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 [...]

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 [...]

MN Program Supports Incarcerated Parents and Families

Parenting with Purpose (PWP) is a Minnesota-based organization that supports imprisoned parents by providing classes focused on education and support. The goal of the group is to meet the unique [...]

Sobering Holiday Facts: Don’t Drink and Drive

While it’s fun to celebrate this time of year, remember to stay safe and plan ahead. Last year, MN officers, deputies, and troopers arrested 2,037 impaired drivers from November 24nd through [...]

How Getting Arrested May Impact Your Career

While you are “innocent until proven guilty” your boss may not be so supportive when coordinating your work schedule from behind bars. Laws in place protect discriminatory hiring and firing [...]

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