Getting Released on Your Own Recognizance: Know What ROR Means

Getting Released on Your Own Recognizance: Know What ROR Means

When an individual is accused of committing a crime, he/she will be detained and held in a holding facility or placed in a long-term holding facility. Depending on the severity of the crime, these individuals who have been accused of committing a crime will need to await their first trial date, which is known as an arraignment hearing. During the first hearing, a bail amount will generally be set to ensure that the accused appears in court for the required date. However, some individuals will be released on other conditions. The following article will discuss the meaning and conditions of being released on "your own recognizance."

What Does 'ROR' Stand for?

ROR is the acronym used to represent "released on your own recognizance." The term PR also shares a similar meaning in that it represents "personal recognizance." In either case, the individual is granted release, and no bail money will need to be paid in order to ensure that the accused will appear in court on the date provided by the judge. In order to complete this process, the accused must provide a written promise to the court stating that he/she will appear to all upcoming and required legal proceedings involved his/her case. In addition, the legal promise will indicate that the accused will not engage in any illegal activity during this period of investigation.

Who Will be Considered for "ROR"?

In general, individuals will be released based on recognizance if they have been accused of a minor crime or misdemeanor, including shoplifting, traffic violations, or first offenses. Included in this group of illegal activities, you will also find individuals who have been accused of technical or software-related crimes. Thus, you will not be considered for release on recognizance if any of the following factors exist for your case:

  • A severe and/or serious crime was committed
  • You have a criminal record with previous offenses and/or skipped court appearances
  • You are considered a flight risk to the judge
  • Negative reputation or family ties to the community
  • A background check is missing
  • You have become unemployed due to your criminal charges

What Are the Conditions for "ROR"?

In most cases, there will be certain stipulations or conditions that are associated with your release on recognizance. For instance, the judge who grants the ROR may require for the individual who has been accused of a crime to meet with a supervising officer in his/her local area. In addition, the accused may be restricted to certain travel conditions. In specific, the accused may not be legally permitted to leave the state in which the crime was committed. Moreover, the accused may be restricted to no travel during the period of investigation and until the case has been settled. If travel restrictions have not been in place, other conditions of the ROR may include curfews, stay-away orders, and/or rehab courses.

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