Dawson County Law Enforcement Center – Lexington, NE

Dawson County Law Enforcement Center is located in Dawson County and is the main correctional facility for this region. Are you looking for someone at Dawson County Law Enforcement Center? This guide gives you info about anything one might want to know about Dawson County Law Enforcement Center,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Dawson County Law Enforcement Center. How to view Dawson County Law Enforcement Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Dawson County court information. And much much more…

Main Menu

The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the info you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Dawson County Law Enforcement Center
709 N Grant Street
Lexington, NE 68850

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 308-324-3011
Fax Number:

Map and Directions


View Larger Map

Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and want to locate them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who’s in jail at Dawson County Law Enforcement Center you will have to click on their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Dawson County Law Enforcement Center Inmate Lookup is a list of people who have been arrested, including current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can also find the same information for anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get the information faster if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for is locked up at a different jail you should look here, too: List of all county jails in Nebraska


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is a photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will be in the photos, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center website, or you can view them at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in the prisoner’s full name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken down from the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


Return To Main Menu

Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you are required to agree to go to your court date, and in the meantime you must not leave the area.

Typically, a prisoner can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will be required to stay jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could get to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay depends on how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order to be released. If you fail to show up for court, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will usually ask to use assets as collateral.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used a bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.

Speak Your Mind

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


Return To Main Menu

Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You must answer some basic questions, such as what is your legal name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a phone call in order to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please share your experience. How long did it take? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any tips that might help other people get through jail processing?

Post A Comment

Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process can take from 15 minutes to all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will be released. Also, it will depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if a judge has to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell them that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Just bring approved items when you go, such as your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be put in a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Dawson County Law Enforcement Center are always changing, so check the official Dawson County Law Enforcement Center jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 308-324-3011

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of delivery. You should write the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and examined by the staff, and the mail will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Dawson County Law Enforcement Center is:

Dawson County Law Enforcement Center
709 N Grant Street
Lexington, NE 68850

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dawson County Law Enforcement Center
709 N Grant Street
Lexington, NE 68850


The Dawson County Law Enforcement Center mail policy changes frequently, so it would be best to visit the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


Return To Main Menu

Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the legal system in Dawson County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more detailed information on this, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Dawson County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are admitted to the Nebraska State Bar Association and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are maintained at Dawson County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, for example 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 will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Dawson County court magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your court case. They do different tasks, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you can request to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


Return To Main Menu

Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to visit the Dawson County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants online or 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, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and this information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but you should know that you will not see the precise address, rather the 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 and all filings and documents filed in your case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Dawson County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These online databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t discover if someone has had:

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

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account may help other people.

    Click here to post a comment

    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Dawson County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


    Return To Main Menu

    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in Dawson County Law Enforcement Center is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to 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 Dawson County Law Enforcement 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 Dawson County Law Enforcement 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 rules for sending funds to people in jail could change, so double check the official Dawson County Law Enforcement Center site before you send money 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.


    Return To Main Menu

    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


    Return To Main Menu

    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Dawson County Law Enforcement Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dawson County Law Enforcement 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 Dawson County Law Enforcement 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.


    Return To Main Menu

    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.

    Click here to post a comment


    Return To Main Menu

    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.

    Click here to tell about all about it

    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.


    Return To Main Menu

    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate in Dawson County Law Enforcement Center? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that others can find out what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Dawson County Law Enforcement Center.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


    Click here to review Dawson County Law Enforcement Center

    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? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to talk to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Say Hello to someone at Dawson County Law Enforcement Center


    Return To Main Menu
    1739

Speak Your Mind

*


*