Why are some defendants not in jail after they have been arrested and charged?
Under the laws of the United States and Minnesota, a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. A defendant's release on his promise to appear at future court appearances is common. If the court determines that the defendant is unlikely to appear at future court dates or is a threat to public safety, bail or special conditions of release, such as no contact with victims or witnesses, may be imposed. Bail is a deposit of money held by the Court which can be forfeited if the defendant fails to appear in Court, breaks the law, or violates the conditions of release. You should notify the prosecutor of any concerns you have regarding a defendant's release or known violations of a defendant's release conditions.
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