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
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-)
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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