More often than not, your first response is to visit a loved one in jail following the knowledge of an arrest, to offer your support, check for their well-being, and encourage them to do what they can get them right with the law. However, visiting someone in jail is far more daunting than you might suppose, especially if you are new to the experience. It is important you keep in mind that it is an intimidating environment and following protocol is mandatory. With that in mind, we at Kajioka & Associates, Attorneys at Law, would like to take the opportunity relate some tips and suggestions on visiting your loved ones in jail and to help alleviate the butterflies in your stomach when you go.
Requirements to Visit Someone in Jail
1) Learn the rules and regulations. Every jail has its own specific rules, guidelines, and regulations that every visitor is required to comply with; being ignorant to them isn’t a valid excuse to not follow them and there will be consequences. If you expect to stay, whether or not you agree with the specified rules or not, you must follow them. There is no wiggle room as these rules as they are very serious. If you are unsure about the rules, check out the jail’s website or call the station to learn them.
2) Plan and coordinate jail visits. How many visitors each inmate is given a day is sometimes limited, or the jail has specific visiting hours. Ensure you don’t make the drive only to be turned away because the visitors have already reached the limit and coordinate with other friends and family members.
3) Call ahead to find out the specifics on the visitor process. Visitors, for some jails, have to call ahead and be out on the visitor list ahead of time. To increase the time you can visit and to reduce the hoops you have to jump through to visit your loved ones and to make the initial visit to the jail a bit easier, be sure to call ahead.
4) Bring a valid ID. Make sure you have a valid ID, generally, jails do not allow visitors inside without one.
5) DO NOT bring weapons. You would be surprised as to this obvious tip, but do not bring type of weapon with you or anything can be construed as a weapon. The guards will perform a search even the smallest pocket knife attached to the multi-tool will have you sent away. Just avoid bringing any personal items apart from the ID.
6) Avoid being late. Just because you arrive late does not allot you the time missed, do not show up late, drunk, or high for that matter.
7) Dress in modest attire. Most jails will not tolerate immodest clothing and if you show up wearing revealing or provocative clothing, you will be turned away.
8) Bail and attorney. Discuss with your loved one the details of your of your bail and especially your attorney. Getting these are important for your defense.
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