This guide is meant to set you up for success and answer as many questions as possible throughout your tenure as a Sheriff’s Deputy. Refer to it as often as needed! 

Duties

At the Sheriff’s discretion, the following are possible duties you may or may not be expected to carry out:

  • Enforce the law in your jurisdiction, per the Sheriff’s discretion.
  • Arrest, Jail, and/or Fine lawbreakers.
  • Inform newcomers of any town-specific laws.
  • Assist the Sheriff with maintaining up-to-date criminal records.

Restrictions

Personnel:

  • The maximum number of Deputies per town is 1
  • Maximum number of people allowed in a Posse is 6
    • You cannot form a posse but you can join a posse formed by other lawmen.

Uniform:

  • Badge visible at all times while on duty.
  • Additional restrictions per Sheriff’s discretion.

Conduct:

As a Sheriff’s Deputy your job is to assist the Sheriff with enforcing the laws of the town. You may help by tracking down bounties or watching over the town while the Sheriff is not around. The Sheriff of your jurisdiction is responsible for your training and payment for being a Deputy. 

You can NOT alter or remove currently existing criminal records without Admin approval. 

“RP before bloodshed” is required at all times. In 90% of instances, you should not shoot unless fired upon first. Unless fired upon first, you should make verbal contact before firing. Shoot to kill. 

While On-Duty as a Deputy (I.E. Wearing your badge and/or Identifying as a Deputy to the bounty target), you cannot track down bounties that are not currently wanted in your jurisdiction.

Although this role is not whitelisted, this SOP can be considered “guidelines” as opposed to “rules” however your character is liable to face severe consequences for misconduct from your hiring Sheriff and potentially the Marshal department. Additionally, rule violations on this character such as server exploitation will result in more severe admin action.

Detainment, Arrests, and Fines:

Detaining an individual is to place them into your custody and restrict their ability to leave before interrogation. Before detaining or restraining, you must clearly identify yourself and whether the suspect is being detained or arrested should be made clear to them.

If interrogation or questioning is required, ensure you and the suspect are in a safe area before beginning any line of questioning or interrogation.

Once a positive identity is made and you are certain of the suspect’s guilt, make every effort to finalize sentencing, fine, and jail within a reasonable time frame. Avoid extended periods of inactivity and isolation in cells or holding areas. 

As a Deputy, you may only Jail or Fine someone charged with crimes in your jurisdiction. If you come across a crime(s) being committed outside of your jurisdiction you should report it to a Marshal or the local Sheriff’s Office.

Fines should be fair and reasonable to the crime(s) committed and should almost never be the max fine. Make sure when issuing fines that the person is able to pay them to avoid making them go negative.

Procedure:

  1. Detain a suspect and move them to a nearby safe location for questioning.
  2. If you have evidence of a crime, or get evidence after questioning, inform them they are under arrest.
  3. Take them back to your jurisdiction.
  4. Inform them you will take their weapons while serving time. (“Take Weapons” found in L > Law > Processing menu.)
  5. Remove cuffs after locking the jail cell and taking their weapons. You should not be in the jail cell with someone while they are uncuffed!
  6. Make sure to look up their criminal record at this stage for outstanding warrants and recurrent behavior.
  7. Inform them of their crime(s) and what their fine and jail time will be.
    1. Once this is done you can NOT change their crime(s), fine, or time!
  8. Fine the individual then jail the (via L > Law > Processing)
    1. NOTE: cannot fine more than the character has in their wallet and bank. On successful fine, a notification will display at the top of the screen.
  9. Add to the Criminal Records (See: Mug Shots)
  10. Make sure to return weapons to the individual after their sentence is complete unless they were used in the crime(s) committed.

Mug Shots: 

Any time a criminal is sentenced to jail time, a mug shot should be taken and added to their criminal record. 

  1. Clearly RP taking the mug shot. 
  2. Take a screenshot of the criminal. 
    1. Recommended app: ShareX (see Setup below) 
    2. Pic should be square, from the shoulders up, and clearly capture the criminal’s face. 
    3. Pic should be taken in a well lit space. If it’s nighttime, you’ll need to utilize additional lighting for best image quality.
  3. Upload the screenshot to imgr. Copy the image link. 
  4. Select the criminal record, then click “View Record.”
  5. Click the mugshot space, paste the image address. 

Setup:
We recommend using the ShareX app as it streamlines the
mugshot-to-criminal-record pipeline. 

  1. Download and install ShareX.
    1. https://getsharex.com/downloads/
    2. Select the most recent version.
    3. Download and run that version’s setup.exe 
  2. Set your “Capture region” hotkey. 
    1. Hotkey Settings is found in the left column.
    2. You’ll use “Capture region” to take mug shots. 
  3. Set ShareX to automatically share screen capture to Imgur. 
    1. Click “After capture tasks”. 
    2. From dropdown, click “Upload image to host” to select.
  4. Set ShareX to automatically Imgur address to your clipboard.
    1. Click “After upload tasks”.
    2. From dropdown, click “Copy URL to clipboard” to select.
  5. Set Image upload destination to Imgur.
    1. Click “Destinations”
      1. From dropdown, hover over “Image Uploader” then select “Imgur” from new dropdown.
  6. Setup complete! To use:
    1. Press the “Capture region” hotkey you just set to take your mugshot. 
    2. Open criminal record and press “CTRL + V” to paste the Imgur URL. Done!

Setup:
We recommend using the ShareX app as it streamlines the
mugshot-to-criminal-record pipeline. 

  1. Download and install ShareX.
    1. https://getsharex.com/downloads/
    2. Select the most recent version.
    3. Download and run that version’s setup.exe 
  2. Set your “Capture region” hotkey. 
    1. Hotkey Settings is found in the left column.
    2. You’ll use “Capture region” to take mug shots. 
  3. Set ShareX to automatically share screen capture to Imgur. 
    1. Click “After capture tasks”. 
    2. From dropdown, click “Upload image to host” to select.
  4. Set ShareX to automatically Imgur address to your clipboard.
    1. Click “After upload tasks”.
    2. From dropdown, click “Copy URL to clipboard” to select.
  5. Set Image upload destination to Imgur.
    1. Click “Destinations”
      1. From dropdown, hover over “Image Uploader” then select “Imgur” from new dropdown.
  6. Setup complete! To use:
    1. Press the “Capture region” hotkey you just set to take your mugshot. 
    2. Open criminal record and press “CTRL + V” to paste the Imgur URL. Done!

Sentencing

Always take into consideration time served (Time held in cell during processing or time while detained before being charged) during the sentencing process. All jail times being issued should be fair and reasonable for the crime(s) and severity of the crime(s) they are being charged with. Keep in mind that this is still RP and not real life. 

Jail time is going to be referred to as Days. Each day in jail is 1 minute. (I.e.Being sentenced to 10 days in jail is 10 minutes of jail time)

Make sure to update the criminal records while the individual serves their time or immediately after release.

Life Sentences

Life sentences must be unanimously agreed on by 3 separate lawmen (Sheriff, Marshal, or Deputy) OR 2 lawmen and 1 honorable and impartial citizen, and can be overturned by an Admin. Discussing the possibility of a life sentence must be done in front of the accused so they can participate.

If consensus is reached and it’s agreed a life sentence is appropriate, the convicted should then be given the option of:

  1. Life Sentence: Sentence to be served in prison. [This provides the option for the convicted to reach out to admin for a review of charges if they believe their sentence is unjust.]
  2. Death Sentence: Death by firing squad or hanging. This provides a dramatic end to the character’s story.

    IMPORTANT: Hanging RP is not allowed on the server. If a player wishes it to be server canon that they were sentenced to hang, so be it. However the act will not be permitted to be role-played out on the server.

Clearing bounties

  • Existing bounties should be rescinded only in cases of legal self-defense OR payment by money or labor exchange.
  • In cases where the presiding Lawman may be biased in their determination to rescind the bounty, an alternative Sheriff or Marshal should be contacted to make the decision.
  • When bounties are cleared, funds received should be either:
  • Used to pay the bounty hunter who turned in the bounty.
  • Used to pay active deputies.
  • Given to the victim(s) if any can be located.
  • Transferred to an Admin character through a bank deposit

Note: pocketing the funds is considered an exploit of server mechanics

Federal Laws

You are not expected to memorize this list. You should however have quick access to it whenever you are jailing/sentencing a convict.

[1 Day in IC = 1 minute OOC]

Misdemeanors

Fine: $10 – $100
Jail Time: 12 days or less

Disorderly Conduct – Willfully and unlawfully disturbs the peace of another person(s).​

Battery – Wanton and unlawful physical contact with another person which is unwelcome. Aggressor does not use a weapon or cause great bodily harm. 

Assault – Intention to commit battery with a weapon in a manner unlikely to cause great bodily harm. [If player bounty is <= $500 | Assault multiplied per $100]

Trespassing – Unknowingly arrives on private property and remains after a deed or claim is proven and told to leave.

Minor Felonies
Fine: $500 maximum
Jail Time: 24 days or less

Petty Theft – Knowingly and unlawfully takes money, property, and/or belongings valued $200 or less with intent to deprive owner indefinitely. 

Bribery – Offers a public servant or official money, services, favors, or gratuities with the intent of personal gain or benefit.

Aggravated Assault – Intention to commit battery with a weapon and/or in a manner likely to cause great bodily harm. 

Manslaughter – Takes the life of another person without malice or intent, in a fashion that a reasonable person would consider accidental and without carelessness. Not to be applied in cases of self defense where a person uses force to defend themselves, another person, or their property from substantial harm or death. ​

Mayhem – Causes injury to another person with malice or intent to cause harm/pain, so as to render them defenseless. [If player bounty > $500 | Mayhem multiplied per $500]

Fraud – Makes an agreement or presents themselves as someone else with the intent of personal gain or benefit, where a reasonable person would believe them to be a liar or cheater. 

Serious Felonies
Fine: $2000 maximum
Jail Time: 10 days to life

Greater Theft – Knowingly and unlawfully takes money, property, and/or belongings valued $200 or more with intent to deprive owner indefinitely.

Robbery – While committing Petty or Greater Theft, forcibly takes such items from another person through physical force or fear of force. 

Theft of Livestock – Unlawfully takes or kills livestock with intent to deprive owner of such stock longer than 15 months. 

Arson – Destroys or attempts to destroy any property, structure, or vegetation by means of fire with malice or intent to deprive owner. 

Murder in the Second Degree – Takes the life of another person without malice, intent, or forethought, in which circumstances a reasonable person would believe involved carelessness, or where they are overcome by the heat of passion.

Murder in the First Degree – Takes the life of another person with malice, intent, or forethought. 

Attempted Murder – Attempts to commit Murder in the First Degree but does not succeed in killing the targeted person. 

Harboring a Fugitive – Knowingly harbors or assists a fugitive from justice, or knowingly conspires in the commission of a major felony, or helps a fugitive escape lawful incarceration or imprisonment.