Court Information Get A Lawyer If you get arrested, you have rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or family member find an attorney when you talk to them. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.
For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, click: In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Georgia. Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court? Court Records Court records are a matter of public record.
They are comprised of a court case file with a docket and all of the documents and motions filed during your court case. All court records associated with your case are kept at Clerk of Court. Fees Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees.
If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees. Magistrate The Chatham County court magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your case in court.
Magistrates are judges that do different functions, such as setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings. Be sure to remember that you can request to see a copy of the report before your sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it. Sentencing When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime.
The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail short term or prison long term. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date to go to jail to serve out your sentence.
Public Records Inmate Inquiry Are you trying to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past? To do this, you need to access the Chatham County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by: Their approximate booking date. Warrant Inquiry If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants on the website or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name.
Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this information is freely available. Civil Inquiry Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like a court order. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime.
Court Records Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search. Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking. Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
Breaking and entering, theft, larceny. When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not find if someone has had any moving violations, like: Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended. Minor infractions or moving violations. To get driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record. Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse?
Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account might help other people. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6: After roll call you will have breakfast. 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. 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. If you have spent any time in Chatham County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it. 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.
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 rules for sending money to someone in jail is always changing, so be sure to visit the the Chatham County Jail website before send money 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: 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.
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.