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What is does it mean to be "released on recognizance"?
According to the Legal Glossary from the National Center of State Courts, being released on recognizance is defined as "the practice which enables an accused awaiting trial to be released without posting any security other than a promise to appear before the court at the proper time. Failure to appear in court at the proper time is a separate crime."

See the Legal Terms Glossary from the Offices of the United States Attorneys for additional terms and definitions.


Last Updated: September 18, 2017

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