AAA Bail Bonds Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ’s

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.

 

Does the messaging system help co-signers?

Yes, experience has shown co-signers benefit from this system in keeping court dates and avoiding bond forfeiture. 

 

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 is a good time to tell a child that their relative has gone to prison?

While there is no perfect time to explain to a child that someone they love is incarcerated, you should aim to tell a child when you have enough time to offer comfort and answer any questions they may have.

Should I tell a child when a parent or close relative goes to prison?

Yes. Although it is ultimately your decision, it is widely recognized that children cope better when spoken to honestly about the events. Openness with the child will allow them to feel okay to ask questions and express how they feel.

What medical conditions or circumstances would prevent a person from wearing a mask?

There is no defined list of recognized conditions or disabilities that would prevent someone from wearing a face covering. The Executive Order provides exemptions for people who are unable to wear a mask due to a medical or mental health condition or disability.

What is the penalty for not wearing a mask in a public space?

Minnesotans who fail to comply with Executive Order 20-81 may receive a petty misdemeanor citation and a fine of up to $100. Businesses who don’t comply may be subject to criminal charges, including civil fines of up to $25,000 and regulatory enforcement.

What is an indemnitor?
A person, often a relative or friend of someone who has been arrested, who signs the bail bond and pays the premium fee to the bail bond company. They are responsible for ensuring the defendant meets their court obligations and must pay the complete value of bail if the defendant is absent for their court date.
How is utilizing a bail bonds company different from posting bail?
While a defendant can receive a refund from bail, Minnesota bail bonds companies charge a non-refundable premium of up to 10% in exchange for posting a bond on behalf of the defendant.
Can I protect my home from a break-in without installing a high-end security system?
Installed home security systems are recommended for deterring break-ins, but peel-and-stick alarms can be a cost-effective alternative. Investing in strong doors and locks can also help prevent a burglary.
Where is the safest place to keep a spare key?
The safest place for a spare key is most likely with a trusted neighbor or family member. Avoid hiding your spare keys in obvious locations, including under a doormat or in a planter.

 

What counts as shoplifting?

Actions that account for shoplifting include concealing or taking property without permission, switching a price tag to pay a smaller amount, and obtaining a good by false pretenses. 

If you’re caught shoplifting something inexpensive, can you go to jail?

In Minnesota, property valued less than $500 may be punished with a fine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail. Exact penalties vary and depend on one’s criminal history or other specifications of the individual case.

Are photos and videos taken in a public place protected by the First Amendment?
Photographs of anything in your plain sight, including police, can be legally taken if you are lawfully present in a public space, and cannot be confiscated or deleted without a warrant. Different states have varying rules about sharing the audio portion of a video without consent from the recorded individuals, but the First Amendment always protects the visual aspect of a photo or video. 
Where can (and can’t) I protest?
Your First Amendment right to petition is most secure on public property where a permit is not needed, including streets, parks, and government plazas. You don’t, however, have the right to assemble on private property. 
Can there be more than one person in the boat when I’m boating or fishing during the Stay at Home Order?

Yes, but only boat or fish with those in your immediate household. Follow social distancing guidelines by not inviting friends or extended family.

Do all fishing regulations apply or have they been relaxed because of the Stay at Home Order?

All 2020 fishing regulations must be followed. Regulations have not relaxed amid the Stay at Home Order.

Is a letter or documentation required to be outside of our homes during the stay-at-home order?

No. Minnesotans are not required to carry any paperwork when traveling to and from their place of employment, or anywhere else. Minnesota residents are urged to comply voluntarily with this Executive Order.

What does a stay-at-home order mean?

Minnesota residents are directed to limit their time outside of their homes beyond any essential needs.

Can you be incarcerated if caught using marijuana recreationally in Minnesota?

Yes. As of February 2020, sale or possession of quantities larger than 42.5 grams is a felony in Minnesota. Depending on the amount of marijuana possessed or sold, the felony may be punishable by a maximum of $1,000,000 and up to 5–35 years incarcerated.

Is medical marijuana legal in Minnesota?

Yes, medical marijuana has been legal in Minnesota since 2014.

Where can I get a copy of my birth certificate if I don’t have the original?

A copy can be requested from Minnesota’s Vital Records office.

What kind of documents should I keep in my car?

Three documents you should always have with you in your car are your vehicle registration, proof of insurance, and driver’s license.

Can I be pulled over for having frost on my car windows?

Yes. In Minnesota the law requires drivers to clear all frost from both their windshield and side windows to prevent accidents created from obstructed vision on the road.

Is it illegal for snow from my driveway to be shoveled onto the street?

Yes. In Minnesota it is illegal to shovel or plow snow onto roads and streets and can be punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and 90 days in jail.

How old can you be to receive a SWI?​

You can receive a SWI at any age. However, it is always illegal to drink under the age of 21.

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.

What are some local sober resources to call if I need a ride?​

If Uber or other ap-based ride services are not available to you, call Wide Street Tax at (612) 545-7745 or Christie Cab at (763) 913-4889 in the Buffalo MN area.

What is MN’s BAC limit?​

Minnesota’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit is​ 0.08.

Which governing body regulates the bail bond industry?

The Department of Commerce regulates the bail bond industry in each state.

When was bail first used in history?

Money bail was developed in the Anglo-Saxon period in England (410-1066) as a means of settling disputes peacefully. The accused was required to find someone to serve as their surety who agreed to pay the settled amount to the victim if the defendant fled. 

 

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 your business hours?

AAA Bail Bonds is available 24 hours a day/ 365 days a year.

What are your busiest days?​

Mondays and Fridays.

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.

What are common release conditions for federal charges?​

Common conditions for a federal pretrial release include, but are not limited to:

  • Surrendering of passports and/ or limitation of travel outside of the jurisdiction
  • Surrendering of firearms
  • Abstinence from drugs and alcohol
  • Requirement to wear a GPS monitor, as well as restrictions on curfew and association with specific people or places
  • Mental health examination
What is a detention hearing?​

In federal court, the magistrate will consider the case and determine if the defendant is a flight risk or danger to the community. The outcome of this hearing will allow, or deny, a pretrial release and set its regulations.

Why would a bail bond be forfeited?

Bail bonds can be forfeited for failing to appear and in some cases for violating conditions of release.  However, Minnesota state law only allows for a bail bond to be forfeited as a result of failing to appear.  That is why in Minnesota, bail bonds are also referred to as Appearance Bonds.

Are laws related to bail the same in each state?

No, each state determines bail bond laws designed to suit individual needs.  Many states do not allow bail bonds or fugitive recovery agents.  Most of these states suffer many problems and a tremendous amount of expense that states allowing bail bonds do not.

Do city or county jails take longer to process new inmates?

It depends on the size of the city and nature of the charges. In general, a county jail may have a higher population of people, so the time to process and duration of stay may be longer.

Can county and city jails be in the same location?

Yes. While it can share the same space, there is usually a distinction between the county and city jail.

Can I be fired for being arrested?

That is up to your employer and your individual situation. There are no laws protecting employees from being let go due to involvement with law enforcement.

How could an employer find out about my arrest, even if I didn’t disclose it or miss time at work?

Arrests are often made public through general notifications in local news, or through social media. 

Does this new law impact drivers under 18 or those that carry permits?

Teens under 18 with a driver’s permit or provisional license cannot make or answer calls while driving, either hand-held or hands-free. They may use their phone in a hands-free mode only for GPS, listening to music or podcasts and to call 911 in an emergency.

What will happen if I’m caught with a phone in my hand while driving?

Penalties for violating the hands free law carry a $50 fine for the first violation and $275 fine for subsequent violations, and is considered a petty misdemeanor.

What is contempt of court?​

The offense of being willfully disobedient or disrespectful toward a court of law; disregarding court order or opposing the authority of the law.

Is contempt of court a felony or misdemeanor?​

Usually, contempt of court is a misdemeanor.

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