Mecklenburg County Jail-North – Charlotte, NC

Mecklenburg County Jail-North is in Mecklenburg County, NC and is the primary correctional facility for that county. Know somebody in jail at Mecklenburg County Jail-North? This page will tell you information about anything one might want to know about Mecklenburg County Jail-Northsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Mecklenburg County Jail-North? Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give information and advice that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Mecklenburg County Jail-North
5235 Spector Drive
Charlotte, NC 28269

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 704-336-8100
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

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

In order to search who is in jail at Mecklenburg County Jail-North you need to click on their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Mecklenburg County Jail-North Inmate List is a list of people who have been arrested, including current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get info on anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information quicker if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for is in another county jail you will want to check our guide to other North Carolina jails: North Carolina County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photo, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one full face and a side photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed on the website, or you can see them in person at the Mecklenburg County Jail-North. When viewing online you need to put in the legal name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Mecklenburg County Jail-North website? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are locked up, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that date you won’t be permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, inmates in the Mecklenburg County Jail-North are given time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you miss court, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Mecklenburg County Jail-North or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Mecklenburg County Jail-North site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it’s easy. First, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t get a bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will usually ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Mecklenburg County Jail-North

Have you ever used the services of Bail Bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some questions, such as your full legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did it take? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any tips that will help other people to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take between 15 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you post bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. Also, it can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate must determine how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring things that are allowed when you go, for example your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will go in a log of visitors for the inmate. All visitors will have to provide identification. Visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so it would be wise to double-check the official 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 made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are typically more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must 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 may be limited or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 704-336-8100

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You must write the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail gets opened and read and inspected by staff, and will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Mecklenburg County Jail-North:

Mecklenburg County Jail-North
5235 Spector Drive
Charlotte, NC 28269

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mecklenburg County Jail-North
5235 Spector Drive
Charlotte, NC 28269


The inmate mail policy at Mecklenburg County Jail-North changes, so you should visit the the Mecklenburg County Jail-North website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or relative find an attorney when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are members of the North Carolina State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions filed during your court case. You have the ability to access court records using the Mecklenburg County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records associated with your court case are maintained at the Mecklenburg County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your court case. They do a number of things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Be sure to remember you can ask to get your own copy of this report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you need to visit the Mecklenburg County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records online or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Mecklenburg County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be 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 or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the precise address, rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a court docket and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, 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 might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not learn if that person has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Mecklenburg County,the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    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 Mecklenburg County Jail-North is quite unpleasant, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast participate in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Mecklenburg County Jail-North, 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 Mecklenburg County Jail-North 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 jail inmates can change, so you should double check the official Mecklenburg County Jail-North site when you send any money.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mecklenburg County Jail-North

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mecklenburg County Jail-North, 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 Mecklenburg County Jail-North

    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 incarcerated in Mecklenburg County Jail-North? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If so, then you should write a review about it. Write down your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story About Mecklenburg County Jail-North

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to throw a shout out to someone you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Say wassup to Mecklenburg County Jail-North


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