San Miguel County Detention Center – Las Vegas, NM

San Miguel County Detention Center is located in San Miguel County and is the main jail for that area. Do you know somebody in San Miguel County Detention Center? This site gives you info about everything you might need to know about San Miguel County Detention Centersuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view San Miguel County Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. San Miguel County Detention Center intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give advice and information you need to make going to jail easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and also any comments or tips that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

San Miguel County Detention Center
26 New Mexico 283
Las Vegas, NM 87701

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (505) 454-7403
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at San Miguel County Detention Center you have to go to their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The San Miguel County Detention Center Inmate Search is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to get info about anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their arrest information faster if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you can check our New Mexico county jail guide: Other County Jails in New Mexico


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is a photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. They take one face photo and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the pictures, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of San Miguel County Detention Center inmates are on the website, or you can view them at the San Miguel County Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the person’s name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot removed from the San Miguel County Detention Center website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re locked up, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until then you are not permitted to leave town.

Typically, prisoners in the San Miguel County Detention Center will earn time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount set before you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

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

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they won’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will usually use your personal assets as collateral.

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

Have you ever hired a bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? 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
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you will answer some basic questions, such as your full name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to make a telephone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? What was you treatment like? Can you tell us tips that could help other people make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process will take from 15 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge still needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, you should plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell someone that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you go, such as a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
The San Miguel County Detention Center visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you double-check the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are much more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: (505) 454-7403

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and read and inspected by the jail officers, and will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at San Miguel County Detention Center:

San Miguel County Detention Center
26 New Mexico 283
Las Vegas, NM 87701

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
San Miguel County Detention Center
26 New Mexico 283
Las Vegas, NM 87701


The San Miguel County Detention Center mail policy changes often, so double check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated legal system in San Miguel County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are admitted to the New Mexico State Bar Association and are 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? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

San Miguel County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the San Miguel County website, or by going to the San Miguel County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are kept at San Miguel County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The San Miguel County magistrate is the person who presides over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Remember you are allowed to request to receive a copy of the report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you should visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the court records online or call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the San Miguel County jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the San Miguel County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you won’t find the precise address, just 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 filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at the San Miguel County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to the San Miguel County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not be able to find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In San Miguel County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the San Miguel County jail is very scary, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You should expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00am, and then roll call. After roll call you will get 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 San Miguel 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 San Miguel 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 rules for sending money to inmates at San Miguel County Detention Center can change, so be sure to review the official website when you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at San Miguel County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the San Miguel 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 San Miguel County Detention Center

    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 spent any time in San Miguel County Detention Center? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write a review about it. Write about your jail experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    What to include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story About San Miguel County Detention Center

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to reconnect with a friend from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Say wassup to San Miguel County Detention Center


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