North Dakota and Minnesota are gradually reopening following the Covid -19 pandemic and the same can be said for court appearances in both states as well. At the present time (May 2021) both states are still offering, and in some cases insisting, on appearances in criminal cases being made via electronic means. The most common electronic service is ZOOM, an online video service that allows an individual to appear through an application by telephone or tablet or computer via screen. Most courts will also allow a criminal defendant to appear via telephone via ZOOM as well if the person doesn’t have the technological capability to use the ZOOM App.
It is important for anyone charged with a criminal offense to have the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney, even if the appearance is via electronic means. The use of ZOOM technology can be intimidating and it can also lead to confusion regarding a criminal defendant’s rights. If you have an appearance set via electronic means, seek out an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you navigate through this process.