Lee County Jail – Opelika, AL

Lee County Jail is in Lee County, AL and is the primary correctional facility for that region. Are you looking for someone locked up at Lee County Jail? This guide gives you information about anything you might need to know about Lee County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and any tips or comments that could help others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Lee County Jail
1900 Frederick Road
Opelika, AL 36801

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 334-749-5651
Fax Number:

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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 don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to search who’s in jail at Lee County Jail you need to navigate to their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Lee County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who are in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to find info about anybody booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information quicker if you’ve got their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for might be locked up at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Alabama jails: Alabama County Jails Directory


Mugshots

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

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the Lee County Jail website, or you can view them at the Lee County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to put in the prisoner’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Lee County Jail site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest 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 getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

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

Typically, prisoners in the Lee County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was set before you can get out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the Lee County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s really easy if you have the money. First, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Bail Schedule

In the state of Alabama your bail is set by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but the judge or magistrate has the ultimate say on how much your bail will be. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule includes each and every crime defined by Alabama and the exact bail you will have to pay for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your legal name, home address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should share your experience. How long did it take? How were you treated? Do you have any tips that might help other people that get arrested make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take anywhere from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will be freed. It also depends on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to decide on the bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed with you, such as your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be put in a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. All visitors will be required to provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so you should double-check the official Lee County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, 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, your ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 334-749-5651

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent via the US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You should write the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail gets opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Lee County Jail is:

Lee County Jail
1900 Frederick Road
Opelika, AL 36801

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lee County Jail
1900 Frederick Road
Opelika, AL 36801


The Lee County Jail mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you check the the Lee County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the court system in Lee County. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

For more information on this subject, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Lee County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They include a court case file containing a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You have the ability to access court records using the Lee County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records related to your court case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you can ask to get your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, you need to visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or 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 ask them. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Lee County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access this information on the website, but remember that you can’t find the actual address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and any filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at the Lee County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the Lee County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lee County,the Lee County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Lee County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Lee County Jail is very scary, in time you will get used to the daily routine. All inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Lee 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 Lee 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 money to Lee County Jail inmates is always changing, so it would be best to double check the the Lee County Jail website before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lee County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If you have, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience so others will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Lee County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Click here to write your review of Lee County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Lee County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Post a message to someone at Lee County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Lee County Jail Link
    Lee County Jail Inmate Search
    Lee County Jail Mugshots
    Lee County Jail Bail Link

    Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule

    Lee County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Lee County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Lee County Jail
    Lee County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Lee County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Lee County Jail
    Lee County Jail Employment


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