Turning yourself in voluntarily will deactivate the warrant immediately. You then can post bail or bond, or you may be released on your own recognizance, if permitted by the court, and remain out-of-custody until your scheduled court date. All others will remain in custody until the next available, appropriate court calendar.
Where to turn yourself in
Adults with an active arrest warrant can also turn themselves in during the business hours of 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. to one of the following locations:
City law enforcement agencies
If you have an active arrest warrant, you can turn yourself in 24 hours a day, seven days a week to any of the 11 local city law enforcement agencies in Dakota County.
Dakota County Sheriff's Office
You can also surrender to the Dakota County Sheriff's Office located at the Law Enforcement Center. When surrendering directly to the Law Enforcement Center in Dakota County, turn yourself in before 4 a.m., Monday through Thursday (excluding holidays), to reduce the likelihood of being held in custody for more than 24 hours.
Longer processing times at law enforcement agencies than courts
If you turn yourself in at the Court locations, you will be allowed to post bail or bond — if that is an option — and released.
If you turn yourself into the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, you will be taken into custody and processed to confirm identification before you can post bail or bond. This process includes being fingerprinted and photographed and could take several hours.
What to bring when you turn yourself into a law enforcement agency
When turning yourself in, please bring the following items:
- Valid state or federal issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or state-issued ID.
- Current list of prescription medications as ordered by the doctor or contact information for your pharmacy.
- Clothing appropriate for the season.
- Cash for bail/bond (if appropriate).
- Glasses, hearing aids or orthopedic devices.
- Contact information for whoever is planning to provide you transportation upon release.
- If you plan to apply for a public defender, bring income verification (last year's W2 or current paystub) if you have it available.
The following items should not be brought to the jail:
- Excessive personal items, such as jewelry or extra clothing items
- Non-prescription medications
- Perishable items, such as food
If you bring a cellphone, your cellphone will be taken away from you when you are booked and will be returned to you upon release. Charging stations are available in the jail lobby.