Clay County Jail – Hayesville, NC

Clay County Jail is in Clay County and is the jail for the area. Do you know someone incarcerated at Clay County Jail? This guide will tell you info about anything related to Clay County Jail,such as: Find an inmate at Clay County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you information and tips that you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that might help others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Clay County Jail
295 Courthouse Drive
Hayesville, NC 28904

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 828-389-6354
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find them?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To search who is in jail at Clay County Jail you have to click on their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Clay County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get the same information about anybody booked or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information faster if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for might be at another jail you can look here: North Carolina County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photo, is a photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the Clay County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Clay County Jail. When viewing online you will need to enter their full name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot erased from the Clay County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re locked up, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and until then you can’t leave the area.

In most cases, prisoners at Clay County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your trial. Your bail amount all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will need to put up 10% of the amount that was set in order for you to be released. If you miss court, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Clay County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, its easy. First, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just 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 by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in most cases use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To find a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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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
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You will answer some basic questions, like your full legal name, address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell our readers about your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us tips that might help other people make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the faster you can get out of jail. It also depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to decide on the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring approved items when you go, for example your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be put into a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
The Clay County Jail visitation procedures change often, so review the official Clay County Jail jail site before you 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 usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden.

Phone Number: 828-389-6354

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. Clearly print the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail will be opened and inspected and read by the staff, and the mail will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Clay County Jail
295 Courthouse Drive
Hayesville, NC 28904

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Clay County Jail
295 Courthouse Drive
Hayesville, NC 28904


The inmate mail policy at Clay County Jail changes frequently, so be sure to double check the the Clay County Jail website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information on how to find an attorney, read: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the North Carolina State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a court case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clay County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents related to your court case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do different functions, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you should ask to see your own copy of this report before your sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to query the Clay County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the Clay County jail website or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Clay County jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings online, but bear in mind that you can’t find the precise address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to the Clay County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find out if someone has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Clay County courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your feedback may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Clay County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Clay County Jail is no fun, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00am, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Clay 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 Clay 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 people in jail can change, so review the the Clay County Jail website when you send any funds.

    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 Clay County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Clay 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 Clay County Jail

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

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

    Things you could include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. 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? Want to reconnect with somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Clay County Jail


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