A person charged with a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony may qualify for the services of a public defender. The Carver County Court Administrator's Office has application forms. A Carver County district court judge will review the application to determine if you qualify. If you qualify, the court may require you to pay a reasonable surcharge.
In addition, the district court may appoint an attorney in certain select subject matter areas, such as child protection, juvenile delinquency, and civil commitment proceedings.
If your matter is civil dispute, you are not entitled to the services of a public defender. You will need to either hire a private attorney or represent yourself. Fortunately, some qualified attorneys may represent you for a reduced fee.
- LawHelpMN.org. A website with legal fact sheets about poverty law topics, links to legal aid offices, and free legal clinics, do-it-yourself legal forms.
- Call for Justice. A list of free or reduced-cost legal service providers in Minnesota.
- Volunteer Lawyers Network Metro Area Legal Advice Clinics: Listing of free regularly scheduled legal advice clinics for assistance with various areas of the law including bankruptcy, immigration, family, and housing court matters.
- Volunteer Lawyers Network- Free Phone Advice: Financially eligible clients in Carver, Hennepin, or Scott Counties may set up a free 20-minute phone consultation with a family law attorney.
- VLN Free Help with Answering a Summons and Complaint: Phone advice for help with answering a Civil Summons and Complaint. Must meet eligibility guidelines.
- Minnesota Court Forms: Numerous fill-in-the-blank court forms with instructions are available for those representing themselves in court including divorce, child support, child custody, parenting time, criminal expungement, name change, and conciliation court matters.
- State of Minnesota Self-Help Center Services: A Self-Help phone line and computer are available in the Law Library for phone assistance and online information regarding court forms, procedures, and legal resources. You can also get help from the Self-Help Center by email or by phone at 651-259-3888 Monday- Friday, 8:30 AM-3:00 PM.
- LawHelpMN.org: General information about legal rights, the courts, and legal forms organized by subject.
- MLAO: Volunteer lawyers answer legal questions via an online form. Must financially qualify.
- SMIRLS: Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services provides free, high-quality legal help to low-income people in critical civil matters. For more than 100 years, they have helped individuals and families secure and protect their basic needs, maintaining freedom from hunger, homelessness, sickness, and abuse
As long as your citation indicates the charge is a petty misdemeanor, such as a speeding, ordinance, or boating violation, you may
- Pay in person at the Carver County Court Administrator's Office.
- Pay by phone with a VISA or MasterCard available 24 hours a day.
If calling from the Twin Cities Metro: (651) 281-3219
If calling outside the Metro: (800) 657-3611
- Pay by mail by making check or money order payable to "District Court Administration" and mail your payment to:
Minnesota Court Payment Center
P.O. Box 898
Willmar, MN 56201
Please be sure to include the ticket or the ticket number with your payment.
If your citation is marked "endanger life or property,"or otherwise indicates that you must appear in court, you are required to make a court appearance.
- Minnesota Court Records Search: Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS) includes state district court and appellate case information for public viewing, including register of actions, calendars, and judgments, in criminal and civil matters. Please note: The courthouse public access terminals located in the Law Library provide the most complete access to electronic case records. Only courthouse terminals give users access to full-text documents. Printing fees are 10 cents per document. Certified documents are $16.
- Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Public Record Search: Find public data maintained by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
- Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER): This electronic public access service allows users to obtain full-text case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy courts. Electronic access is available by registering with the PACER Service Center.
Reporting a Crime
If the alleged crime occurred outside the City of Chaska but within Carver County, please:
- Use the Sheriff's Crime Tips Form
- Use the Carver County non-emergency dispatcher at (952) 361-1231.
- You may also leave an anonymous tip on the tip line: (952) 361-1224
- If you are witnessing a crime currently being committed, please dial 9-1-1 immediately.
If the alleged crime occurred within the City of Chaska, please call the Chaska Police Department at (952) 448-4200 during business hours, or
f you are not receiving public assistance, please fill out an application and provide necessary information. Get an application:
• From the Carver County Income Support Department, or
• Print out the Full Child Support Services Application (PDF) from the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.
Complete the application and mail or take it to the Income Support Department, 602 East Fourth Street, Chaska, MN 55318. If you are applying for children who have different fathers or mothers, complete an application for each parent who lives away from the home.
• There is no application fee to apply for child support services.
• If you receive any of these programs: Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Medical Assistance (MA), Diversionary Work Program (DWP), Tribal TANF, foster care or child care assistance your case will be automatically referred for child support services.
The website provides links to a number of valuable resources, and provides information about obtaining publications that explains the rights and responsibilities of both property owners and tenants. Other publications address issues unique to mobile home parks.
- The Carver County Law Library is a branch of the Carver County Public Library, located in the lower level of the Carver County Government Center, Judicial Building, 604 East Fourth Street, Chaska, MN.
- The law library allows members of the public, computer access to statutes, case law, and other legal materials. The library also has a significant number of "self-help" books on legal topics such as divorce, preparing a will, or conducting real estate transactions.
- Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Visitors are not be allowed to start their visits after 4:00 p.m. for afternoon visits or after 8:30 p.m. for evening visits.
- The Carver County Jail Programs Office must approve visitors two days prior to the visitation days. Each inmate must fill out a visitors list with up to five visitors.
- Visitors must be 18 years of age or older, or accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. All visitors must possess valid identification or a driver's license at the time of visiting. All visitors must be on the inmate's approved visitors list.