Bail and Warrant Information
Bail and/or Bonds
Posting Bail On:
Washington County Warrants: Court Administration or the Jail.
(See below for the hours.)
Inmates with Out of County Warrants: Jail only or the originating agency of the warrant.
Bail and/or Bonds will only be accepted by Court Administration in the Courts Building, Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Check the Warrant Search page for current, active warrants or call the Sheriff's Office Warrants Division at 651-430-7998 anytime. New warrants issued by the courts can take several days to get into our warrants system.
Pay Bail / Turning Yourself In on a Warrant
If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you can turn yourself in at the main Jail window no later than 5:45 a.m. on a regular court day and the Sheriff's Office will make every attempt to get you on the court docket for that day. Due to varying circumstances in the courts and the Jail, we cannot guarantee that you will be seen that day, but in most cases you will be seen the same day. If a judge has set a bail amount on the warrant, you must turn yourself into the jail to be booked and processed. Once you have been booked and processed, you may pay the bail at the Jail or post bond through an approved bonding agency. Once bail has been paid or bond posted, a court date will be assigned and you will be released from custody.
If you want to post bail or bond for someone currently in Jail, this can be done at certain times in person at the Jail or Court Administration. See hours listed above. Bail for Washington County Inmates with out of county warrants must be posted at the Jail or at the originating agency of the warrant. Bail is accepted in cash (exact amount) or credit card. The credit card must be in the name of the person posting the bail with a valid ID. Bonds are accepted from approved bonding agents who, in effect, guarantee the bail amount to the courts in exchange for a set fee and collateral arranged with the person posting the bond. Bail that is posted is normally returned to the defendant once they have satisfied the courts requirements, but may be forfeited if the defendant does not appear on the assigned court date or may be credited towards fines and fees due to the court.
The Washington County Court Administration accepts payments in person by cash or credit card. The Washington County Sheriff's Office accepts payments in person in cash (exact amounts) or credit card.
Bail vs. Bond
Bail and Bonds are related terms referring to a requirement imposed by the court that a defendant put forth a financial backing to their promise to appear in court as ordered. Basically, bail is cash paid by the defendant, or on his/her behalf. Bonds are, essentially, a document provided by an authorized bonding company guaranteeing that the defendant will appear or the bonding company will have to pay the court. Bail is accepted in the full amount in cash or credit card. Bonds are usually posted by an approved bonding agent for a set fee (typically around 10% of the bond amount) and other guarantees or collateral.
Bail that is posted is normally returned to the defendant once they have satisfied the courts requirements, but may be forfeited if the defendant does not appear on the assigned court date or may be credited towards fines and fees due to the court. Money paid to a bonding agent is normally considered a fee and is not returned.