What Happens When You Are Released on Your Own Recognizance?

To be released from jail, a defendant will typically need to post bail bonds in Maryland or Virginia. In other words, the defendant or a family member can visit a bail bondsman to obtain 24-hour bail bonds in the event the defendant cannot pay the full amount of bail by him- or herself. Sometimes, however, a defendant is released on his or her own recognizance and does not need a bail bonds service.

You can hear more about this alternative to bail bonds by watching this video. This expert explains that a court administrator may interview a defendant and recommend to the court whether the defendant should be released on his or her own recognizance. If so, the defendant can sign a written promise to return to court for all required appearances.