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What does contempt of court mean to me?

The phrase “contempt of court” seems to be a glamorized term, used in the media and mentioned in high-profile cases. But, what does it really mean? And what are the consequences? Contempt of [...]

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How to support a loved one after incarceration

It is difficult for any family to navigate transitions, but when a loved one has been away due to incarceration, it can be especially challenging. Here are five items to consider when preparing [...]

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Turning Yourself in After an Arrest Warrant

Arrest warrants are often issued by judges in new cases for probation issues or failing to comply with court orders. While you are typically notified of an arrest warrant via telephone or mail, [...]

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Jail Release Options Part III: Commercial Bail (Bail Bond)

A commercial bail bond, or surety bond, is a vehicle used by the court to assure that a defendant will show up for scheduled court appearances.  It is and has been for more than 100 years, the [...]

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Jail Release Options Part II: Cash Bail

A few counties in Minnesota have begun to offer a “cash bail” option, in addition to a “bail bond”, as a condition for defendants to get out of jail.  This cash bail option is typically 10% of [...]

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Jail Release Options Part 1

Over the next few weeks, pretrial release options will be reviewed. When a person is in jail, the court reviews each case and determines any conditions of release. Suppose the charge is not [...]

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History of Bail Bonds

The system of receiving money or property in exchange for temporary release from jail dates back to the 13th century in England. Bond practices came about to balance the access among the rich, [...]

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What to Know About BWI This Summer

In a land of more than 10,000 lakes, you may likely find yourself on the water this summer. But keep in mind, that Minnesota law prohibits operating a motorboat while intoxicated or high on [...]

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Are there bond options for Non-U.S citizens?

Immigration issues have had a lot of media coverage, bringing standard practices under scrutiny. While we won’t focus on policies or politics, we can take a closer look at bail options for non- [...]

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Types of Immigration Bonds

For defendants dealing with immigration issues, there are a few bond options available. If you are not released on your own recognizance, there are three immigration bonds a bail bond company can [...]