Own Recognizance

A defendant may seek release on his or her Own Recognizance usually called "O.R." in lieu of bail. O. R. is a written promise to appear.

Any person may be released on O.R. unless charged with than a capital offense.

A person charged with a misdemeanor has the right to O.R., unless the court makes a finding that an O.R. release (1) will compromise public safety, or (2) will not reasonably assure the appearance of the defendant as required.

A person charged with a felony is not as a matter of right entitled to O.R., but may be released O.R. in the court's discretion. However, a person charged with a violent felony, may be released O.R., only after a hearing is held in open court before a judge of magistrate addressing specified issues. , after giving notice and a reasonable opportunity to be heard to the prosecuting attorney.

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