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Handy Reference of Jail Rosters in Minnesota

Are you in need of information about where an inmate is being held and/or the details of their arrest? Use our handy reference guide to quickly and easily find links to jail rosters from counties throughout Minnesota.   Aitkin County Jail Roster   https://www.co.aitkin.mn.us/departments/public-safety/inmates/Current-Inmate-Roster.pdf   Aitkin County is located in north-central Minnesota, northeast of Mille […]

Busting 3 Myths About Bail Bonds 

    With over a decade of experience in providing bail bonds for our clients, we’ve encountered quite a few misconceptions about the bail bond industry, bail bondsmen themselves, and what a bail bond is or means. Today, we’d like to clear up some of these myths! The last thing we’d want is for anyone […]

Meet Our Attorneys: Heather Olson

A-Affordable Bail Bonds is proud to partner with attorneys from around the Midwest. These partnerships allow us to refer our clients to effective, experienced legal representation and receive the best defense possible.   For the past few weeks, we’ve been introducing you to some of our partner attorneys and highlighting their areas of expertise. This […]

Meet Our Attorneys: Dennis M. Lothspeich

A-Affordable Bail Bonds is proud to partner with attorneys from around the Midwest. These partnerships allow us to refer our clients to effective, experienced legal representation and receive the best defense possible.   Over the next several weeks, we’d like to introduce you to some of our partner attorneys and highlight their areas of expertise. […]

Meet Our Attorneys: Richard Edinger

A-Affordable Bail Bonds is proud to partner with attorneys from around the Midwest. These partnerships allow us to refer our clients to effective, experienced legal representation and receive the best defense possible.   Over the next several weeks, we’d like to introduce you to some of our partner attorneys and highlight their areas of expertise. […]

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The act of “posting bail,” that is, paying a fee to the court that allows you to be released from jail until your scheduled court date, establishes a “guarantee” between yourself and the court that you will appear for your trail. Once you hold up your end of the bargain by making all of your scheduled court appearances, the posted bail is returned, whether you are found guilty or not guilty.

 

But what happens if you do not make your scheduled court appearances? What if something happens that prevents you from appearing on time, or at all?

 

The most important thing to understand about failing to appear in court after posting bail is that “jumping bail” is considered its own crime. So, regardless of the reasons why you may have missed your court appearance, missing your court date after posting bail will result in a separate set of hearings in which you will need to prove that you could not possibly have appeared in court due to circumstances beyond your control.

 

If the court does not find your excuses convincing, you may be found guilty of bail jumping, and convicted with a misdemeanor or even felony, depending on the severity of the crime for which you were scheduled to appear.

 

Furthermore, even if you do ultimately appear in court for the trail for your original charges, the bail you posted may still be considered forfeit and not returned to you, even if you are found “not guilty.” (It’s also worth noting that your obvious innocence in a particular case is NOT considered a valid reason for skipping your court date.)

 

But what if you did NOT intentionally skip your court date? Well, don’t fret just yet. You may still have options that will allow you to avoid the forfeiture of your posted bail along with any further charges.

 

Here are some good steps to take if you realize you missed your court date after posting bail:

  • Contact an attorney and explain the situation. They will be able to provide the best advice and counsel for your particular situation.
  • Collect as much information as you can. Did the court fail to provide information about your court date until it was too late? Do you have proof that you absolutely had to be somewhere else on that date?
  • Surrender yourself to the court as soon as possible. You may be able to avoid any further legal issues by turning yourself within 30 days of your original court date.

All of these steps can help you either avoid any “bail jumping” charges altogether or help ensure that you do not incur any additional jail time or penalties for missing your original court date.

 

Of course, the ideal course of action is to simply ensure you make your court date as scheduled. Be sure to place close attention to all court documents you receive and follow their instructions carefully to avoid any further issues!

 

 
 
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