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Law Enforcement Terms for the Law Abiding Citizen

For most citizens, almost everything they know about their local law enforcement officers comes from television. But even if you follow the letter of the law, knowing who's out there protecting the streets and what their specific responsibilities are is a good thing. What follows are a few terms that can help the average person sort out the shades of blue in the law enforcement community.

  • Jail - Differs from prison in one significant manner, not every inmate has necessarily been convicted of a crime. Some inmates who have been arrested and charged with a crime, but are unable to come up with bail, may await their trial in jail. Once a person is convicted of a serious crime, they are usually sent to a state or federal prison.
  • County Sheriff - Generally the top law enforcement official at the county level. Sheriffs are generally elected officials and may or may not have any previous criminal justice experience. In many sparsely populated areas the Sheriff's department serves as the local police force.
  • Criminal History Check - Because all adult arrests are a matter of public record, any citizen can access them. Most police and sheriff’s departments will, for a fee, print out a list of arrests and convictions for any individual.
  • Felony - Any crime that carries a minimum one year sentence is usually considered a felony. The consequences of a felony conviction are more severe than a misdemeanor.
  • Misdemeanor - Crimes that carry a minimum sentence of less than a year. That sentence is usually carried out in the county jail rather than a state or Federal prison.
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    Columbia County Sheriffs Office
    551 Greene St, Augusta, GA 30901
    (706) 541-0754
    Augusta-Richmond County Government Sheriff's Offic
    401 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
    (706) 821-1110
    Augusta-Richmond County Government Sheriff's Offic
    400 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
    (706) 821-1444
    Aiken County Government Sheriffs Department
    420 Hampton Ave, Aiken, SC 29801
    (803) 642-7555
    Aiken County Government Magistrates
    435 Wire Rd, Aiken, SC 29801
    (803) 642-2044
    Edgefield County Sheriff's Office
    215 Jeter St, Edgefield, SC 29824
    (803) 278-1625
    Sheriff's Office Dispatch
    200 Railroad St, Edgefield, SC 29824
    (803) 637-5337
    Edgefield County Government
    129 Courthouse Sq, Edgefield, SC 29824
    (803) 637-4081
    Columbia County Sheriffs Office
    2273 County Camp Rd, Appling, GA 30802
    (706) 541-3762
    Richmond County Sheriffs Department
    2098 Greenland Rd, Blythe, GA 30805
    (706) 592-5001
    Burke County
    225 Ga Highway 24 S, Waynesboro, GA 30830
    (706) 554-2133
    Lincoln County Government
    145 School St, Lincolnton, GA 30817
    (706) 359-7320
    McDuffie County
    116 Main St, Thomson, GA 30824
    (706) 595-1815
    Saluda County
    100 Law Enforcement Dr, Saluda, SC 29138
    (864) 445-2112
    Warren County
    169 Ga Highway 80 N, Warrenton, GA 30828
    (706) 465-3358

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