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In what instances are you released on your own recognizance opposed to having to pay bail?

I had a couple friends get arrested for similar stuff last month and one got released on his own recognizance and the other 2 had to post bail. How is that determined? And if someone gets released on their own recognizance should they still get an attorney for court?

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    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    Prior record, and type of offense.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 3/5/2013
    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    Depending on the charges, you should always have an attorney for court. With regards to the bail vs. OR release, judges take many things into consideration including, but not limited to, nature of the offense, ties to the community, assessment of being a flight risk or danger to a community, etc. The reason why some people get OR and others don't is really impossible to explain.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 2/28/2013
    Randy M. Lish | Randy M. Lish, Attorney at Law
    2155 N. Freedom Blvd.
    Provo, UT 84604
    (801) 235-9400
    A release on recognizance is only granted where a judge is convinced that the defendant will appear voluntarily for the next hearing. If there is a failure to appear, or any other indicating the defendant may not appear, the judge usually will require some sort of bail.
    Answer Applies to: Utah - Replied: 2/28/2013
    William L. Welch, III | William L. Welch, III Attorney
    111 South Calvert Street
    Baltimore, MD 21045
    (410) 385-5630
    Bail depends on the risk that an individual might failed to appear for court and the risk that that individual poses to public safety, including himself or herself. Different commissioners or judges might see the same risk differently.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland - Replied: 2/28/2013
    Jeff Yeh | Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    3810 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1110
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    (213) 446-2495
    Depends on the Judge, and how good your lawyer is. Getting OR and getting an attorney are completely separate issues. Just because you got OR, it doesn't mean anything as far as winning the case is concerned.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 2/28/2013
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