NEWSBRIEF: Dakota County to participate in warrant resolution event

Dakota County will participate in a warrant resolution event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Washington Technology Magnet School, 1495 Rice St., St. Paul to offer individuals with outstanding warrants an opportunity to resolve them without fear of arrest.

Participants will be able to meet with a defense attorney, prosecutor and judge and schedule a court date if a case cannot be resolved at the event. Misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor and probation violation warrants are eligible for resolution. Warrants can be from anywhere in Minnesota.

The event is a collaboration of Dakota County, other Twin Cities-area counties and local governments and community organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union.

Organizers said it is important for people with a warrant to address the situation right away or risk being arrested or detained. Angela Lockhart, Dakota County’s integrated service delivery coordinator, said the event helps people avoid a potential revolving door in the criminal justice system. Some people with warrants have missed court dates due to work responsibilities, lack of child care or unreliable transportation.

Spanish and Hmong interpreters will be available. It is a free, child-friendly event. Lunch, refreshments, community resources and a children’s play area will be offered by participating community partners.

At any given time, there are about 5,000 outstanding warrants issued in Dakota County. Eighty warrants were cleared at a similar event held last year in Dakota County.

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