What would be the chances of her getting ROR? 13 Answers as of June 27, 2013

She has an 18-month old little girl and she is missing her mommy. Her bond has been set at $15,000 and there is no way I can afford it. She was born at the same time, she has lived here all her life and she has plenty of family ties here. What can I do to help? This is her first time being arrested. Is there anyone that might help us pro bono at by chance? This would be a great blessing and to help my daughter get back on track, face her charges and get what she needs to resolve this.

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Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
Some courts have a court referral service for persons incapable of making bond. Otherwise, at her first appearance have her request representation by court-appointed counsel so that a bond reduction motion can be filed.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 10/8/2012
Law Office of Mark Bruce
Law Office of Mark Bruce | Mark Corwin Bruce
She is entitled to a public defender, who will likely argue for OR. A lot depends on her past record and the seriousness of the present crime. $15,000 bail indicates the crime is likely a low-level felony.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/4/2012
Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
They sound like compelling facts. If there is no flight risk and the charge is minor, give it a shot.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 6/27/2013
Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
If a bond has already been set by a court, she would need to ask for reconsideration of bail. In Minnesota, a court will often order a "bail study" conducted by the local probation department. Such a study would make a recommendation to the court for any modification of the existing bail. If she qualifies for a court appointed attorney she is entitled to have one representing her.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 10/4/2012
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
If you are indigent Legal Aid will handle the case, but once a bail is set it will not be changed unless there are "changed circumstances". If it was a serious felony the bail will be high even on a first offense and the only thing you can do is to hope that the case is resolved with a sentence of probation so that she will get out of jail and be able to take case of her children.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 10/4/2012
    Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
    The person you are speaking of should already have an attorney. These issues should be discussed with the attorney to request a modification of the bail. Maybe her attorney has already requested ROR in the case. I am not sure, but you should see if that is the case with her attorney. The points you mention can be considered by the Judge to release her on her own recognizance, but it also depends on the nature of the charges, her criminal history and whether she is a risk to flee or a danger to the community. You might want to consider retaining private counsel if the public defender was assigned.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 10/4/2012
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    Whether or not a bail can be reduced or whether or not conditions other than bail may be set depends greatly on the facts of the case, the particular charge and past history. It, unfortunately, has little to do with whether the defendant has a child. You should hire legal counsel.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 10/4/2012
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    She should hire an attorney. If she can not afford one she should apply to the court for a court appointed attorney. usually at the time bail is being discussed that is the time to try to get Released on Own Recognizance. However it may still be possible to have an attorney try to get her ROR.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/4/2012
    Mace J. Yampolsky, LTD
    Mace J. Yampolsky, LTD | Mace Yampolsky
    Depends on the charge.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 6/27/2013
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    You do not say why she is in jail, what the charges are, and what her criminal history is.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/4/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    IF the prosecutor thinks she need to sit in jail for 6 months, do you think that is what she needs to resolve the case? Who will determine what she needs? Children are often the victims when parents commit crime. That is just life. She is probably not getting an ROR bond. You are probably NOT going to find a quality attorney who will do the job free, because gas costs $4.00/gallon.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/27/2013
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    It depends on the charges. You allude to her community ties and that bears on risk of flight. The other issue is danger to the community. If this was a crime of violence or if she has a history of violence, her bail will probably remain the same.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/4/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    The pro bono attorney is the public defender. You need to hire private counsel to represent her and make a motion to reduce bond, as well as have a hearing on it. Perhaps you could hire an attorney to make the motion and have the hearing, it is called a special appearance and would be limited to just that.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 10/4/2012
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