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A Message From Crow Wing County Attorney Donald F. Ryan:

Criminal Case Information contains information concerning adult criminal cases filed by the Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office in Crow Wing County District Court.

This information is gathered from many sources and is made available on this website as a public service. Disclosing adult criminal case information in this manner promotes public safety by providing victims, witnesses, and others with criminal justice information that is not accessible from any other single source.

An adult criminal prosecution can be commenced either by citation or complaint. A citation is issued by a law enforcement officer and is used primarily in petty misdemeanor and misdemeanor level prosecutions. In Minnesota, a standardized citation form is used state-wide. A citation is in reality a short form Summons and Complaint. In Crow Wing County, when a citation is issued, the person receiving the citation is instructed to contact Crow Wing County Court Administration to schedule a first court date. Failure to do so results in the issuance of a long form complaint. A long form complaint is a more formalized process to commence a criminal prosecution requiring the signature of a prosecuting attorney, law enforcement officer and a district court judge. Long form complaints are required for gross misdemeanor and felony matters. Long form complaints are issued with a Summons, Warrant or Order for Detention.

  • A Summons is a court order directing an individual identified in the complaint to appear in district court at a certain time on a certain day. Failure to appear may result in the issuance of a warrant.
  • An order for detention is used when a person has been arrested prior to the issuance of a complaint. It is a court order that an individual be brought before the district court at a certain time on a certain date, usually within 36-48 hours after arrest.
  • Warrant: A warrant is a court order to apprehend an individual and bring the individual before the district court.

In long form complaints, there is a section containing a general description of the underlying activity which resulted in the filing of criminal charges. This is called the probable cause section. This section contains sufficient general information to support the elements of the crime(s) charged. It is not intended to, nor does it, provide a comprehensive explanation of all the evidence to be presented at trial. The initiation of criminal proceedings does not indicate a person is guilty of a violation of the law. A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Arrest and Bookings: An arrest does not mean that the inmate has been convicted of the crime. Booking at the Crow Wing County Jail does not indicate guilt. Information contained herein should not be relied upon for any type of legal action. The Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office cannot represent that the information is current, accurate or complete. Persons may use false identification information. True identity can only be confirmed through fingerprint and/or other data comparisons.

Warrants: The warrant information referenced on this site includes only those warrants related to criminal matters initiated by our office and venued in Crow Wing County District Court. An arrest warrant does not indicate that the person is guilty of a violation of the law; only that there was a warrant on file for their arrest on the date and time the website was last updated.

Please note that wanted individuals should not be arrested based on the information posted to this website. All warrants must be confirmed by the issuing agency prior to enforcement. While we intend to make every effort to keep the information on this page accurate and current, there are often delays between court action on a warrant and updates to the Crow Wing County Attorney’s computer database. This database is updated multiple times each day, but the results shown are only as accurate as the last update and could be different from the court records. If you have questions about a warrant, please call 218-824-1025.

Juvenile Information: Distribution of information on juveniles held in the lawful custody of the Crow Wing County Sheriff is restricted by Minnesota law. For questions on juveniles arrested or detained, please call 218-824-1025.

The Crow Wing County Attorney retains the right to control and modify the content of this website.