Completely free updated 2013 information, suggestions, and tips about bail bonds in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.  IMPORTANT: If you need immediate help in the Charlotte area (or anywhere else in the country), click here for our free 5 simple steps bail out plan.

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In Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, arrestees are first taken to the Sheriff’s Office Arrest Processing Center where they are fingerprinted, mugshot taken and verified through the State Bureau of Investigation, SBI, by certified Deputy Sheriffs. If they are expected to post bail quickly they will usually be allowed to keep their own clothes. Otherwise, they will have to change into a jail jumpsuit or scrubs. Typically it takes 1-2 hours for bail to be set after this booking process at the Mecklenburg County Jail Central. After bail is posted, it usually takes 2-4 hours to be released at this facility.

TIP: Unlike many other parts of the the country, collateral is not always required by Charlotte bail bondsmen. We recommend that you email more than one bondsman and ask what their collateral requirements are and what workarounds they have to avoid it. Then pick the one who responds in an email (in writing) that will give you the best break.

Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Jails And Detention Centers

Jail-Central:
This is the most likely facility to house someone who has been recently arrested and are waiting for Mecklenburg County Bail Bonds. At this location is an Arrest Processing Center, and a Pre-Trial Detention Facility. Houses 1904 inmates. It is also called Charlotte Jail Central, MCJ-Central, and Mecklenburg County Jail Central.

This jail hosts arrestees from seven municipalities including the City of Charlotte and the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville in the north and the towns of Matthews, Mint Hill, and Pineville in the south and east of Charlotte. Additionally a small portion of the town of Stallings is also in Mecklenburg County, though most of it is in Union County, NC.

801 East Fourth Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone Number: (704) 336-8100
Public Visiting Hours
8:00 – 11:00 am
1 :00 – 4:00 pm
8 :00 – 11:00 pm

Jail-North:
5235 Spector Drive, Charlotte, NC 28269
Houses 614 mostly sentenced inmates
Public Visiting Hours
8:00 – 11:00 am
1:00 – 4:00 pm
8:00 – 10:00 pm

Jail-Annex:
5225-1 Spector Drive Charlotte, NC 28269
Public Visiting Hours
8:00 am – 11:00 am
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Charlotte Work Release Center
901 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204-2203
(704) 353-0700

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