Charles County Detention Center – La Plata, MD

Charles County Detention Center is located in Charles County and is the jail for the area. Are you looking for somebody locked up in Charles County Detention Center? This site tells you information about anything one might want to know about Charles County Detention Centersuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Charles County Detention Center? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to offer info that you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Charles County Detention Center
6905 Crain Highway
La Plata, MD 20646

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 301-932-3100
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and need to find out where they are?

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Charles County Detention Center you should click on their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Charles County Detention Center Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who have been arrested, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can also find info on anyone arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information faster if you have their full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one may be at another jail you will want to check our Maryland county jail guide: List of all jails in Maryland


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is the picture that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Charles County Detention Center prisoners can be searched on the Charles County Detention Center website, or you can see them at the Charles County Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the first and last name, and the arrest 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 removed from the Charles County Detention Center site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are locked up, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is set by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that date you are required not to travel out of the county.

Usually, an inmate in the Charles County Detention Center will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to stay the jail every day after work, or you may 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 you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount set in order to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the jail. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Charles County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it’s easy. To start with, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in most cases request to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Charles County

Have you ever had to use a bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some basic questions, like your legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you make a telephone call in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please share your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? How did the guards treat you? Do you have any secrets that might help others make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take from 30 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the faster you can get out of jail. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to determine the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must start a jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go to jail, like your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you review the official 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 with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are typically more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 301-932-3100

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to write the person’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not mail a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and reviewed by the jail officers, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Charles County Detention Center is:

Charles County Detention Center
6905 Crain Highway
La Plata, MD 20646

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Charles County Detention Center
6905 Crain Highway
La Plata, MD 20646


The mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you double check the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the legal system in Charles County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

For more information about how to find an attorney, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Charles County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are fully 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

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a court case file with a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You have the ability to access court records via the internet service, or at the Charles County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records relating to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Charles County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are able to ask to get your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date to to surrender and report 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 incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, just visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Charles County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see sex offenders online, but remember that you won’t get the precise address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all documents filed in your court case. You can access court records online, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find if someone had:

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

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the Charles County courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Charles County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Charles County jail is no fun, soon you will settle into the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will 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 Charles County Detention Center, 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 Charles County Detention Center 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 someone in jail might change, so we suggest that you check the the Charles County Detention Center website when 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Charles County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Charles County Detention Center, 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 Charles County Detention Center

    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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 an inmate at Charles County Detention Center? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If yes, then please write your review about it. Write down your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Charles County Detention Center? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Did you make friends in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with someone from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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