Magistrate's Office

Normal office hours for the Magistrate’s Office at the Detention Center is from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.  Bond hearings and guilty pleas occur at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., most days.  Contact the Magistrate’s Office for court times on holidays.  The scheduled times may vary according to the availability of the Magistrate on duty.  Contact the Magistrate’s Office at (843) 915-5145 to confirm that a Magistrate is available prior to coming.

Large CourtroomCashier Window


General Information:

  • Cash and/or surety bonds are posted in the Magistrate’s Office.  They accept cash, money orders and major credit cards, but they cannot accept personal checks.  Please note:  Persons paying a bond with cash must have exact amount of cash.  The Magistrate's Office does not give change for cash.  Credit card payments have a 1.8% courtesy fee added and a South Carolina portal fee added in the amount of $1.00.
  • The Public Defender’s Office interviews inmates at the Detention Center to determine whether they qualify for a Public Defender.  Their office number is (843) 915-5385.
  • Magistrate court judges can only take guilty pleas for crimes that do not exceed a 30 day sentence.
  • Magistrate court judges cannot set bonds on individuals charged with murder, accessory before the fact of murder, and criminal sexual conduct with a minor.  The Solicitor's Office schedules those hearings and the bond is set by a Circuit Court Judge in General Sessions Court. 
  • Victim Services must schedule all bond hearings, guilty pleas, and other proceedings for defendants at the Detention Center when there is a victim of a crime involved in the case.  South Carolina law requires that all victims must be notified of all scheduled hearings for a defendant and be given the opportunity to attend those hearings.

Cash and Dash

Cash and Dash are bondable pay offenses that do not require the offender to go before a magistrate and have bond set.  The bondable amount paid is actually the fine amount, but the offender still must appear in court on the court date that is on the ticket for a disposition of the case.  Therefore, when a person pays bond/fine and gets out of jail for a cash and dash offense, they must go to court on their court date.   Note: The bond amounts listed below are subject to change without prior notice.

Bondable Pay Offenses for J. Reuben Long Detention Center
:

 

Offense

Fine/Bond

Offense

Fine/Bond

ABC Violation

 $       262.50

Leaving the Scene Prop Dam

 $       232.50

Altered Driver's License

 $       232.50

Lights Altered/Performance

 $       155.00

Altered Vehicle License

 $       237.50

Littering 1st offense less than 15 lbs

 $       470.00

Breach of Peace

 $       257.50

Littering 1st off greater than 15 lbs

 $    1,092.50

Child Restraint

 $       155.00

Minor in Poss of Alcohol

 $       262.50

Crossing Median

 $       155.00

Minor in Poss of Beer

 $       262.50

Defective Brakes/Tires

 $       155.00

No Valid Drivers License 1st Offense

 $       237.50

Disobedience to Police Officer

 $       175.00

No Valid Drivers License 2nd Offense

 $    1,035.00

Disorderly Conduct

 $       262.00

No Drivers Lincense in Possession

 $       155.00

Disregarding Traffic Signal

 $       257.50

No Headlights

 $         65.00

Disregarding Stop Sign

 $       257.50

No Motorcycle Endorsement

 $       237.50

Driving Left of Center

 $       155.00

No Registration in Possession

 $       155.00

DUS 1st Offense

 $       652.50

No Proof of Ownership

 $       155.00

DUS 2nd Offense

 $    1,275.00

No Proof of Insurance

 $       155.00

DUS 3rd Offense

 $    2,105.00

No Tag Light

 $         65.00

Expired Driver's License

 $         55.00

No Vehicle License

 $       155.00

Expired Tag

 $       155.00

Noise Ordinance

 $         55.00

Fail to Change Address on DL

 $       100.00

Open Container

 $       262.50

Failure to Dim Lights

 $       155.00

Uninsured Vehicle 1st Offense

 $       355.00

Failure to Change Ownership

 $       155.00

Uninsured Vehicle 2nd Offense

 $       445.00

Failure to Surrender DL

 $       237.50

Passing Stopped School Bus

 $    1,062.50

Failure to Surrender Tag

 $       245.00

Possession of more than one DL

 $       150.00

Failure to Surrender Tag 2nd

 $       440.00

Possession/Use of Blue Lights

 $       155.00

Failure to Yield Righ of Way

 $       155.00

Projecting Load

 $       155.00

False Info to Police

 $       250.00

Public Intoxication

 $       257.50

Following to Closely

 $       155.00

Reckless Driving

 $       445.00

Fraudulent Application for DL

 $       237.50

Shoplifting 1st off less than  $1,000

 $    1,092.50

Handicap Parking Violation

 $    1,035.00

School Bus Passing Another

 $       155.00

Headlights Required w/Wipers

 $         70.00

Seat Belt Violation

 $         25.00

Helmet Violation

 $       155.00

Simple Poss Marijuana

 $       620.00

Illegal Sunscreen

 $       200.00

Speeding 10 MPH or Less

 $         81.50

Imporper Display of Tag

 $       150.00

Speeding 11-15 MPH

 $       133.00

Improper Lane Change

 $       155.00

Speeding 16-24 MPH

 $       185.00

Improper Headlights/Taillights

 $       155.00

Speeding 25 MPH or More

 $       355.00

Improper Passing

 $       155.00

Spilling Loads

 $       237.50

Improper/Failure Signal

 $       155.00

Too Fast for Conditions

 $       155.00

Improper Start of Vehicle

 $       155.00

Unsafe/Faulty Equipment/Vehicle

 $       155.00

Improper Stopping, Standing

 $       155.00

Violation of DL Restrictions

 $       155.00

Backing or Parking

 $       155.00

Improper Turn

 $       155.00