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What Does It Mean To Be Released On Your Own Recognizance?

Released on own Recognizance

What is a release on your own recognizance?

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.

When is a release on your own recognizance granted?

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:

  • The seriousness of the crime
  • Previous offenses, criminal record, and history of court date appearances
  • Whether or not the defendant is considered a flight risk
  • A background check
  • Family and ties to the community
  • Employment

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.

What stipulations apply to a release on your own recognizance?

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.

What if my request for an ROR is denied?

If your request for a release on your own recognizance is denied, you will need to post bail. If you need a bail bond,’s trusted network of bail professionals will direct you to a qualified bail agency in your area.

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