Hamilton County Jail – Lake Pleasant, NY

Hamilton County Jail is located in Hamilton County, New York and is the jail for that region. Do you know somebody in jail at Hamilton County Jail? This page will tell you information about everything a person needs to know about Hamilton County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Hamilton County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you information and advice you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that would help other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Hamilton County Jail
102 County View Drive
Lake Pleasant, NY 12108

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 518-548-3113
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and need to contact them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To see who’s in jail at Hamilton County Jail you will have to navigate to their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Hamilton County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can find information on anyone booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their arrest information fast if you have their name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is in another jail you should look here: New York County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are on the website, or you can see them at the Hamilton County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to put in the name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken off of the Hamilton County Jail website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are incarcerated, your only thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail amount will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, prisoners are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to stay jail every day after work, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount set in order to be released. If you fail to show up for court, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, its really easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you can’t get a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, 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 you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually 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 will usually require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Hamilton County Jail

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some questions, like what is your legal name, street address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell us what happened. How long did it take to get processed? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any tips that might help other people to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster you post bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a release date, expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go into the visitors log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Hamilton County Jail frequently change, so you should double-check the official jail site before go to the jail 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 generally more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The Hamilton County Jail phone number is: 518-548-3113

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and inspected by the jail staff, and will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Hamilton County Jail
102 County View Drive
Lake Pleasant, NY 12108

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Hamilton County Jail
102 County View Drive
Lake Pleasant, NY 12108


The mail policy can change, so you should double check the the Hamilton County Jail website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, read: Find a Lawyer

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. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. They have a file containing a docket and all documents filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records relating to your case are maintained at the Hamilton County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Hamilton County court magistrate is the judge that presides over your case in court. They do a number of things, such as setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will review when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are able to request to see your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should access the Hamilton County jail website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the Hamilton County court website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be listed and 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 crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the precise address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file containing a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in the case. You can access your court records on the website, or at the Hamilton County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

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

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t find if they has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Hamilton County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Hamilton County jail is no fun, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Inmates get an alarm to wake up at about 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then have 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 Hamilton County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Hamilton County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to inmates at Hamilton County Jail is likely to change, so double check the the Hamilton County Jail website before send money to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Hamilton County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Hamilton County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Hamilton County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 Hamilton County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone at Hamilton County Jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to throw a shout out to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

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  1. April says:

    Hey hope you’re doing well ? when my phn rings I always hope it’s you but it never is.. please know I’m always here for you and I’ll never stop loving you we have shared to much together to just turn our backs and never speak again.. hope to hear from you soon as I always say! You’re amazing and I love you !

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