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Jail System - How To Avoid Jail & Arrest?

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Jail System in Starfield. Check the penalty system, undercover quest and mission, escape prison time, bribe guards, contraband criminal activity penalty, cell locations and more!

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Jail System

Getting Arrested

Starfield Jail

When you commit a crime and are witnessed by a guard, they will confront you and demand that you pay a fine. If you refuse or cannot afford to pay the fine, they will attempt to arrest you.

Surrender Or Resist

You have the option to either surrender and go to jail or resist arrest. Resisting arrest may lead to a fight with the guards and additional bounty on your head. If you're subdued or yield during the battle, you'll be arrested anyway.

Jail Time

Each Faction has its own jail and after being arrested, you will be taken to the nearest jail in the area where the crime was committed. You don't actually have to wait to be released. You will lose some items and the game will tell you how long you've spent in jail.

Faction Bounties

Your criminal actions can affect your standing with various factions in the game. Committing crimes in a particular Faction may make it difficult to join or progress within certain factions. Conversely, some factions may help you escape legal trouble or clear your name.

Note!Please be aware that to join any faction, you must resolve any outstanding bounties associated with that faction.

How To Avoid Jail?

Pay Bounty Fees

On the other hand, you have the option to settle your bounty with any Faction to clear your criminal record without the need for jail time. This can be accomplished by using the Self-Service Bounty Clearance Kiosk Terminal.

Bounty - How To Pay & Clear Bounties

Bribe Guards

Your items are likely to get confiscated by the authorities, however you can bribe guards if you unlock the Negotiation Skill to keep your stolen goods and avoid going behind bars.

Hiding Contraband

Starfield Jail

You will get arrested when you are caught having Contraband Items on your inventory or ship when scanned by authorities. You will need to customize your ship to hide these Contrabands from scans if you have stolen goods with you.

Where to Sell Contraband - Smuggling Guide

Jail Locations

UC Security Office

Starfield Jail  UC Security Office
LocationJemison (Alpha Centauri System)
New Atlantis - Map & Shop Location

Neon Security HQ

Starfield Jail Neon Security HQ
LocationVolii Alpha (Volii System)
Neon - Map & Shop Location

UC Vigilance

Starfield Jail
LocationPhobos Orbit ( Sol System)
UC Vanguard Questline - Missions & Rewards

Jail Related Quests

You will also come across cells as part of some unique quests.

Deep Cover

Starfield Jail
How To Unlock Get Arrested
ObjectiveUndergo The Interrogation
Rewards250 EXP
13,300 Credits
Deep Cover - Crimson Fleet Walkthrough & Rewards


Starfield Jail
How To Unlock High Price To Pay
ObjectiveTalk To The Va'Ruun Prisoner
Rewards800 EXP
Unity - Main Constellation Mission Walkthrough

Loose Ends

Starfield Jail
How To Unlock Witness NPC getting caught at Neon
ObjectiveSpeak To Neshar In Jail
Rewards55 EXP
9,500 Credits
Loose Ends - Misc Mission Walthrough and Reward

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Tourists Go HomeTwo Tales Two Cities
UC Wants You!Unjustified
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