FAQ’s

What is the largest bail ever set?​

​In 2009 Galleon Group​ founder ​Raj Rajaratnam​ was released on $100 million bail on criminal charges in an alleged $20 million insider-trading scheme.

Can celebrities use a bail bondsman?​

Yes, often celebrities utilize a bond agent to make it more affordable and be held accountable.

Do celebrities have to pay bail?​

Yes. Judges base bail amounts on the history of the defendant and type of crime, not celebrity status.

What if I have to miss a court date due to illness?

Always coordinate and communicate any changes with your attorney and bail bondsman.

How long are court appearances set after bail is posted?

Depending on the type of charges and potential evidence needed, as well coordinating the court schedule details, court dates can range from just a few weeks to a few months.

Can I change my phone number or move while out on bail?

As long as any personal information changes are communicated and approved by the bail bondsman, your attorney and the court. Depending on the types of charges or the level of flight risk, each case is managed differently.

Where can I find more information on resources for families welcoming someone home after incarceration?

A simple google search can find local and state resources. Prisons, parole officers, and government agencies can also provide contact information.

Can you get a job after prison?

Yes, but you may be limited. Depending on the charge and type of crime, some industries restrict felons and offenders.

What happens to bank accounts when someone goes to prison?

Typically, nothing. Solo accounts are frozen for the duration of incarceration.

What happens to someone caught impersonating a police officer?

Depending on the situation and background, defendants charged with impersonating an officer could obtain a misdemeanor or felony and all associated fines and/or jail time.

Can unmarked State Patrol cars pull over speeders?

Yes. While most State Patrol cars are designated as such, the MN State Patrol has 15 unmarked cars with the ability to pull over vehicles violating the law.

What kind of identification does a police officer carry?

Officers of the law should carry a badge with a unique ID number on it, as well as their name. Some municipalities issue government ID cards as well, listing a photo and full name.

How long do driving violations stay on your record?

In MN, speeding tickets usually disappear after five years. However, serious speeding tickets stay on for 10 years.

What is the average cost for a speeding ticket?

Typically, a $145 ticket is issued for going 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. That does not take into account an increase in insurance or additional fees. Charges could be increased depending on the drivers history.

What are the top five traffic violations?

Speeding, running a red light, improper or unsafe lane changes, reckless driving, and tailgating

What is the definition of child neglect?

Neglect is the failure of a parent to provide for the child’s physical, emotional, medical and educational well being.

At what age is a child considered a minor?

Law enforcement agencies’ definition of the term “minor” is not always “under 18.” Definitions for this term range from “16 and under” to “10 and under.”

Will I lose custody of my child if I’m in jail?

In general, you can’t lose custody just for being incarcerated. However, if you don’t communicate with your child for six consecutive months your parental rights may be terminated on grounds of abandonment.

If I turn myself in and go to jail, what can I bring with me?

It’s best to leave most things at home and come with clean, comfortable clothes and slip on shoes. Photo identification is required. You may bring glasses, medication and a list of important phone numbers, but all other jewelry, contraband, and technology will be confiscated.

What other benefits does hiring an attorney before turning yourself in offer?

Often by retaining an attorney, you can negotiate a surrender, where you can be booked, processed, arraigned and released on bail, all in the same day. Sometimes, depending on the severity of the warrant, an attorney may be able to get the warrant dismissed without ever even showing up to court. Overall, it can help with the entire legal process.

If I don’t turn myself in, when can I expect to be arrested?

At any time, with no warning.

How do I find a bail bond company out of state?

A simple internet search should provide results to call bonding companies in the area, or ask for a referral.

Does it take longer to bail someone out from another state?

It may, depending on the situation and timing. Working with a local bail bondsman will help set reasonable expectations.

What information do you need to bail someone out in another state?

A good place to start is the personal information of the individual in jail, their charges and bail amount, as well as the name of the county and institution in which they are being held.

Does a bail bond company require anything else from its clients prior to court hearings?

Potentially, a bail bond company is liable for a large sum of money, should the defendant decide to skip court appointments. Often bail bond companies require defendants to check in on a regular basis, or agree to be monitored as terms of the loan.

What happens if a defendant does not show up for their court appearances?

Often a warrant is issued for their arrest. If a bond company was used to secure their release, the bond company will work to locate the client and return them to jail.

How much is the fee when working with a bail bond company?

Typically the fee when working with a bail bond company is 10% of the bail amount.

What happens to me if I assist a defendant in skipping court dates?

Harboring a fugitive is against the law. If you are aware of someone who has jumped bail, you should alert local law enforcement.

How many fugitives are found by bounty hunters in the United States?

Recent statistics show about 30,000 bail jumpers are apprehended by bounty hunters every year– about 90% of total fugitives who flee.

What are the requirements to become a bounty hunter?

While the government does not regulate bounty hunters, typically applicants must be at least 18 years of age, never convicted of a felony, able to provide character references, and registered with local law officials.

Who receives bond money if a suspect misses a court date

If a suspect chooses not to adhere to the bail agreement and skips court appearances, the bond amount is forfeited to the court, leaving the bail agency responsible for the bond amount.

What do “Failure to Appear” charges mean

If a suspect does not appear for scheduled court appearances, and is not located via a bench warrant, “Failure to Appear” charges could be added against them. Additional charges usually match the severity of the original offense.

What is a bench warrant

When a defendant misses a court date, a judge may issue a bench warrant, directing law enforcement agents to take the suspect into custody to address the failure to appear in court charges.

What is a flight risk?

If a suspect has poor previous conduct in the court system, no family ties in the community, little employment history, strained financial resources, and/or a compromised reputation, there is a higher risk of the defendant failing to appear in court. This factor plays a role in determining bail and release.

When is bail paid?

After a suspect is booked and bail is set, the defendant may pay and be released from jail when approved by the court.

Are all the bail amounts set the same for similar crimes?

No. While standard bail amounts are common, a judges discretion plays a role in each individual case.

Who Determines Bail Amounts?

Judges set bail amounts by taking a variety of factors into consideration, including the severity of the crime, the defendant’s behavior, and the safety of the community.

Where did the Miranda Rights come from?

Miranda Rights are named after Ernesto Arturo Miranda, an Arizona man who was convicted of multiple felonies based on a confession he made during an interrogation. He didn’t realize he had the right to remain silent.

What should I respond when I’m read my rights?

Anything you say to a police officer, or that is heard on camera inside of the police car, can be used against you in a court of law. Your Miranda Rights will not apply unless you are saying them in response to a direct question from the officer. Silence is always a good option.

Can You Be Interrogated without Being Read Your Miranda Rights?

Yes, officers can interrogate you without reading Miranda Rights. However, if they fail to read you these rights, they are unable to use your statements as evidence against you in a court of law. If this occurs, officers are still able to use the information you gave them to guide their investigation of the crime in which you are accused. This is why it is important that you know your Miranda Rights regardless if they are read to you or not.

When Should You Be Read Your Miranda Rights?

Miranda Rights are read to a suspect prior to direct questioning. This interrogation can take place with or without an arrest, and may take place at the scene of the crime, or at a law enforcement agency. If you are arrested and not read your rights while the arrest is taking place, this doesn’t mean you won’t be read your rights during questioning.

What is the Purpose of Miranda Rights

The purpose of the Miranda Rights is to prevent law enforcement agents from forcing individuals being interrogated to incriminate themselves. The Miranda Rights were created to assist in defending the 5th Amendment (right against compelled self-incrimination) as well as uphold the 6th Amendment (individual’s right to counsel).

What is the main difference in each bail bond option?

Cash bail is money deposited with the court to secure a defendants return. If a defendant misses court dates or other conditions of release, they will return to jail

Commercial Bail is a surety, held liable to ensure the defendant appear in court. If a defendant misses appearances, the bail bond company is responsible.

A Government funded pretrial release program holds little obligation to the defendants, with conditions of release vary depending on the type of crime. (No additional fees or surties are required).

What is the purpose of Bail?

The purpose of bail is to secure a defendant’s attendance in court.  Not to raise funds for the state or to collect pre-paid fines. The counties and judges that are utilizing cash bail are simply wrong.   Defendants on cash bail have a much higher rate of missing court, becoming fugitives with warrants, likely to commit crimes. In many cases, they cannot get jobs, collect unemployment or other benefits. If these fugitives are arrested in other jurisdictions, they have to be transported back to the county and state where the warrant was issued, all at the cost of the taxpayer.

What is the recommended form of release option?

Per the Minnesota Constitution, Article 1, Section 7:

All persons before conviction shall be bailable by sufficient SURTIES, except for capital offenses when the proof is evident or the presumption great.  

(Please note the word “Surety.”)

What type of bail bond does AAA Bail Bonds specialize in?

AAA Bail Bonds specializes in Commercial Bail Bonds.

If I bail somebody out of jail, what is my responsibility?
  1. Paying a fee to the bail bond company.
  2. Cosigning for the bail bond and ensuring its payments and agreements are upheld until the case is resolved. This may include attending hearings and court dates, as well as additional financial support
Is the bail bond industry in Minnesota regulated? And who regulates it?

Who regulates the MN Bail Bond Industry? The MN Department of Commerce regulates the licensing, sales practices, and auditing of each bail bond company. The State Court Administrators Office (SCAO) oversees the relationship each company has with the court system

How do you obtain a license to become a bail bond agent? Currently, to become a bail bond agent, one must apply for a license from the Department of Commerce and be approved by the State Court Administrator’s Office (SCAO).  These steps require an applicant to complete general paperwork and pay applicable fees, followed by a background check.

 

How do you obtain a license to become a bail bond agent?

How do you obtain a license to become a bail bond agent? Currently, to become a bail bond agent, one must apply for a license from the Department of Commerce and be approved by the State Court Administrator’s Office (SCAO).  These steps require an applicant to complete general paperwork and pay applicable fees, followed by a background check.

How do I clear a warrant?

If you or a loved one learn that there is an arrest warrant, we can help. In addition to offering free warrant checks, we can place a bail bond to clear the warrant and have a new court date scheduled. In most cases, we can do this without the defendant going to jail.