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Release Without Bail

Can I be released from jail without having to pay bail?

It is possible to bail someone out of jail without having to pay any money. This is done through something call an “O.R.” release. An “O.R.” release means that the court agrees to let you out of custody on your own recognizance without the need to post bail.


How is bail usually set?

Bail is generally set according to the County bail schedule.  That is, each county has published a list of offenses and the corresponding presumptive bail amount.  Judges have a great deal of discretion in deciding whether to require bail or to release a defendant on his or her own recognizance.    In determining bail, the court will assume that every allegation in the police report is true and balance that assumption with the following factors meant to assure that client will appear in court assuming bail or OR release is granted:

  1. Prior criminal history as well as any prior failures to appear in court,
  2. ties to the community – this includes work history, family and real estate owned in the community.
  3. Risk of violence into the community


Can a lawyer help reduce or remove bail bond fees?

Your Summit Defense attorney will make a strong argument that might save you thousands of dollars in bail bond fees. Our first priority when clients are in custody is to do everything legally possible to secure their release quickly and with the least cost to our clients.


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