Charlotte County Jail – Charlotte, VA

Charlotte County Jail is located in Charlotte County, Virginia and is the jail for that region. Looking for someone incarcerated at Charlotte County Jail? This page tells you information about anything a person needs to know about Charlotte County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Charlotte County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Charlotte County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give information and advice that you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and also any feedback or comments that might help other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Charlotte County Jail
222 Law Lane
Charlotte, VA 23923

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 434-542-5141
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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 need to contact them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To look up who is in jail at Charlotte County Jail you will have to navigate to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Charlotte County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons currently in custody, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get info for anybody booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find the information quicker if you enter their full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member is locked up at a different jail you should check our Virginia county jail guide: Virginia County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photograph, is the photo taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will be on the pictures, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Charlotte County Jail inmates can be viewed on the website, or you can see them in person at the Charlotte County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to input the person’s full name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot erased from the Charlotte County Jail site? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to show up for court, and until that date you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, a prisoner can earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for court, that person won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the Charlotte County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Charlotte County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is really easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your personal assets as collateral.

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer a bunch of questions, like your legal name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the phone in order to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process will take anywhere between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get discharged. Also, it will depend on whether you have a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to determine your bail amount. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the release date, you should plan to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you go to jail, like your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will go into a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. All visitors must provide proof of identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so it would be wise to double-check the official Charlotte County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are typically more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges could be reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 434-542-5141

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and examined by the jail staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Charlotte County Jail
222 Law Lane
Charlotte, VA 23923

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Charlotte County Jail
222 Law Lane
Charlotte, VA 23923


The Charlotte County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so we suggest that you review the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in your county. The sooner you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

For more info on this, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Charlotte 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’s Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers who are admitted to the Virginia State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. They are comprised of a case file with a docket and every documents that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the online service, or by going to the Charlotte County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your case. They do different tasks, like setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim. Don’t forget you are allowed to request to have a copy of this report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just you should query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants on the Charlotte County court website or you are able to call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Charlotte County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Charlotte 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 the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the precise address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents filed in the court case. You can access court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

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

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t find out if they has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Charlotte County,the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Charlotte County Jail is no fun, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work 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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte 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 people in jail is always changing, so be sure to visit the official website when 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Charlotte County Jail

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

    • 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 an inmate in Charlotte County Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Charlotte County Jail?

    If so, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about your experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your comment:

    • Conditions in Charlotte County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to talk to somebody you met when you were locked up? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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