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It’s only natural to feel panicked or anxious after being charged with a crime. In the midst of such stress, it’s important to keep a clear head and move forward in a proactive, but cautious manner. This all begins with getting out of jail. Once you’ve emerged from this stressful environment, you can shift your focus to your criminal case. Read on to learn more about the process of making bail and getting out of jail in Minnesota.

Booking and Arraignment

Depending on your case, you may be held before or during your trial — or even through sentencing. Bail provides an opportunity to be released, but first, you’ll need to make an appearance during arraignment. At this time, the conditions of your temporary release will be set — including the extent to which you’re required to pay bail. In general, bail serves as a promise to the court that you will return for appearances as necessary.

Bail Bonds

Unfortunately, not everybody has access to the cash needed to make bail. In such situations, bail bonds may be worth considering. While these businesses often hold negative stereotypes, the extensive regulations and oversight in Minnesota should grant you peace of mind as you take advantage of this option. Local agencies cannot operate unless they gain approval by the State Court Administrator’s Office. They must also obtain necessary licensing from the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Contacting an Attorney

No matter how you choose to move forward after being charged with a crime, it’s critical that you get in touch with a trusted attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can help you avoid accidental self-incrimination while also setting the stage early on for later success in criminal court.

A top legal resource in the Twin Cities, the law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. can be counted on to protect your best interests. Reach out today to learn more.