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What do I do if there is a warrant for my arrest?

For a warrant relating to a criminal or traffic offense in Ramsey County, you must turn yourself in and let the court determine the conditions of your release.
Turn yourself in at the Law Enforcement Center, 425 Grove Street in St. Paul (follow this link for Maps to Court Locations). Go to the Jail Entrance (open 24 hours) before 5:00 am. You will be taken into custody, booked, and fingerprinted.
If your warrant allows for your release o n your own, (called Own Recognizance or "OR"), you may be released. You may also be released if it calls for a bail or bond to be posted and you can post that bail or bond.
You may be released without bail and given an order to appear on certain conditions spelled out by a court-affiliated agency called Project Remand. This is called a Conditional or "CR to PR' release.
There may also be a combination of bail/bond and CR to PR.
If you are released, you may be handed an appearance notice with a court date. If not, the court will mail the appearance notice to you.
If you're kept in custody, you will be held overnight and will appear in court as soon as it can be arranged.
It is advised that you come prepared to post any bond or bail that is required.

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Why do I have a warrant for my arrest?

There are several reasons why a warrant can be issued. Some of the most common ones are:

  • Failure to appear at a court hearing
  • Violation of the terms of a sentence you received
  • Failure to pay a fine
  • A warrant was filed with the court as part of a criminal complaint

Contact the court at (651)266-8180 for specific information.

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What’s the difference between bail and bond?

Bail is money you leave with the court as a guarantee of your future appearances. Once the case is closed, your bail is either returned to you or applied to any fine there might be.
Bond is a guarantee of your appearance offered by a bonding company. The bond is purchased by you or on your behalf from a bonding company and is not refunded or applied to any fines. If you ever fail to appear as directed, the bondsman must pay the entire bail amount to the court, but can collect on any collateral that you put up in exchange for the bond.
Important Reminder: If you fail to appear for any scheduled hearing, your bail or bond may be forfeited to the State. In other words, the State keeps the entire amount. You don't get it back and it doesn't go toward any fines you may owe.

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Where can I get a bond?

The court cannot recommend any particular bonding companies. Bonding companies advertise themselves in several places, including business directories.

Bonding Agents in Minnesota

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