Get Out of Jail Free? Without Bail?
In some cases individuals are released “on their own recognizance,” or “O.R.” A defendant released O.R. has to simply sign a guarantee to show up in court and is not required to post bail. Essentially they get out of jail free – just like in the game of monopoly. That saves the cost of a bail bond.
An accused typically requests release on his/her own recognizance at the first court appearance. If the judge denies the request, the accused, through his/her attorney then requests the lowest bail possible.
In general, defendants who are launched O.R. have strong ties to an area, making them unlikely to flee. Factors that may persuade a judge to grant an O.R. release include the following:.
- The offender has relatives (most likely parents, a spouse, or kids) living in the area.
- The defendant has lived in the neighborhood for a long time.
- The offender has a good steady job.
- The offender has little or no previous criminal record, or any previous criminal issues were small and occurred long ago.
- The defendant has actually been convicted of previous criminal offenses but has constantly done what was required.
All that said, if are not fortunate to get out of jail free, you will either need to post the entire amount of the bail yourself or, do what most people do, arrange for a bail bond.
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