Suwannee County Jail – Live Oak, FL

Suwannee County Jail is located in Suwannee County and is the jail for the county. Do you know someone in jail at Suwannee County Jail? This page tells you information about everything a person needs to know about Suwannee County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Suwannee County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that would help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Suwannee County Jail
200 South Ohio
Live Oak, FL 32060

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (386) 364-3778
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and want to contact them?

Has somebody that has been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to see who is in jail at Suwannee County Jail you have to navigate to their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Suwannee County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to find info about anybody arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their arrest information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member may be at another county jail you should check our Florida county jail guide: Florida County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is a picture taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one full face and a side photo. Your name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the Suwannee County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Suwannee County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to input their first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Suwannee County Jail website? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.

Typically, prisoners in the Suwannee County Jail will earn time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to put up 10% of the amount that was determined so you can bail out of jail. If you miss your court date, the person that paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Suwannee County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it is really easy. To start with, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman might require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes 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.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some simple questions, like your legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you use the phone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did it take to get processed? What was you treatment like? Do you have any things that might help other people that get arrested get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process takes anywhere between 10 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will be released. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to determine your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitors will be entered in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Suwannee County Jail can change, so it would be wise to visit the jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are a lot pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: (386) 364-3778

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly write the name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail will be opened and read by staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Suwannee County Jail, use this address:

Suwannee County Jail
200 South Ohio
Live Oak, FL 32060

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Suwannee County Jail
200 South Ohio
Live Oak, FL 32060


The inmate mail policy at Suwannee County Jail is always changing, so visit the the Suwannee County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better your chances.

For more info on this, read: How to Find an Attorney in Suwannee County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a case file containing a docket sheet and all documents that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records via the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Suwannee County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records associated with your court case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge who presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Remember that you can request to see a copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do so, you need to visit the Suwannee County jail website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry online or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Suwannee County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings on the website, but remember that you will not see the actual address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file containing a court docket and any documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, usually will not discover if they has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Suwannee County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Suwannee County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Suwannee County jail is very scary, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and then roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Suwannee 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 Suwannee 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 funds to people in jail is always changing, so it would be best to visit the official website before send money to someone in jail 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 Suwannee County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Suwannee 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 Suwannee County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have 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 locked up in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write down what you experienced so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in your comment:

    • Conditions in Suwannee County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Suwannee County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Suwannee County Jail Link
    Suwannee County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Suwannee County Jail Mugshots
    Suwannee County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Suwannee County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Suwannee County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Suwannee County Jail
    Suwannee County Warrant Lookup
    Suwannee County Jail Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Suwannee County Jail
    Suwannee County Jail Jobs


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