Starfield: How to Avoid Jail

Adib Pritom
By Adib Pritom
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Starfield: How to Avoid Jail

You can get punished for committing any crime and getting caught. Learn how you can avoid jail in Starfield.

Bethesda Game’s new RPG, Starfield offers the players a lot of things they can experience in the game. From some nail-biting space fights against the enemies to smuggle illegal items. Yes, you can steal ships and smuggle several items, as long as you don’t get caught.

Just like Bethesda’s other popular title, Skyrim, if you get caught after committing any crime in Starfield, you will have to go to jail. These crimes can be anything from stealing or looting to killing someone. So, to keep yourself safe in the cosmos, you should know how to avoid jail. This guide will provide you with all the tips and everything else you need to know about the game’s jail system. So, let us dive into it.

Can You Go to Jail in Starfield

enforcer arrest in starfield
Credit: Bethesda Games

Yes, you can go to jail in Starfield. There are a few known crimes for which you can get arrested in Starfield. The crimes are:

  • Killing harmless characters
  • Looting
  • Hacking
  • Contraband
  • Trespassing

If you get caught doing any of these crimes, you will be taken to jail by the authorities. So, the easiest way to avoid jail in Starfield is by not committing these crimes. Though it’s understandable you might need to do some of these sometimes, just don’t get caught. Going to jail will result in you losing any item or material you got through the crime and also some of your XP.

If you are caught doing any crime, the enforcers will come to arrest you. You have three choices once they have come to you: Pay a fine, Cooperate with them and get arrested, or Resist and fight with them.

How to Avoid Jail in Starfield

buying shielded cargo
Credit: Bethesda Games

Use Shielded Cargo Hold

If you have stolen or received any Contraband for your ship, there’s a huge possibility you will get caught if it gets identified during a scan. Contrabands are illegal items and will generally be marked yellow in your inventory. To hide these Contrabands from the enforcers, you should have a Shielded Cargo Hold in your ship. You can buy a ship installed with a Shielded Cargo Hold from Red Mile in Porrima III or install the part in your ship separately from Lon. Completing the Mantis side quest will also reward you with the item.

You can also install the Scan Jammer on your ship. These items will considerably reduce the risk of you getting caught in the scan, but there’s no guarantee of safety.

Persuasion Traits

The persuasion trait can be helpful during many instances in the game. It can also help you to negotiate and persuade the enforcers to accept your bribe or at least lower the fine.

Adib Pritom is a Guide writer at GameRiv. Adib isn't just a writer but a gamer at heart. You can find him battling it out in his favourite FPS games when he is not busy creating his latest guide.