There are two types of warrants — criminal arrest warrants and civil warrants.
There are three types of criminal arrest warrants:
- Bench warrants. Bench warrants are issued by a judge for people who fail to appear in court for their scheduled hearing, violate their pre-trial release supervision conditions, or do not follow court orders.
- Complaint warrants. Complaint warrants are issued as part of a criminal complaint when the Dakota County Attorney's Office, or one of the city attorney's offices, charge a case.
- Probation/Parole violation warrants. Probation/parole violation warrants are issued for persons who are already under supervision with Dakota County Community Corrections, or the Department of Corrections, and who have violated their supervision conditions.
Civil warrants are issued for non-criminal reasons, such as contempt of court or housing or family court reasons. Business or collection reasons may also result in a civil warrant being issued.
Find out why a warrant was issued for your case
Most active warrants in Dakota County are because of failure to appear for a court date. Please call District Court at 651-377-7180 to learn more about your specific reason.