When you are arrested for a crime in Minnesota you will be taken to jail and held until you can post bail. A bail payment is intended to guarantee that you return to court to address your case. When you do return, you receive your bail money back from the court. If you do not return the court forfeit your money and a warrant will be issued for your arrest. You may then have to post an additional bail to be released from custody.
Many lower level crimes, do not require bail, however, if you’ve been charged with a more serious crime, you will be held in jail until you get a hearing before a judge to set bail. This hearing needs to occur within 36 hours of your arrest, excluding the day of arrest, holidays and Sundays..
If you are unable to post your own bail, you will be given an opportunity to contact bail bond companies for help financing your release. However, if you have been charged with a serious crime and are waiting for a judge to set your bail, your main focus should be on retaining an attorney who is experienced in cases like yours. He or she can speak on your behalf at a bail hearing and argue for your release on low or no bail.
Only in the most extreme circumstances will you not be offered an opportunity to post bail. If the judge does determine you are to be held in custody until your trial, your attorney may be able to have that decision modified down the line so you don’t have to stay in jail until your trial.
Bail Amounts and Bail Modification in Minnesota
An individual’s bail should be set at a reasonable level and cannot be excessive. It is meant to ensure the defendant sticks around and shows up to court dates until their case is resolved. The bail amount is not meant to be punishment for an alleged crime, but some judges will still impose unnecessarily large bails. If you have been arrested for a crime and cannot afford to pay bail, contact an attorney right away. He or she can help you determine whether your bail has been set at a reasonable amount and/or if you can seek a lower bail amount.
Bail Hearing and Bail Modification Attorneys in Minnesota
If you or a family member has just been arrested and can’t pay bail or is being held without bail, our criminal defense attorneys at Sieben Edmunds Miller can help. We have worked with clients who have been charged with a wide variety of crimes. We will ensure your rights are protected and you have a fair shot at bonding out of jail until your trial. We know what local Minnesota judges consider at bail hearings, so we will use our legal acumen to request a fair bail amount for your case. Call us to get started at (651) 994-6744.