release on one's own recognizance
- When a judge decides to allow a person who is charged with a crime to stay out of jail before the trial, without needing to pay bail
- John hoped for a release on his own recognizance since he had a clean record and stable job.
- The judge granted an release on his own recognizance due to her consistent community involvement.
- Despite the crime charged, the defendant was released on his own recognizance because of his solid standing in the community.