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A Beginner’s Guide to Bail and Bondsmen in Minnesota

A man in need of a bail bondsman.

If you have you found yourself in trouble with the law for the first time, you may feel bewildered, frightened, and desperate to get out of jail. Depending on the seriousness of the crime you’ve allegedly committed, you may be required to post bail before you’re able to go home.

Bail amounts vary, but they can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars for serious criminal charges. Whatever the amount, if you can’t afford to pay it, then you’ll be stuck in jail until your bail is paid or you face trial in court.

If you can’t afford bail, then you may need to seek out the service of a bail bondsman. You may know a little about this subject, most of which may have been garnered from TV shows or movies, or you may know next to nothing, especially if this is your first brush with the law.

What’s the Difference? 3 Commonly Confused Legal Terms

manconfusedbylegaltermsWith the popularity of prison dramas and procedural cop shows, many legal terms have become common usage. However, the nature of fiction means that many of these terms are used in a general or incorrect way that can lead to confusion about their definitions in real life situations.

In this blog, we cover three sets of common legal terms that are often used interchangeably even though they aren’t synonymous.

How a Judge Determines Your Bail

You walk into the courtroom alongside your lawyer. The judge asks for your plea, and you enter it. Your lawyer argues for your bail to be set at a reasonable amount. The prosecution recommends a much higher amount and suggest several intense restrictions for conditions of your release on bail. The judge hears both arguments, sets bail, and bangs the gavel. Unfortunately, the number that left your judge’s mouth seems astronomically high to you. How could anyone be expected to pay that amount, just to be released on bail? To answer that often-asked question, we’ve outlined the top five factors the judge uses to determine your bail.

What to Expect After an Arrest

An arrest and the prospect of several court appearances can make anyone feel unsettled, whether the arrest happened to you or someone close to you. But those worries can be even bigger if you have never passed through this process before. You may be unsure what steps will take place or how to prepare for each event. This blog explains the basic process of what happens after an arrest. Familiarize yourself with the information below so you can ease any worries you have about the post-arrest proceedings.