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Turning Yourself in After an Arrest Warrant

Arrest warrants are often issued by judges in new cases for probation issues or failing to comply with court orders. While you are typically notified of an arrest warrant via telephone or mail, [...]

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Jail Release Options Part III: Commercial Bail (Bail Bond)

A commercial bail bond, or surety bond, is a vehicle used by the court to assure that a defendant will show up for scheduled court appearances.  It is and has been for more than 100 years, the [...]

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How Getting Arrested May Impact Your Career

While you are “innocent until proven guilty” your boss may not be so supportive when coordinating your work schedule from behind bars. Laws in place protect discriminatory hiring and firing [...]

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How Forfeiting Bail Impacts the Process

Sometimes defendants fail to appear in court or violate a condition of their bail, and the court orders the bail bond to be forfeited. In these cases, an arrest warrant would be issued, and the [...]

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Jail Release Options Part II: Cash Bail

A few counties in Minnesota have begun to offer a “cash bail” option, in addition to a “bail bond”, as a condition for defendants to get out of jail.  This cash bail option is typically 10% of [...]

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Jail Release Options Part 1

Over the next few weeks, pretrial release options will be reviewed. When a person is in jail, the court reviews each case and determines any conditions of release. Suppose the charge is not [...]

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History of Bail Bonds

The system of receiving money or property in exchange for temporary release from jail dates back to the 13th century in England. Bond practices came about to balance the access among the rich, [...]

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What is the Difference Between County or City Jails and Prisons?

Depending on the location of an arrest, a defendant may spend time in a county or city jail. Inmates are held at a city or county jail while being charged, but typically not yet sentenced. While [...]

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What to Know About BWI This Summer

In a land of more than 10,000 lakes, you may likely find yourself on the water this summer. But keep in mind, that Minnesota law prohibits operating a motorboat while intoxicated or high on [...]

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Tips to Avoid Burglary This Summer

Summer sunshine often brings an increase in theft and burglary in the United States. Did you know that on average, a burglary takes place every 15 seconds in the U.S.? The majority of burglaries [...]