Lincoln County Jail – Lincolnton, NC

Lincoln County Jail is in Lincoln County, North Carolina and is the correctional facility for this region. Are you looking for someone in Lincoln County Jail? This page gives you all about everything a person needs to know about Lincoln County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Lincoln County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Lincoln County court information. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Lincoln County Jail
700 John Howel Memorial Drive
Lincolnton, NC 28092

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (704) 732-9020
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and don’t know how to find out where they are?

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

To find out who is in jail at Lincoln County Jail you will have to navigate to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Lincoln County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who are in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also get the same information on anybody booked or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one is at another jail you can check the other North Carolina county jails in our North Carolina County Jail Guide: Other County Jails in North Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photo, is a photo that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one and a profile photo. Your name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Lincoln County Jail prisoners are on the website, or you can see them in person at the Lincoln County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the inmate’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot removed from the Lincoln County Jail site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need 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. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re locked up, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is set by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to show up for court, and until then you must not leave the area.

Usually, a prisoner in the Lincoln County Jail will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to the jail at the end of the day after work, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount all depends on how serious your charges are. Someone you know will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Lincoln County Jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Lincoln County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to use a bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman may require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used a bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some questions, like what is your full name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Do you have any things that will help other people make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get let go. It also will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge has to decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, you should expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring required items when you go, such as a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be put into a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so make sure that you double-check the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The Lincoln County Jail phone number is: (704) 732-9020

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail gets opened and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Lincoln County Jail is:

Lincoln County Jail
700 John Howel Memorial Drive
Lincolnton, NC 28092

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lincoln County Jail
700 John Howel Memorial Drive
Lincolnton, NC 28092


The inmate mail policy at Lincoln County Jail changes often, so be sure to review the official Lincoln County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the court system in Lincoln County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

For more detailed information on this subject, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Lincoln County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are members of the North Carolina State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a file containing a docket sheet and all documents that have been filed in the case. You are able to access your court records via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their 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 check court records on the website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t find the actual address, rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file containing a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t learn if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Lincoln County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lincoln County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Lincoln County Jail is no fun, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. Following breakfast participate in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Lincoln County 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 Lincoln 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 rules for sending funds to inmates at Lincoln County Jail can change, so double check the official website when you send funds 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lincoln County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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 at Lincoln County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If so, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell Your Story About Lincoln County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Lincoln County Jail


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