Lincoln County Courthouse – Libby, MT

Lincoln County Courthouse is located in Lincoln County and is the main correctional facility for the area. Are you looking for someone at Lincoln County Courthouse? This guide tells you about everything you might want to know about Lincoln County Courthouse,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Lincoln County Courthouse intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to give you all the info that you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and also any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Lincoln County Courthouse
512 California Ave
Libby, MT 59923

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 406-293-7781
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Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To find out who is in jail at Lincoln County Courthouse you have to go to their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Lincoln County Courthouse Inmate Roster is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can also get information on anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate the information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for may be at a different jail you will want to check the other Montana county jails in our Montana County Jail Guide: Montana County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photo, is the photograph that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Lincoln County Courthouse prisoners can be viewed online, or you can view them at the Lincoln County Courthouse. When viewing online you have to input their name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Lincoln County Courthouse website? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re locked up, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are required not to go out of town.

In most cases, prisoners can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to pay ten percent of the total that was determined so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Lincoln County Courthouse website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, its really easy. To start with, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bondsman may request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get 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 each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to all day. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if the judge still needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a release date, plan to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you have to start your sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell them that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or your ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be put in a Visiting log for the inmate. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you visit the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. 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 break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 406-293-7781

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other method of delivery. You have to clearly print the name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and read by staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Lincoln County Courthouse
512 California Ave
Libby, MT 59923

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lincoln County Courthouse
512 California Ave
Libby, MT 59923


The Lincoln County Courthouse inmate mail policy can change, so be sure to review the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a case file containing a docket sheet and every documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You can access court records with the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are held at the Lincoln County Clerk of Court.

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 a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Lincoln County court magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your case in court. Magistrate judges do several different things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to see a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just go to the jail’s website, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these by contacting the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but keep in mind that you can’t see the precise address, rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket and any documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at the Lincoln County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not see if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lincoln County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Lincoln County jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required 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 Lincoln County Courthouse, 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 Lincoln County Courthouse 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 likely to change, so check the site when you send funds to an inmate.

    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 Lincoln County Courthouse

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lincoln County Courthouse, 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 Lincoln County Courthouse

    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 locked up in Lincoln County Courthouse? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Lincoln County Courthouse?

    If yes, then you should write your review about it. Write about your jail experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What 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

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to talk to a person you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at Lincoln County Courthouse


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