According to some experts, approximately 60 percent of the people sitting in jail are there because they can't afford to make bail. If you don't have any cash but you need to get released, you may be wondering if there's anyway you can get out of jail for free. Your options are limited, but here are two ways it could be done.
Released on Your Own Recognizance
The best way to get out of jail for free is to petition to be released on your own recognizance (ROR). Essentially, the judge releases you from jail based on your promise that you'll show up for your court appointments as required. There's no cash or property bail or a contract with a bondsman needed to gain your freedom. Once the judge grants the motion for a ROR, you can walk out of the courtroom and go home.
However, RORs only typically granted in cases where defendants aren't likely to flee or pose a risk to the community. To be approved for one, you must have strong ties to your community, little to no previous criminal record, and you shouldn't be charged with a major offense. For instance, you're more likely to be approved for a ROR if you have a steady job, your family lives in the area, and you're only charged with a misdemeanor.
Your attorney can help you determine if you're a good fit for a ROR and fight on your behalf to get one. Thus, be sure to hire a lawyer as soon as possible to increase the odds you'll be able to get out of jail using this method.
Find a Charity
A second way you can get out of jail without paying any money is to contact a charitable organization that provides this kind of financial support. There are many organizations who feel the bail system is unfair and will donate money to people so they can pay what the court is asking and get released. For instance, The Bronx Project uses donated funds to get people out of jail in New York.
Be aware, though, that these organizations may have qualification requirements applicants must meet to get help. For instance, the organization may only pay bail for people charged with specific or minor crimes, such as protesting without a permit. Be sure to do your due diligence and research the organization to ensure you are fully aware of what's required to avoid unpleasant surprises later on.
For more information about getting bailed out of jail when you're broke or to help someone get released, contact a bail bond company.