Bail and Bond

Paying a BondsmanIf you are or friend or family member have been charged with a crime there is a good change that you there will be some type of “conditions of release” which may include:

  • No alcohol use
  • Random drug testing
  • No contact with the alleged victim
  • A cash Bail or Bond

Looking at the last component you will have a choice between paying the amount the Judge sets or getting a bond.


Bail is what sounds like, an amount of money you pay to the court administrator to get out of jail.  Most courts do not take personal checks and will require either cash, cashiers check, or in some counties, credit cards.  You will get this bail back at the end of the case, regardless of the verdict, minus any applicable fees or surcharges the Court may impose.


Bonds are a little different in that a bond is a legal document that the court accepts where a third-party promises to pay the full bail if the defendant does not appear in court.  Bondsmen (as they are called) or bonding companies are companies that are licensed to do business in Minnesota as a Bail Agent.  Typically, you will pay 10% of the bail required and will not get the money back.  This is the important distinction, that once you post a bond, the company you chose to post the bond will keep that 10% as their fee.

One point is that you need to be careful in who you select as a bonding company.  Just as any industry there are good and bad Bondsmen.  Rosengren Kohlmeyer has dealt with a lot of Bondsmen over the years, and our favorite is:

Rick Miller
Midwest Bonding


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