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How can I get out of jail after an arrest?

If you find yourself on the wrong side of the law and wind up arrested, you will most likely need to post bail in order to get out. If the offense is minor and the jail is at capacity, you might get lucky and be able to get released on your own recognizance. This is sometimes abbreviated to "ROR," and means that you sign a document promising that, if released, you will return for all of your court appearances.

But it's never wise to count on that happening. Your best choice is to have your attorney arrange for you to be bailed out, either by a friend or relative or a professional bail bonds agency.

For some offenses, there is a pre-set bail amount you will have to pay. The more serious the offense you're accused of is, the likelier it is that you will have to go before a judge to have a bail hearing.

At the hearing, your attorney will argue for low or no bail, and the prosecutor will counter with reasons why bail should be high or denied entirely. However, a little thing called the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution establishes that excessive bail can't be used punitively as pre-trial detention or as a money-making scheme by the government.

Your chances of being released on a low bail or ROR increase with the presence of the following factors:

  • You have close ties within the community in which you were arrested
  • You have lived and worked in the area for a length of time
  • You have relatives living nearby
  • This is your first arrest, or prior arrests were for very minor incidents
  • In the past, you always showed up to your court appearances

While you are awaiting release on bail, it's important that you don't discuss your case with anyone but your Norman criminal defense attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "Getting Out of Jail after You Have Been Arrested," accessed Jan. 19, 2018

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