Own Recognizance ("OR")
Release - Utah Criminal Attorney
If you are facing criminal charges in Utah, a court may issue an arrest warrant
and order that you be held in jail while the case is
pending. Police may also arrest you immediately before the case is even
filed under some circumstances. An "own recognizance" or "OR" release
is one option that may allow you to be released from jail while the
case is pending.
Based in Salt Lake City, criminal
Stephen Howard has successfully protected his clients' rights in felony
cases ranging from homicide to DUI. Contact
us now to schedule an initial consultation
When will a Utah criminal court order an OR release?
“own recognizance” or “OR” release from jail may be allowed by a
court in Utah criminal cases where the court is convinced that the
defendant is not a flight risk and does not pose a risk to the alleged
victims or to the community in general. Other factors that may
considered by the court may include hardships that the defendant may be
faced with if he/she is incarcerated during the pendency of the
criminal case, the defendant’s prior criminal history, the number of
charges in the current case, the severity of the charges, injuries or
damages alleged to have been caused by the defendant, the length of
time it is anticipated that it will take to resolve the case, or other
A criminal defendant does not have a "right" to be released on his or
her own recognizance. In most cases, a defedant has a constitutional
right to have bail set at a reasonable amount. But the decision to
grant an "OR" release is discretionary with the court. Having an experienced
on your side can give you the best chance of obtaining an own
Are there other alternatives for release from jail?
If a judge refuses to grant an own recognizance release, there may be
other alternatives to securing your release from jail while your case
is pending. If bail has been set, you may post a cash bail or you may
consider using a bail bonds company to post a bond. Before posting a
bond, you should also consider whether the court is likely to consider
a request to reduce the
amount of your bail
. In some cases, even where a judge
refuses to grant an own recognizance release, the court may be willing
to allow a supervised
release from jail
. A bail reduction or a supervised release
agreement may save you thousands of dollars in bail bond costs.
Choosing a Criminal Defense Attorney in Salt Lake City
you are facing criminal charges in Utah, it is important to contact an
defense attorney immediately. The best
in your criminal
case can often depend on having your attorney’s
involvement in all stages of the case. Based in Salt Lake
City, criminal defense lawyer
Stephen Howard provides legal services to clients throughout Utah. He
has achieved not guilty verdicts, dismissals, and
appellate reversals in some of the most serious criminal charges on the
books in Utah.
us today to
schedule an initial consultation.
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