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Released on Own Recognizance – What does it mean?

Tampa defense attorneys are often asked by their clients prior to their first court appearance what sort of bond can they expect.  One of the options the court will consider is for someone to be released on own recognizance (“ROR”).  This occurs when the court releases an accused without them having to post any sort of surety or cash bond.  Florida Statute Section 903.046 provides the relevant Florida law concerning the factors for a Judge to consider when issuing a bond, we provided a link for your review.

Generally, the court’s reasoning is that the accused has more to lose by disappearing and not showing up for court.  Released on own recognizance is most common for individuals with minor criminal charges, a long history of living in the county and some sort of interest in the county, like owning a home, a job, etc.  Unfortunately once an individual fails to appear for court, they likely will never be given the opportunity for ROR ever again.  We discuss elsewhere on our Tampa defense attorney blog the other implications of failing to appear, including a new felony charge.

If you or someone you know has questions about bond and/or getting out of jail, contact the Tampa defense attorneys of Hackworth Law for a free case review.  We will work to get you or your loved one out of jail as quickly as possible.   Thanks for your time, if you want to contact one of our Tampa defense attorneys immediately, please use the “contact us now” tab in the upper right hand of the website.  We appreciate you taking the time to check out our blog article and we look forward to working with you.