Surry County Detention Center Inmate Bail & Bonds

Surry County Detention Center

Address:
218 North Main Street
Dobson, NC 27017

Phone:

336-401-8975

Surry County Announces a Major Bail Bond Change - January 4, 2023

Effective in 2023 all North Carolina and Surry County judges will conider the following factors when setting an offender's bond:

  • The nature and circumstances of the offense
  • The defendant's record of previous convictions
  • The defendant's past record of appearance in court after being admitted to bail
  • The defendant's family ties
  • The defendant's employment record
  • The defendant's financial resources
  • The defendant's character and mental condition
  • The defendant's community ties

Find out an inmate's bond by looking them up on the Surry County Detention Center Inmate Roster, or by calling 336-401-8975.

Who do I call to find out the Bond for an Inmate?

Please call the jail at 336-401-8975 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Surry County Detention Center.
A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule.
The purpose of the bond is to assure the offender's appearance in court.

Instructions on how to post Bail or Bond in Surry County

Because Surry County and North Carolina can change their bail bond procedures, it is always best to call either the jail or the court directly after an arrestee has been booked. Go directly to the Surry County Jail and Court pages here to find the phone number you need for this information.

Ask the jail or court representative these specific questions:

  1. Is the defendant eligible for bail or a bond?
  2. How much will the bail or bond be?
  3. Where do I go to pay it?
  4. Are there any days or times of the day or night when I cannot post bail?
  5. What types of payment are allowed? Cash? Money order? Credit card? What types of credit cards? Property or other collateral? Surety bonds?
  6. Do I have to use a bail or bond agent?

If you feel the bail is too high and you wish to get it reduced, contact a lawyer or the defendant's public defender and get them to look into what they can do to get a bail reduction.

Option 1 - How to Post Bail using Cash for a Defendant at Surry County Detention Center

The first option, a cash bond, is to pay the full bail amount in cash, cashier's check, or money order. Personal Checks are not accepted.

Depending on the crime, this amount could be anywhere from $100 to $75,000 or more.

To pay a cash bond, go to Surry County Detention Center or to the court where the bail hearing occurred. Going directly to the jail will quicken the release of the defendant as any bail paperwork processed at the court will have to be transferred to the jail.

Cashier's Checks and Money Orders may be made out to Surry County Detention Center where the defendant is being held, but usually to the Surry County Sheriff's Office or to the Surry County Court.

To purchase money orders visit any Western Union, Moneygram or Post Office.

Option 2 - How to Post a Private or Surety Bond for a Defendant at Surry County Detention Center

In the event that someone does not have the full bond amount available to him or her, there is what is called a private bond or surety bond.

This is an agreement made with a bail agent or bondsman who will post the full bail amount. In return, the defendant and/or cosigner will pay a premium to the bail agent. This premium will be 10-15% of the full bail amount.

For example, if bail is posted at $5,000, then the premium will cost approximately $500-$750.

A bail agent will often require some form of collateral, for example, a lien on a house, a car or jewelry. This is to ensure that if the defendant skips bail, or does not appear in court, the bail agent has some sort of compensation for the full bail amount being paid.

Remember, by making an agreement with a bail agent the signatory takes responsibility for paying the full bail amount if the defendant does not appear in court.

Option 3 - How to Post a Property Bond for a Defendant at Surry County Detention Center

If you are a landowner in Surry County you may be able to post a property bond. Property within Surry County may be used as collateral to bail someone out. All owners of the property must be present to sign the bond in order for this to happen.

To find if property located outside of Surry County can be used as collateral, call a local bail or bond agent or contact a defense lawyer.

Click here for additional information on how to post bail at Surry County Detention Center.

Who can post Bail or Bond for a Defendant at Surry County Detention Center?

Anyone over the age of 18 who can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can post bail. Accepted forms of ID include a Photo Driver's License, Passport, or Motor Vehicle issued ID.

In many circumstances, if the defendant has the resources, they can post their own cash bail from jail.

Surety Bonds are arranged by a third party, typically a North Carolina state licensed Bail Bond firm.

Juveniles may only be bailed or bonded out of custody by a parent or legal guardian.

When will the Cash Bail or Collateral be returned to me?

Money or collateral will not be returned until the defendant's court case is finished, so realistically it could take several months to years, depending on the severity of the charges. If a defendant posts his or her own bail, Surry County Court may retain whatever amount of fines or fees have accumulated throughout the trial.

What happens to my Bail or Collateral if the Defendant misses Court?

The Judge may order a failure to appear warrant for the person's arrest or the Judge may order a Bail Commissioner's Letter be issued that will be sent to the person with a new court date.

If cash bail was paid, the entire amount may be forfeited.

How to visit an inmate in Surry County North Carolina using Video Visitation or visiting an inmate at the jail

To visit an inmate in Surry County follow these steps:

  • In addition to visiting inmates at the jail, Surry County Detention Center uses a video visitation service called iWebVisit.com.
  • In order to visit with your inmate online or at the Surry County Jail Video Kiosk, you must first register with iWebVisit.
  • Registering is free.
  • Next, select “Choose A Facility” and then select Surry County Detention Center. This will become your “Default” facility each time you log in.
  • Next, Click “Schedule a Visit” and enter your inmate's name and inmate number.
  • Select either “Visit Now” or “Schedule Visit Later” and choose an available date and time.
  • After your visit payment is processed, you may begin visiting your inmate in Surry County at your scheduled time. 

Who do you contact if you are having any problems arranging the remote video visit of an inmate in Surry County?
Call iWebVisit support at 775-434-8748. They are available 7 Days a week (5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. EST)

For full instructions on all the benefits of using IC Solutions to visit a Surry County inmate, visiting an inmate at the jail itself, rates, policies, rules, dress codes, bringing children, attorney and clergy visits and more, go to our official Visit Inmate Page. 


 

Tablets Rentals Offer Great Solutions for Inmates at the Surry County Detention Center

How can you rent a tablet for an inmate in Surry County? Read the following:


Tablets can be used by inmates, for the following things:

  • Phone Calls
  • Messages (email / texts)
  • Educational applications and Entertainment
  • Legal Research
  • and much more!

Contact Paytel online, or call the Surry County Detention Center directly at 336-401-8975 to rent a tablet for your inmate.

To find out everything you need to know about renting a tablet, what it can be used for, how much it costs, and more, check out our Tablet Page for Surry County Detention Center.


 

How to Send a Secure Email Message to an Inmate in Surry County

To send a secure email message to an inmate in Surry County Detention Center follow these steps:

How inteleMESSAGE Works

  • The Surry County Detention Center inmate must contact you first in order to activate messaging for your account.
  • Once an inmate has messaged you, you are then able to visit the Pay Tel website, log in, read and respond to his or her messages. 
  • When you log in and follow the inteleMESSAGE™ link, you will be asked if you want to accept messages from your Surry County inmate. If you accept, you will then be able to read any inmate message that has been sent to you.

For all information on rates, and how to Text/Email an Inmate in Surry County Detention Center check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Surry County.


 

How Do Inmates in Surry County Detention Center Make Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Surry County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:

For all the information regarding phone calls with Surry County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, costs, limits, tablet rental and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.


 

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Surry County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Surry County Detention Center follow these steps:

  • Go to JailATM, choose North Carolina, then choose Surry County Detention Center
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate, and then you will be prompted to Register with them to open an account.
  • Select the products you want shipped to them at Surry County Detention Center, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Surry County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages or sending money to an inmate in Surry County Detention Center check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Surry County.


 

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Surry County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Surry County Detention Center follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Surry County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose North Carolina, then choose Surry County Detention Center
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Surry County Detention Center, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Surry County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914.

For all information, tips and procedures for sending money to an inmate in Surry County Detention Center, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Surry County.