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What is ROR?

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

A release on your own recognizance (ROR), 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.

In Traffic & Misdemeanor cases, an in-custody Defendant may be offered ‘ROR’

re·cog·ni·zance (r-kgn-zns, -kn-)
1. Law
a. An obligation of record that is entered into before a court or magistrate, containing a condition to perform a particular act, such as making a court appearance.

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