Mcmullen County Jail – Tilden, TX

Mcmullen County Jail is in McMullen County, TX and is the primary correctional facility for this county. Do you know somebody in jail at Mcmullen County Jail? This site gives you all about anything related to Mcmullen County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give advice and information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask them, and any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Mcmullen County Jail
401 Main Street
Tilden, TX 78072

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 361-274-3311
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and need to find out where they are?

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

In order to search who’s in jail at Mcmullen County Jail you will need to click on their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Mcmullen County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can find info for anyone who has been arrested or released within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information faster if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for might be in another county jail you can check the other Texas county jails in our Texas County Jail Guide: Texas County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the photograph that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Mcmullen County Jail inmates can be searched online, or you can see them at the Mcmullen County Jail. When viewing online you will need to put in the inmate’s first and last name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot erased from the Mcmullen County Jail site? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you must promise to be there for your court date, and until that date you will not be permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, a prisoner are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay the jail every day after work, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount set before you can get out of jail. If you miss court, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Mcmullen County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They generally have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full legal name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process takes between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge must determine how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the release date, plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you aren’t late. Only bring approved items when you go, like your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go into the visitors log for the inmate. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Mcmullen County Jail can change, so we suggest that you check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are typically more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Mcmullen County Jail phone number is: 361-274-3311

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other form of delivery. Clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and read by staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Mcmullen County Jail is:

Mcmullen County Jail
401 Main Street
Tilden, TX 78072

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mcmullen County Jail
401 Main Street
Tilden, TX 78072


The mail policy is always changing, so be sure to double check the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the legal system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on this subject, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are members of the Texas State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Texas.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court records via the McMullen County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents from your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income 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 who presides over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Bear in mind you can ask to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and make sure that you correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do so, you will have to query the McMullen County jail website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you can call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can find these by contacting the McMullen County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these offenders online, but bear in mind that you can’t find the precise address, but only the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to the McMullen County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t discover if someone had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In McMullen County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the McMullen County jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine. Expect an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Mcmullen 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 Mcmullen 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 someone in jail at Mcmullen County Jail changes, so it would be best to double check the site before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mcmullen County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mcmullen 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 Mcmullen 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If you have, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? 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? Do you need to find somebody you met when you were locked up? Write your message below.

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