What is the Minnesota Ignition Interlock Program?

Last month, we gave an overview of the penalties drivers face when charged with DUI in Minnesota. Among those DUI penalties is the revocation of driving privileges, but there are options for [...]

DWI in Minnesota

Last month we talked about celebrating safely, but if you missed our advice and found yourself arrested for Driving While Intoxicated/Driving Under the influence (DWI/DUI), the next steps can be [...]

Celebrate Safely!

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, it’s a good time to talk about safety during “party holidays”. With the traditionally alcohol-filled holiday falling on a weekend this year, the [...]

What is the Difference Between the Levels of Offenses in Minnesota?

In Minnesota’s levels of offenses, there are four categories ranging from petty misdemeanors to a felony. So what does it mean when you are charged with one or more of these categories?  The [...]

What are Secured and Unsecured Bail Bonds?

While you await your trial, the court might release you on bail; however, the courts need to assess if you will appear for all your court dates and go through the trial process. This determines [...]

Commercial bail and bail enforcement

The commercial bail bond has been an established method of release since the United States was founded. Commercial bail, though a controversial and often over-glorified industry, was originally [...]

Failed to appear in court. Now what?

Failed to appear in court. Now what? If a defendant fails to appear to a court date, and the bond is forfeited, the bondsman will be given a demand to either pay the full value of the bond to the [...]

What is private sector release pretrial?

What is private sector release pretrial (bail)? The commercial bail bond has been an established method of release since the United States was founded. Commercial bail, though a controversial and [...]

What is pretrial release?

What is pretrial release? When a defendant is released on a pretrial release program, it is with a promise to reappear to court and to be placed on a non-restrictive or restrictive supervision [...]

Common terms and phrases relating to bail | Part 2

Various terms and phrases relating to bail bonds can understandably be confusing for someone unfamiliar with the administration of bail. We hope that the explanations below can provide a resource [...]