Personal Recognizance Law and Legal Definition

Personal recognizance means the pretrial release of a defendant from jail or arrest by a judicial officer without bail. The defendant is released on the basis of a promise made by him/her to return to court. A defendant is released upon some conditions imposed by the court ordering the release and often without a bond. Sometimes personal recognizance is also called as own recognizance. It is commonly granted in traffic matters, minor and technical crimes.