What is this event?
This event is an opportunity for people with a misdemeanor warrant (see who is eligible below) to clear their warrant without being arrested. You also have the opportunity to resolve your case after meeting with a public defender and a prosecutor. Settlements may include doing community service work at or near the event, receiving time to pay a fine, or scheduling a court date in the future to handle your case. If you participate in this event, your warrant will be cleared or resolved before you leave.
Who is eligible for this event?
People with the following charges may not
participate in this event and should not attend:
- Any felony charges
- Any domestic charges
- Any juvenile court cases
- Any DWI cases
If you have one of these ineligible charges/cases, you may contact the Warrant Office
at (612) 348-2000.
Call Court Administration at (612) 348-2040 to find out if you have a warrant or to find out if you qualify for this event. (M-F 8:00am-4:15pm)
How long will it take and what should I expect?
It may take up to an hour for you to meet with an attorney and to see the judge. After that, if you accept community service, it may take another two to four hours to complete your work. Please plan for that. You may be doing work outdoors, so please dress for that.
May I attend Warrant Resolution Day even if my warrant is NOT from Hennepin County?
No. If you have a warrant from a different county, you will have to resolve it through that county. To contact the county court clerk’s office there, visit: www.mncourts.gov/Find-Courts.aspx
Will there be attorneys on-site to assist me?
Yes. Regardless of the circumstances of the warrant, the Public Defender's Office
will have attorneys present at Sabathani to explain the process and provide counsel to attendees as their warrant is resolved.
I do not have a driver's license. What sort of ID do I need to bring?
You can bring any form of ID that you have - Social Security card, birth certificate, Medicare/Medicaid card, etc. If you do not have any ID, you may still participate in the Misdemeanor Warrant Forgiveness Day.
If your license is suspended or revoked, or you do not have one, you can meet with staff from Driver & Vehicle Services
and/or the Driver Diversion Program
to talk about what you need to do to get your license.
Do I have to be there at 10:00 am, or can I come any time during the day?
The Warrant Forgiveness Day will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You are welcome anytime during those hours. You can also register online or by calling (612) 348-2040.
What happens if I don't participate in the Warrant Resolution Day?
Individuals with an active arrest warrant can always turn themselves in 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Adult Detention Center
"Jail" (401 South 4th Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota) or at any police station/department.
Other important information:
- Spanish and Somali interpreters will be on site. We will do our best to make any accommodation and will order an interpreter for a future court hearing if necessary.
- Representatives from DVS (Driver and Vehicle Services) "the DMV," will be there to discuss driver’s license requirements. Representatives from the Driver Diversion Program can discuss how to get your license to a valid status.
- Sabathani is a violence free building. Fighting, threats, and weapons are strictly prohibited. Participants will be screened for weapons.