How Released on Recognizance Works

Posted on October 27, 2010 · Posted in Bail Bonds

When released on your own recognizance (ROR bond) you basically pay nothing and promise to return to court for all of your hearings. To get a released on recognizance bond truly you must show that you have some ties to the community within which you work or live, have a job, or go to school and have family close by or are supported by family.

These things make you eligible for an ROR bond, If you don’t have clear ties to the community you will most likely have to use a bail bondsman and pay them 10% of the bond. This can be expensive for some people. It’s best to have your attorney request no bond which is simply a released on recognizance bond (R.O.R bond). It also helps if you don’t commit any further violations of the law.

When Released on Recognizance (ROR) Bond and how it works

  • What is paid to the court?: No money is paid to the courts or police department, but the defendant promises to appear for future court proceedings. The accused also promises not to engage in any additional illegal activity. A traffic ticket is somewhat like being released on your own recognizance.
  • Who makes the payment?: No one – you simply sign and walk
  • What happens when all court appearances are made?: Nothing – their is no bond money to refund
  • What happens if the defendant fails to show up to court?: A bail amount will be set and a warrant could be issued for the defendants arrest. A defendant may then require the services of a bail bond company


When considering an released on recognizance you must really keep your word and also keep to your family. Don’t bother hanging out with friends or those who may cause you to break the law again. The next time you get arrested you won’t get an ROR bond, you’ll have to pay a cash bond putting yourself or family into debt.