Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When does the County Attorney’s Office become involved with adult protection matters?
  2. What is a vulnerable adult?
  3. What kind of judicial action can be taken to protect vulnerable adults?
  4. Can private individuals file their own guardianship/conservatorship petitions, without the involvement of the County Attorney’s Office?
  5. What can private citizens do to assist with the protection of vulnerable adults?
  6. What is civil commitment?
  7. If I think someone should be committed, do I have to go through the county, or can I file my own petition with the court?
  8. What if the pre-petition screening team does not support commitment?
  9. What criteria must be met for a petition to be filed?
  10. Can the court require a mentally ill person to take antipsychotic medication?
  11. Do persons who are civilly committed lose any rights/privileges of citizenship?
  12. If a person is found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty of a crime due to mental illness or developmental delay, is the person automatically committed to a treatment facility?
  13. Do I have to come to court?
  14. What happens when I appear in court?
  15. What do I need to do as a witness?
  16. How do I work for the County Attorney’s Office?
  17. Is a license required to provide foster care or family child care?
  18. How do I know if a child or foster care home is licensed?
  19. What is the purpose of requiring a license?
  20. What if I suspect that a person is providing child care without a license?
  21. What if I have concerns about the health and safety of persons being served by licensed child and foster care providers in Anoka County?
  22. What sanctions are imposed if the investigation indicates that the health or safety of the persons being served is at risk?
  23. Where can I find more information about the family child care licensing process?
  24. Where can I find more information about the child foster care licensing process?
  25. Where can I find more information about the adult foster care licensing process?
  26. What should I do when I receive my subpoena?
  27. What should I do if I have received a subpoena in the mail and I do not know why?
  28. What should I do if I am unable to appear for my subpoena because of vacation, doctor appointment, or other event?
  29. What should I do if my employer or school will not give me permission to go to court?
  30. What should I do if my minor son or daughter was subpoenaed?
  31. What should I do if I am a witness (or parent of a minor witness) and I am concerned about lost wages?
  32. What happens if I do not respond to a subpoena?
  33. What should I do if I have been subpoenaed and am worried about seeing the defendant?
  34. What should I do if I do not have transportation to court?
  35. I already gave a statement, why do I have to come and testify at a trial? Can I testify by video?
  36. I want a no contact order dropped, as I never requested the order. How do I do that?
  37. As the victim I want the charges dropped. How do I do that?
  38. How do I request a copy of my police report?
  39. Do I have to come to court?
  40. What should I do if I'm afraid the offender will want to retaliate against me or my family members?
  41. How do I know if the offender is still in custody?
  42. What do I do about expenses related to this crime?
  43. How long until I get my restitution?
  44. I'm afraid the offender will want to retaliate against me or my family members. How can you help?
  45. What do I do about expenses related to this crime?
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