Davidson County Jail – Lexington, NC

Davidson County Jail is located in Dave County, NC and is the correctional facility for the area. Do you know someone at Davidson County Jail? This page gives you info about anything you might want to know about Davidson County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. How to view Davidson County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give information and advice that you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Davidson County Jail
110 West Center Street
Lexington, NC 27293

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (336) 242-2126
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?

Has someone who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who is in jail at Davidson County Jail you should visit their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Davidson County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find information for anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate the information more quickly if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is in another jail you should check our North Carolina county jail guide: List of all county jails in North Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking picture, is a picture that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile photo. Your name and booking number will be on the photos, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen on the website, or you can go in person to the Davidson County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to input the prisoner’s name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Davidson County Jail website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are locked up, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you will have to agree to go to your court date, and you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

Usually, a prisoner will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone you know will need to pay 10 percent of the total set so you can bail out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the Davidson County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, its simple to do if you have the money. First, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in most cases request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you wear your street clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us things that will help other people get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will be freed. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered into the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Anyone arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Davidson County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you review the official site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are a lot pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or cut altogether.

The Davidson County Jail phone number is: (336) 242-2126

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly print the name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Davidson County Jail:

Davidson County Jail
110 West Center Street
Lexington, NC 27293

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Davidson County Jail
110 West Center Street
Lexington, NC 27293


The Davidson County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so we suggest that you check the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you get a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the court system. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers, admitted to the North Carolina State Bar Association and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They are comprised of a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court case records using the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the 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 related to your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Dave County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, such as setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim. Be sure to remember you are able to request to receive your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to access the Dave County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • 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 a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Dave County jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Dave County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access this information on the internet, but you should know that you can’t get the exact address, rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at the Dave County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t see if they had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your story could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Dave County,the Dave County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Davidson County Jail is very scary, eventually you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6am, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. After 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 Davidson 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 Davidson 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 changes, so it would be best to review the official Davidson County Jail site before you send funds to an inmate.

    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 Davidson County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Davidson 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 Davidson 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:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in Davidson County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Davidson County Jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • 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 get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to leave a comment

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to reconnect with a friend from jail? Post a message to them below.

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