Dinwiddie County Jail – Dinwiddie, VA

Dinwiddie County Jail is in Dinwiddie County and is the jail for this area. Know somebody at Dinwiddie County Jail? This site will tell you info about everything you might want to know about Dinwiddie County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Dinwiddie County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and also any feedback or comments that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Dinwiddie County Jail
14230 Sycamore Drive Po Box 120
Dinwiddie, VA 23841

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (804) 469-4550
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and want to locate them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to see who is in jail at Dinwiddie County Jail you have to navigate to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Dinwiddie County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who have been arrested, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can find info on anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their arrest information quicker if you have their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be locked up at a different jail you can look here, too: Virginia Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photo, is the photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Dinwiddie County Jail inmates can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the Dinwiddie County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the prisoner’s legal name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Dinwiddie County Jail website? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, 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

Of course, if you’re in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you will have to promise to show up for court, and you are not allowed to go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate at Dinwiddie County Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will either have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might get to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to pay ten percent of the total set so you can be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Dinwiddie County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Dinwiddie County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is easy. First of all, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman might request to use your assets as collateral.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Dinwiddie County Jail

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a phone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged may take from 15 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, it can depend on whether you have a bond amount or if the magistrate has to determine how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items with you, for example a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to list each visitor’s name to the jail. This information will be entered in a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Dinwiddie County Jail frequently change, so make sure that you visit the jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: (804) 469-4550

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Do not mail a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Dinwiddie County Jail
14230 Sycamore Drive Po Box 120
Dinwiddie, VA 23841

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dinwiddie County Jail
14230 Sycamore Drive Po Box 120
Dinwiddie, VA 23841


The Dinwiddie County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so be sure to double check the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You might be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find an Attorney in Dinwiddie County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, admitted to the Virginia State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed during your court case. You have the ability to access court records using the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records from your case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case. They do a number of things, such as setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you should request to have a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be locked up immediately, or given a date that you must report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just access the Dinwiddie County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the Dinwiddie County jail website or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Dinwiddie County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these by going to the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on both a national and 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 these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you will not find the precise address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that contains a court docket and all filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at the Dinwiddie County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to the Dinwiddie County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you generally will not discover if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your story might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Dinwiddie County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Dinwiddie County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine. You will get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to 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 Dinwiddie 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 Dinwiddie 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 money to jail inmates could change, so it would be best to visit the site 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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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Dinwiddie County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dinwiddie 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 Dinwiddie 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 at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your jail experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Dinwiddie County Jail

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    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to talk to somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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