Lake County Detention Center – Tavares, FL

Lake County Detention Center is located in Lake County, Florida and is the jail for this region. Know someone locked up at Lake County Detention Center? This guide tells you about anything you might need to know about Lake County Detention Center,like: How to locate an inmate at Lake County Detention Center. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and advice that you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that could be beneficial to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lake County Detention Center
551 West Main St.
Tavares, FL 32778

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 352-742-4054
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has someone that has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to search who is in jail at Lake County Detention Center you have to go to their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Lake County Detention Center Inmate Locator is a list of people who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also find the same information about anybody arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you enter their name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be at another jail you will want to check our guide to other Florida jails: Other Jails in Florida


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking picture, is a photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one full face and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Lake County Detention Center. When viewing online you have to input the inmate’s name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken down from the Lake County Detention Center website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to 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 access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re locked up, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be allowed to leave town.

Typically, an inmate will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will be required to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total set so you can get out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Lake County Detention Center. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it is easy. First, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will usually ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer some simple questions, such as your legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process will take between 10 minutes to all day. So, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get released. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge still needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, 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, plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the log for the requesting inmate. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so it would be wise to check the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are typically pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely.

The Lake County Detention Center phone number is: 352-742-4054

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to write the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and read and inspected by the jail administration, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Lake County Detention Center, use this address:

Lake County Detention Center
551 West Main St.
Tavares, FL 32778

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lake County Detention Center
551 West Main St.
Tavares, FL 32778


The Lake County Detention Center inmate mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to double check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better.

To read more about this subject, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Lake County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are admitted to the Florida State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law in Florida.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records have a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records from your case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that presides on your case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and details of the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember you can ask to have a copy of the report before sentencing, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records online or you can call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind 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, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by going to the Lake County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but remember that you will not be able to find the street address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that includes a court docket and all filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, usually will not see if that person has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lake County,the Lake County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Lake County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Lake County Detention Center is no fun, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Lake County Detention Center, 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 Lake County Detention Center 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 someone in jail is likely to change, so it would be best to check the official Lake County Detention Center site when you send any money.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lake County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lake County Detention Center, 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 Lake County Detention Center

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Conditions in Lake County Detention Center.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Lake County Detention Center

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    Links and Resources

    Main Lake County Detention Center Website
    Lake County Detention Center Inmate Search Link
    Lake County Detention Center Mugshots
    Lake County Detention Center Bail Amount Link

    Lake County Detention Center Visitation Procedures
    Lake County Detention Center Jail Mail Policy Link
    Locate an inmate at Lake County Detention Center
    Lake County Detention Center Warrant Inquiry Link
    Lake County Detention Center Arrest Inquiry
    Lake County Detention Center Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Lake County Detention Center


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