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Three Myths About Bail and Bond in Minnesota

An arrest is not a conviction. Technically speaking, a person who has been arrested has been taken into police custody on a temporary basis. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Nonetheless, a person may be required to post bail to secure their release while they await a criminal trial....

Bail vs. Bond

When a person is arrested or charged with a crime a court date will be set.  At the first court date a judge will set conditions of release and bail in two amounts.  The higher amount will allow an individual to be released without conditions that need to be followed to be released.  The second lower number will allow release but only if the defendant agrees to follow conditions of the court. For example John Smith is arrested for 3rd degree DWI.  At the first hearing the judge agrees to release Mr. Smith without conditions if he can post $12,000.00 or ...