Can I post bail for someone in another state?

Yes! Laws and regulations vary from state to state, so it is not uncommon that bonding fees and processes will vary as well. Using a bail agent will make the entire process of working across state lines easier.

What celebrities have hired a bail agent?
  • In 2014, Justin Bieber was arrested for drag racing and driving under the influence of alcohol with an expired license. His bail was set at $2,500.
  • Lindsay Lohan has been to jail a number of times since 2007 for DUIs, reckless driving, theft, falsifying information, and assault. Her bail was set at $300,000 and she paid $75,000 with the help of a bail agent.
  • OJ Simpson has denied bail when he was arrested for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in 1994. When he was arrested again in 2007 for robbery and kidnapping, his bail was set at $250,000.
Do celebrities pay bail?

Hollywood stars are served bail​ just as a judge would assign ​it​ to any other defendant. While many stars have the ability to pay bail directly, they often choose to hire an ​agent​ for a ​bail bond.

Is it illegal to drive with snow on my car?

The Minnesota Statute 169.81 states that no vehicle shall be driven if it carries a load that is not secure, “as to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking, blowing, or otherwise escaping therefrom.” Ice or snow caught falling or blowing from a vehicle onto the street can furthermore be considered by Minnesota Statute 169.42 as littering, and guilty of a misdemeanor.

Can I shovel snow onto my street?

According to Minnesota Statute 160.2715, it is illegal to shovel or plow snow onto roads and streets, a tactic sometimes used to clear off sidewalks or driveways.

What are the consequences of driving a snowmobile while intoxicated?

A first-time violation is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a $1000 fine, and the loss of snowmobiling privileges for one year. Any additional aggravating factors, increases the time and punishment, including:

  • DWI history
  • Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) greater than 0.16
  • Presence of child under 16 on the snowmobile at the time of the offense
Can you get a DWI on a snowmobile?

Yes! Much like a DWI, reckless behavior while under the influence carries consequences including jail time and hefty fines.

How quickly can a defendant receive a bail bond?

Agents work to meet with clients as quickly as possible, certainly within a day, to get the bail process started.

What are the top three offenses you see issued for bail bonds?​

In general, the top three charges we see are DWIs, possession of a controlled substance, and domestic assault.

How will I know when my court appearances are set?

AAA will text you reminders for your court date to make sure you appear on time.

When does bail need to be assessed for a DWI/DUI? 
  • The DUI/DWI is a second-degree level DWI
  • He or she had a BAC of or greater than .16
  • The DWI offense is a third-degree and the driver is under 19 years of age
  • A child under the age of 16 was present in the vehicle with a prior DUI within 10 years
  • The DUI occurred while his or her license was canceled as IPS or as inimical to public safety
Is a DWI and a SWI the same thing?​

Other than one being a vehicle used solely on snow, yes. As in all cases, a variety of factors influence each individual case, but both are penalties incurred while operating a moving vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Can I refuse a sobriety test?

You are not required to take a sobriety test if you are pulled over for a suspected DWI. However, if you deny a sobriety test it is likely that you will be arrested and subsequently have to submit to an evidentiary alcohol test while in custody.

Am I subject to mandatory bail if I am charged with a first or second-degree DUI or DWI?

Yes, you and your criminal defense lawyer must decide on a combination of release conditions and bail amount.

Can I go to work while released on bail?

Working is a valuable and beneficial thing for yourself and your family. It is also often a condition of being released on bail. If you lose your job when you’re released from jail, you may have to prove you are seeking employment as a condition.

Can I drink alcohol while released on bail?

Avoiding alcohol is often a condition of being released on bail. When you go to a party or have friends over at home, it can be tempting to have a beer, but it’s always better to play it safe and stay within the conditions of your bail.

What should I bring when turning myself in on a warrant?

Bring an official photo ID or other documents for identification, as well as cash or cards if bail is necessary. Cell phones will be confiscated, so be sure to write down or memorize important numbers. Typically, reading glasses and medications are allowed, but check with the jail’s medical policies.

What should I wear when turning myself in on a warrant?

Dress in clean and comfortable clothes, avoiding belts and drawstrings if possible.

Is a bail premium refundable?

It’s important to remember that the bail premium is never refundable in any condition, as the premium is earned by the bail company for service rendered upon the release of the defendant.

I signed for someone’s bail bond, now I don’t think they’ll show up for court. Can I get off of the bond?

Once you sign for someone’s bond, you become fully responsible for the face amount of the bail bond while the bond remains active.

What happens once bail is set?

After the bail amount is determined, the defendant gets booked and bail gets posted on their behalf.

Who controls bail amounts?

In general, the law gives a judge the freedom to set bail.

How is identity theft defined in Minnesota?

A person who transfers, possesses, or uses an identity that is not the person’s own, with the intent to commit, aid, or abet any unlawful activity is guilty of identity theft.

What are the penalties for identity theft in Minnesota?

The penalties for identity theft in Minnesota range from a misdemeanor to a 20-year felony. The offense level correlates with the amount of loss incurred, the number of direct victims involved, or the related offense.

How is robbery defined under Minnesota law?

Intentionally takes personal property from a person or in the presence of another and uses or threatens the imminent use of force against any person

How is theft defined under Minnesota law?

Intentionally takes, uses, transfers, conceals or retains possession of property belonging to another, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property.

What defines domestic assault in MN?

In MN, Domestic Assault it is against the law to “intentionally inflict physical harm” or “cause fear of immediate physical harm or death” to another family or household member.

What does an assault charge mean?

A first-degree assault  is characterized by physically assaulting someone to the point of great bodily harm, putting a person at risk of death, causing disfigurement or loss of use. First-degree assault is a felony charge and carries up to 20 years in prison with $30,000 in fines. There is also the possibility of facing second, third, fourth and fifth degree assault charges.

Can I refuse a sobriety test?

You are not required to take a sobriety test if you are pulled over for a suspected DWI. However, if you deny a sobriety test it is likely that you will be arrested and subsequently have to submit to a evidentiary alcohol test while in custody.

How many people are charged with DWI’s in MN?

On average, more than 25,000 people are arrested for DWI in MN each year.


What is the difference between first and second degree murder?

First degree murder is a premeditated act, while second degree is a result of unplanned, but a result of an act of violence.


What is the difference between murder and manslaughter?

Each case is different, but in general, manslaughter charges indicate death without malice.


Will I get a lower bail if it is my first offense?

 It depends on the charges.

What can be used as collateral for bail bonds?

 Real estate, vehicles, jewelry, and precious metals are examples of the many items that may be used as collateral.


What is the general fee for bail bonds?

Bail bond companies typically charge 10% of the bail bond amount. 


In Minnesota, what body of government approves bail bond licensing?

Agencies obtain a license from the Minnesota Department of Commerce.


How are First Amendment rights evaluated today?

Supreme Courts at the state and federal level review freedom of expression cases. Typically, cases are reviewed at the highest level based on its content and how it relates to the government.

What does the First Amendment protect?

It guarantees the rights of free expression and action deemed fundamental to a democratic government, including freedom of assembly, freedom of press, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech.

How can I find out more about a loved one being held in jail?

Visit our online inmate search to learn more about finding defendants currently being held, sorted by county.


What is the easiest way to contact a AAA Bail Bond agent?

Reach out to AAA headquarters online or at 612-900-3400. View your local agent here.


How is social distancing maintained in courtroom settings?

Visitors and employees to the court system will notice new partitions and barriers, floor markings, and signage reminding people to maintain at least a six foot distance from others. 


What safety protocols are currently being observed in court facilities?

Face coverings and social distancing in court and common areas are required. Per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Minnesota Department of Health, Courts will notify individuals who were in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.


I’m not able to make my rent payment and utilities. Who can help me?

Consult your landlord and your utility companies. Most utility companies cannot legally turn off your utilities, but are able to set up a payment plan for those in need.


Can I be evicted during the current Covid-19 pandemic?

No, in March 2020 Governor Walz ordered an eviction moratorium throughout the state of MN.


When will my past citations incur additional charges?

In December 2020 unresolved citations will incur additional fees.


I haven’t paid an unresolved citation fine from last spring. How do I start to make payments?

You may send in a payment by mail, by phone, in person, or online. Visit https://www.mncourts.gov/fines to find your applicable contact information.


Can you be called to do jury duty more than once?

Yes, although you are only able to serve on a jury again four years after the completion of previous jury service.


What are current COVID-19 restrictions for serving jury duty?

New cleaning and social distancing protocols are in place, as well as mandatory face coverings for jurors. Read the complete list here.


Is there a waiting period to apply for expungement?

Most criminal records have a waiting period before the Court will grant an expungement. In most cases, this period starts when you are discharged from probation. You also must remain crime-free during the waiting period.


How do I apply to expunge my record?

You must apply to seal records in the county in which your arrest took place. Click on the applicable county to start the process: Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Washington County, All other counties.