criminal-courtWhen you hear a loved one has been arrested, the first thing you need to do is find them. That step allows you to pay bail, understand the charges, and find an attorney to help them.

Fortunately, Las Vegas and the state of Nevada offers online search tools and hotlines so you can complete this task. Here is what you need to know about the Las Vegas Detention Center and finding inmates.

About the Detention Center

Individuals arrested for misdemeanors within city limits are taken to the Las Vegas Detention Center. It is located at 3300 Stewart Avenue and may also be referred to as the City of Las Vegas Detention Center or Las Vegas City Jail.

If an individual is arrested for an alleged felony or gross misdemeanor, authorities take them to the Clark County Detention Center. Fortunately, there is an inmate search tool available for that facility if you do not have any luck with the Las Vegas one.

Common offenses for those taken to the city detention center include DUI, marijuana possession, illegal drug use, and shoplifting. Searching the Las Vegas Detention Center first is a prudent course of action if it is most likely your loved one committed one of these offenses or other stranger ones that are unique to Las Vegas. Most of the time, you will hear at least some detail on why your loved one was arrested and you can use that information to figure out where to search for them.

Be aware that if the inmate is on an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), custody may extend by 48 hours to allow the agency to look into immigration status. If it is determined the inmate may be in the U.S. illegally, they are transferred to Las Vegas Immigration Jail. That facility is much less accessible and you may need to hire an immigration lawyer to help you manage the matter.

Finding Inmates

The Las Vegas Detention Center has an easy-to-use search page.  You can search by last names, first names, and inmate IDs. You only need to know one of these elements to pull off a successful search list.

When you enter your search, the web page presents a list of possible inmates and shows their ID, age, race, gender, and booking date. This will help you determine that it is your loved one for sure and not just someone with the same or similar name. Click on the name and it will show a list of charges and the amount of bail if the inmate is eligible for it.

If you lack Internet access at the time of your search, you may call the jail at (702) 229-6444 to inquire about inmates. Also, if you are unsuccessful finding an inmate but know someone close to you was arrested, also try the Clark County Detention Center and Nevada Department of Corrections search pages. You can also check the City of North Las Vegas Detention Center and the Henderson Detention Center as the individual you are trying to find may have actually faced arrest in those communities rather than Las Vegas proper.

What to Do Once You Find Them

If the inmate is eligible for bail, start by paying it and securing the inmate’s release. The center accepts bail payments 24 hours a day all days of the week either online or at the bail window. You can visit the bail window at the Stewart Avenue address listed above. The center accepts MasterCard, VISA, Discover, and cash for payments.

If you are unable to pay the whole amount, a bail bond company may be able to help you. There are many options available if you perform an Internet search or if there is a defense attorney involved in this case, ask them for recommendations.

Sometimes the number and nature of offenses leave inmates ineligible for bail.  Visiting hours are available online if you need to meet with the inmate. Make sure you observe the rules for visitors as you can be denied entry. Improper clothing, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and facing outstanding warrants are a few reasons people may be denied access to inmates.

There are limited hours for legal visits if you hire an attorney for the inmate. They are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Keep these hours in mind if you need to arrange a legal consultation before a court proceeding.

You can also set up inmate accounts and prepaid calling cards. The calling cards prevent prisoners from making expensive collect calls which work to your advantage if you know they will call you the most often. These accounts accept payments through MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and cash. There is a deposit kiosk available, and all funds post to accounts immediately.

Even if the inmate cannot be bailed out, there may be options for early release or even getting the charges dismissed. Contact Gabriel L. Grasso today to arrange for a criminal defense consultation.