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§ 5-101. Release on personal recognizance

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCriminal ProcedureEffective: October 1, 2013

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Criminal Procedure (Refs & Annos)
Title 5. Release (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 1. In General (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2013
MD Code, Criminal Procedure, § 5-101
§ 5-101. Release on personal recognizance
Liberal construction of section
(a) This section shall be liberally construed to carry out the purpose of relying on criminal sanctions instead of financial loss to ensure the appearance of a defendant in a criminal case before verdict or pending a new trial.
Belief that minor or adult defendant will appear as required
(b)(1) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, if, from all the circumstances, the court believes that a minor or adult defendant in a criminal case will appear as required for trial before verdict or pending trial, the defendant may be released on personal recognizance.
(2) A failure to appear as required by personal recognizance is subject to the penalties provided in § 5-211 of this title.
Charged crimes not eligible for release
(c) A defendant may not be released on personal recognizance if the defendant is charged with:
(1) a crime listed in § 5-202(d) of this title after having been convicted of a crime listed in § 5-202(d) of this title; or
(2) a crime punishable by life imprisonment without parole.


Added by Acts 2001, c. 10, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2001, c. 35, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2001; Acts 2002, c. 19, § 1, eff. April 9, 2002; Acts 2013, c. 156, § 3, eff. Oct. 1, 2013.
Formerly c. 27, §§ 616 ½, 638A.
MD Code, Criminal Procedure, § 5-101, MD CRIM PROC § 5-101
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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