When you are in jail and a loved one wonders if they should bail you out or not, you may have another option that will save you and your loved ones money. It is known as “own recognizance” and if a judge decides to release you in this way, you will find that it is an affordable alternative. In many cases, you can obtain a release by citation, by posting bail, or by promising to appeal for all court appearances. Now you can understand the “O.R.” rules and if you may qualify for this opportunity under California law.

How Judges Make Their Decision 

Remember: A judge holds almost all responsibility of choosing to release somebody on O.R. Some of the same factors that are used to grant bail may be used to determine if O.R. is right for your case, given the circumstances. This can include everything from having a clean record in the past, to being a longtime resident in a community, or having family support. O.R. Officers may also help. An O.R. Officer is somebody who can check into a suspect’s background, criminal record, and ties to the community to make the best decision.

O.R. Release Agreement

Under California law, you must sign an O.R. release agreement when you are being released on your own recognizance. In this agreement, you will agree to appear for all court dates, abide by court conditions, not leave the state without permission, waive extradition if you do not appear, and acknowledge the penalties of failure to appear. If you fail to appear for court hearings, the court will most likely issue a California bench warrant to arrest you.

Understanding O.R. on your own may be complex. Because of this, you may need an attorney on your side to help you understand the process and make the right decisions for yourself. Call us today at The Law Office of Peter Blair to find out more about how we can help.