Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex – Summerville, SC

Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex is in Dorchester County, SC and is the primary correctional facility for that region. Looking for someone incarcerated at Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex? This site will tell you information about anything you might need to know about Dorchester County Detention Jail Annexsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex
212 Deming Way
Summerville, SC 29483

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 843-563-0313
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and don’t know how to find them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To find out who is in jail at Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex you should navigate to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can get info for anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find their arrest information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be in another jail you will want to look here, too: List of all jails in South Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side photo. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found online, or you can go in person to the Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to enter the inmate’s name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex site? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, 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

Of course, once you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and you can’t go out of town.

Typically, inmates can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.

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 pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it’s really easy if you have the money. First, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually have a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will usually use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

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

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some questions, such as your full legal name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Do you have any tips that might help others make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged may take anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, it will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the release date, you should expect to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring required items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will go into a log of visitors for the inmate. Each visitor must provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so you should review the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are much more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 843-563-0313

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You must print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex is:

Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex
212 Deming Way
Summerville, SC 29483

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex
212 Deming Way
Summerville, SC 29483


The mail policy can change, so double check the the Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or relative find an attorney for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Dorchester County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the South Carolina State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law in South Carolina.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records contain a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records via the Dorchester County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records associated with your case are held at the Dorchester County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim. Remember you are able to request to have a copy of this report prior to sentencing, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, just go to the Dorchester County jail website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the Dorchester County court website or you can call the court directly. 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. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings online, but keep in mind that you will not see the street address, just the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a court docket and all documents and filings filed in your case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

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

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Dorchester County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Dorchester County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Dorchester County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex, 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 Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex 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 Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex inmates is always changing, so it would be best to review the official website before send funds 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex, 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 Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex

    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:

    • 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 been incarcerated at Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If you have, then you should tell us about it. Write down your experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    What to write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Dorchester County Detention Jail Annex? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to talk to somebody you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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