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Dolores County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Dolores County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to Dolores County Jail inmates is likely to change, so it would be best to review the site before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Dolores County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dolores County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Dolores County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at this jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Dolores County Jail?

    If yes, then please tell us about it. Write about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Dolores County Jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

    Say wassup to someone at Dolores County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Dolores County Jail Website
    Dolores County Jail Inmate Search
    Dolores County Jail Mugshots
    Dolores County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Colorado Bail Schedule

    Dolores County Jail Visitation
    Dolores County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Dolores County Jail Inmate Search
    Dolores County Warrant Inquiry
    Dolores County Jail Arrests
    Dolores County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Dolores County Jail Jobs


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