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Personal Recognizance Definition

Own recognizance, also known as personal recognizance, is a type of release that does not require the defendant to post bail and is based on a written promise by the defendant to appear in court when summoned. If the defendant fails to appear in court or violates a condition of bond, the presiding judge can order them to pay the full amount of the bond and remain incarcerated until their case concludes. A person’s best chance of getting a personal recognizance bond is with a skilled, experienced criminal defense lawyer. If a judge orders a cash, 10%, or surety bond, an attorney can file a Motion to Reduce Bond to Personal Recognizance Bond.

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