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Being released on your own recognizance is a big responsibility

When you are arrested for criminal charges, you might be released on your own recognizance. This means that you wouldn't have to post bail or bond. Instead, you will have to give a written promise that you will appear for your court date, which will be noted on the paper you sign.

There are several factors that are considered when a judge decides if a defendant should be allowed to be released without having to use money to secure the release. The judge will consider the defendant's prior criminal history, the severity of the crime that the defendant is charged with and the ties the defendant has to the community. These ties can include family members, employment and friends within the immediate area.

As part of being released on your own recognizance, you might be subject to special conditions. You might not be able to leave the area. You might also have to check in periodically with a law enforcement officer as part of the agreement.

It is very important that you comply with all the conditions of your release. This release is only a temporary release and can be revoked if you don't comply with the conditions or show up for court as you agreed. You also need make plans for your defense when you are out of jail.

Your defense strategy can have a huge impact on your case. As part of your strategy, you should learn all you can about the laws that pertain to the charge you are facing.

Source: FindLaw, ""Own Recognizance" Release," accessed July 22, 2015

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