Definition of Release on Recognizance in Florida

When someone is arrested for a crime, he or she may be eligible for a “release on recognizance,” pending certain details about the nature of the crime, the offender’s relationship with the community, and the offender’s previous criminal record. A release on recognizance (ROR) is done without bail paid to the court and without any bond posted on behalf of the accused.

Instead, the accused swears in writing that he or she will appear as requested at the given court date or dates for hearings and other court proceedings. Like most states,Florida imposes certain restrictions on what the accused is able to do and whether or not he or she has to check in with a supervisory court officer.

Should you fail to show up to court, you are subject to immediate arrest and a bench warrant will likely be issued for your arrest to bring you back under the control of the court. At that point, it’s unlikely that you will be granted bail or shown much administrative leniency going forward, so if you do accept an ROR agreement, ensure that you live up to your end of the agreement and show up to your scheduled court dates.

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