A release on your own recognizance (ROR), also known as an own recognizance (OR) or personal recognizance (PR), is a written promise signed by the defendant promising that they will show up for future court appearances and not engage in illegal activity while out on an ROR.
In non-violent and less-serious misdemeanor cases such as shoplifting, traffic violations, technical crimes, and first offenses, an ROR can be petitioned. Generally, a judge will decide whether or not to grant the ROR based on a variety of factors, including:
In most jurisdictions a minor is not entitled to bail, and if released it will be on his or her own recognizance and under court supervision.
When a release on your own recognizance is granted, it is generally done so with many stipulations. Judges will often require the defendant to check in with a supervising officer and restrict travel privileges. Other times, a judge may also set a curfew, issue stay-away orders, or require that the subject go to rehab classes. If any of these stipulations are violated, or if the defendant does not appear for any scheduled court dates, they will be subject to arrest.
If your request for a release on your own recognizance is denied, you will need to post bail. If you need a bail bond, AboutBail.com’s trusted network of bail professionals will direct you to a qualified bail agency in your area.
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