February 20, 2019By Brian Manchester
One of the most common types of bail is ROR Bail, or “released on own recognizance.”
What Is ROR Bail?
What it actually is, is a promise to appear at all future court proceedings, not requiring any form of cash or property collateral like other forms of bail. There are often conditions imposed by the court that you will read about soon.
Can You Get ROR Bail?
All charges except for homicide are eligible for bail.
Whether or not you can get ROR bail from a court depends on a list of factors such as:
- The severity of the offense.
- Your history of prior offenses and whether you’ve made your past court hearings.
- If you are considered a flight risk.
- Your background check.
- Family and ties to the community.
- Your employment status.
Examples of criminal offenses that are commonly approved for ROR bail are:
- Drug Crimes
- Other non-violent offenses.
Overall, you must not be seen as a threat to the community and the judge is sure you will appear for court. You also must not be seen as a flight risk.
What Happens If ROR Is Granted or Denied?
If ROR is denied then you will need to post bail whether it is with cash or property as collateral.
If it is granted, you may face many stipulations such as:
- Travel restrictions.
- Stay-away orders.
- Rehab classes.
- Check in with a supervising officer.
What Happens If I Violate My ROR Bail Conditions?
Your bail will be revoked and you will be brought back to jail.
Unlike unsecured bail, there’s no monetary penalty set for a bail violation. However, by violating your bail conditions whether it is court-imposed restrictions or not appearing for a court date, you may face steeper legal penalties if convicted of what you were charged with.
What Is Next After ROR Bail?
Generally if you are granted ROR bail, the crime you are charged with is eligible for the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program. The ARD program is often where a lawyer comes in.
An experienced lawyer can successfully help you apply for ARD and have your charges dismissed or expunged after completion of the program.
Those who don’t qualify for ARD often are eligible for probation rather than jail time.
Why Bail Type ROR May Be Denied
Why ROR may be denied is for similar reasons it is granted, but with a few differences:
- The nature of the offense.
- Lack of ties to the community.
- A prior criminal record.
- Past instances of non-compliance with bail.
- Past attempts to flee prosecution.
- Your character.
- Any known addictions to alcohol or drugs.
- All other relevant factors.
What Do I Do If I Need Help With Bail?
Throughout the years, Brian Manchester and his associates have helped their clients be released on ROR bail whether it’s by getting them in touch with the best bondsman serving Pennsylvania or guiding them through the process themselves.