Wilkes County Jail – Wilkesboro, NC

Wilkes County Jail is in Wilkes County, NC and is the correctional facility for the region. Looking for somebody at Wilkes County Jail? This page gives you all about anything related to Wilkes County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Wilkes County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Wilkes County Jail intake procedures. Wilkes County court information. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the info you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Wilkes County Jail
100 Court Square
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 336-903-7623
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and need to find them?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who is in jail at Wilkes County Jail you will need to go to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Wilkes County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get info for anyone processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate the information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member is at another jail you should check our North Carolina county jail guide: North Carolina County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is a photo taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Wilkes County Jail inmates can be seen on the Wilkes County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Wilkes County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to input the inmate’s first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Wilkes County Jail website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

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

Typically, prisoners at Wilkes County Jail will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is dictated by how serious your crime is. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you are able to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the Wilkes County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, its really easy if you have the money. First, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman may ask to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Wilkes County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some questions, such as your legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail will take from 10 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you have a bond amount or if a judge has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, you should expect to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, and let them know that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. This information will be entered into the visitors log for the inmate. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Wilkes County Jail frequently change, so visit the official site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are typically more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 336-903-7623

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to write the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail is opened and read and inspected by the jail officers, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Wilkes County Jail, use this address:

Wilkes County Jail
100 Court Square
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Wilkes County Jail
100 Court Square
Wilkesboro, NC 28697


The mail policy can change, so we suggest that you visit the the Wilkes County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated legal system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. Public Defenders are actual attorneys, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Wilkes County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions filed in the case. You can access your court records with the Wilkes County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Wilkes County Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records relating to your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. 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

The magistrate is the person who presides over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you are able to ask to receive your own copy of this report before your sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you must report 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 some you know is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, you need to query the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

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

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but remember that you won’t see the exact address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to the Wilkes County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

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

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t be able to find out if that person has had:

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

    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 make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Wilkes County Jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You will get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work 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 Wilkes 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 Wilkes 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 procedure to send funds to someone in jail at Wilkes County Jail might change, so we suggest that you double check 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Wilkes County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Wilkes 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 Wilkes County Jail

    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:

    • 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 spent any time in Wilkes County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about your jail experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story About Wilkes County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to find somebody you met when you were locked up? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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