The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office Field Operations Division is comprised of four shifts that cover thirty-two geographical civil process zones that cover all of Mecklenburg County. The Field Operations Division also has subsections that perform the service of specialized civil processes, that include our Civil Judgments Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, and our Field Transportation Unit.
Field Operations staff provide an additional law enforcement presence to residents of Mecklenburg County. Field Operations deputies provide a vital service to the public while working primarily as the enforcement arm of the courts.
Field Operations deputies do not answer 911 calls for service but conduct other responsibilities that are inherent to the Office of the Sheriff. Personnel assigned to Field Operations serve civil processes, domestic violence protective orders, conduct sex offender verifications, serve warrants, involuntary commitment orders and conduct traffic enforcement.
Sheriff’s Office vehicles are equipped with video cameras, radar, mobile computing terminals and thermal printers to assist deputies in performance of their duties. Field Operations are highly visible and are the public face of the organization.
Deputies assigned to the Civil Judgement Unit act as judgement collectors and seek to satisfy judgments by the seizure of monies through bank levies, wage garnishment, and levies of personal and real property.
The Civil Judgment Unit is supervised by Sergeant K.H. Drumm and Sergeant J.L. Warner:
Sgt. K.H. Drumm
980-314-5981 - office
704-432-1676 - fax
Sgt. J.L. Warner 980-314-5980 - office
704-432-1676 - fax
The service of civil process is a core function that falls inherently on the elected Sheriff and a primary function of many Sheriff’s Offices nationwide. MCSO Field Operations Division has thirty-two civil process zones spread throughout Mecklenburg County. Field Operations deputies work rotating twelve-hour shifts and serve a variety of civil processes. Field Operations personnel while working to serve civil processes also serve criminal warrants, orders for arrest, and enforce traffic laws.
Civil Processes in North Carolina are served and returned according to North Carolina General Statute. The service package should include a copy of the process for the deputy to send back with the return and a service copy of the process for each respondent. The service fee is as follows:
7A-311. UNIFORM CIVIL PROCESSES FEES
In a civil action or special proceeding, except for actions brought under Chapter 50B of the General Statutes, the following fees and commissions shall be assessed, collected, and remitted to the county.
For each item of civil process served, including summons, subpoenas, notices, motions, orders, writs and pleadings, the sum of thirty dollars ($30.00). When two or more items of civil process are served simultaneously on one party, only one thirty dollar ($30.00) fee shall be charged.
When an item of civil process is served on two or more persons or organizations, a separate service charge shall be made for each person or organization. The process fee shall be remitted to the county. This subsection shall not apply to service of summons to jurors.
For any out of state civil process submitted for service, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) will supply a MCSO affidavit of service in lieu of completing an out of state affidavit. All out of state process will be attempted/served pursuant to the rules of civil procedure as provided in The North Carolina General Statutes. Therefore, MCSO gathers, reports and completes civil process returns with the information required by North Carolina law and not by the laws of any other state. The cost for process issued outside of North Carolina is fifty dollars ($50.00) per respondent/defendant. The service package should include a service copy of the process for each respondent/defendant. Additionally, a copy of the process to be sent back with the MCSO affidavit and a self-addressed/stamped envelope is required.
The Payment must be in the form of a certified check or money order (an official law firm check is also acceptable) made payable to The Sheriff of Mecklenburg County. If delivering the process in person, cash is acceptable. Do not mail cash. The process can be mailed, or delivered in person to:
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office
700 E. 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 Attn: Civil Process
The link below will access the judicial forms search engine where civil process forms utilized by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts are available: http://www.nccourts.org/Forms/FormSearch.asp
Civil Process Questions can be answered by one of our Civil Process Staff Members:
|Lyanel||(980) 314-5901 - (Bilingual – Spanish)|
|Annabell||(980) 314-5904 - (Bilingual – Spanish)|
|Georgene||(980) 314-5905 – (Funeral Escorts)|
The Civil Process Office is supervised by Sgt. M. DeSantis (980) 314-5919.
The MCSO Domestic Violence Unit is another subsection of the MCSO Field Operations Division. Deputies assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit specialize in the service of Domestic Violence Protective Orders (DVPO), commonly referred to as a restraining order.
A DVPO is a court order, telling the defendant or the person whom the order is entered against, specifically what they cannot do. In North Carolina there are two kinds of DVPO’. The first is an ex-parte DVPO, meaning the order was issued without the defendant having an opportunity to be heard. This DVPO is issued by a judge without any formal hearing, and usually lasts from 7-10 days from the date of service.
The second kind of DVPO is a full one-year DVPO, entered after a hearing or with the consent of both the parties. Domestic Violence Protective Orders are considered high priority by MCSO and the deputies assigned to this unit work tirelessly to serve these protective orders.
Helpful Links for Victims of Domestic Violence:
Safe Alliance Charlotte:
North Carolina Crime Victim Compensation Programs:
North Carolina Attorney General Victim Services Program:
North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
Domestic Violence Resources for Students:
VINE Notification System:
Field Transportation staff travel all over the state picking up respondents from various mental health facilities. Transportation staff also pick up persons held in custody in other counties that may be wanted for pending charges in Mecklenburg County.