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.


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.