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 [...]

Why Your Miranda Rights Are Important

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be [...]

Do you know the location of these five documents?

Knowing where your important documents are located might sound like a no-brainer. Nonetheless, in the event of an emergency or unforeseen circumstance, having these documents both safe and [...]

Consequences of missing a court date

After a defendant is arrested and taken into custody on suspicion of committing a crime, they are held until able to post bail. In exchange for their release, suspects must agree to attend court [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]