Family member arrested in Myrtle Beach SC?
You can find them if you know how to search online court records, jail records, and the SC public index…
You can search online court records in SC to find out:
- When a person was arrested;
- The amount of their bond;
- Where they are being held;
- Information on SCDC inmates;
- Information on federal BOP inmates;
- Where registered sex offenders live; and
- A person’s criminal history in SC.
You don’t have to pay an investigator or an online service to find any of the above information – it is information that is available for free from government agencies across the state…
How to Search Online Court Records in Myrtle Beach SC
If you think that someone you know may have been arrested in Myrtle Beach, SC, you can find out by searching the jail websites, searching the Horry County public index, or just calling the jail and asking.
Myrtle Beach City Jail Records
The City of Myrtle Beach may have the least user-friendly database I’ve seen. If you can figure out how to use it, though, you can find information on who is currently being held at the Myrtle Beach city jail and who has been recently arrested in the City of Myrtle Beach.
If you can’t find what you need on their online database, call the city jail directly at 843-918-1382 and ask them whether the person you are looking for is being held there and what their bond amount is…
J. Reuben Long Detention Center
Any person who is arrested outside of city limits will be automatically taken to the Horry County jail, J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Any person who was arrested in the City of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Conway, or another municipality in Horry County, but who doesn’t immediately bond out, will be transported to J. Reuben Long Detention Center and held there until they are able to bond out.
Booking and release information is available on the Horry County Sheriff’s website, including:
- Searchable information on who was arrested by date;
- Searches by a person’s name;
- What the person was charged with;
- What their bond amount is;
- How long they have been in jail or the date they were released;
- Their date of birth and age; and
- Which law enforcement agency made the arrest.
- Reuben Long’s online records are available for a year after the person’s case is over. After that, the records are deleted.
How to Find a Person Who is in Prison in SC
The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) also has a searchable database that allows you to find any SCDC inmate.
You can search by the inmate’s first name, last name, or their inmate number (SCDC ID). When you find them, you can download a detailed report that includes:
- Their description (sex, race, height, weight, hair and eye color);
- The offense(s) they were convicted of;
- The length of their sentence;
- The facility where they are being held;
- Their projected release date;
- When they may be eligible for parole;
- Whether they have attempted to escape; and
- Their disciplinary history in prison.
When a person is first sentenced to prison following a guilty plea or conviction at trial, they are usually sent to “reception and evaluation” in Columbia, SC, for a short period of time before they are assigned to a prison facility.
During this time period, SCDC will not release information on which facility the inmate will be sent to – you will have to wait until they get there and then SCDC will release the information.
How to Find a Federal Inmate
The federal Bureau of Prisons also has a searchable database that you can use to locate any federal inmate, including information on their offense, sentence, and where they are being housed.
How to Search Online Court Records in SC
Not finding what you need?
On SC’s public index, you can find information on every court case in the State of South Carolina if you know what county the case is in.
The public index is searchable by name and includes information on when a person was arrested, events that have happened in their case like bond hearings, what they were charged with, and whether they have been convicted of the offense.
It is searchable by name, date, type of event, or the court that heard their case.
The public index is not just for information on criminal cases, though. It is also a searchable index of all civil cases in each county, including personal injury lawsuits, evictions, foreclosures, and any other type of case in SC courts…
How to Find Out if There are Registered Sex Offenders in Your Neighborhood
Moving into a new neighborhood and want to know where the convicted sex offenders live?
First of all, please remember that not everyone on the sex offender registry is a sexual predator looking to hurt your children…
There are many people who are on the registry who probably should not be – the State of SC casts a wide net when it comes to sex offenders… You can see what they were convicted of and how long ago it happened, as well as their address, photograph, and identifying information.
How to Do a Background Check on Someone in SC
Hiring a new employee? Going on a first date and want to be cautious?
You don’t need to hire a private investigator to do a background check – you can go to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s website (SLED) and download a criminal history for any person who has criminal convictions in the state of SC.
To use the “SLED Catch,” you will need to have the person’s name and date of birth or social security number. It costs $25 that you pay through the website, and you will get a “certified” result that you can print or save to your computer.
Freedom of Information
Why do SC’s government agencies make this information available online?
It’s because they are required to provide the information when any citizen requests it. The above websites allow citizens to find the most commonly requested information without any effort or resources expended by government employees – it simplifies the process and makes it hassle-free for everyone, which is how it should be…
SC Criminal Defense and FOIA Lawyers in Myrtle Beach
If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime in SC, or if you need help getting public information from a government agency, contact the Myrtle Beach criminal defense attorneys at Coastal Law for a free case evaluation by calling now at (843) 488-5000 or by sending us a message through our website.