South Florida Bail Bonds | Laws in Florida Regarding Bail Bonds

There are laws that bail bond agents have to know regarding South Florida bail bonds. This law applies for bounty hunters, bail enforcement, fugitive apprehension, and a bail bondsman. The State of Florida’s bail bond law statutes are as follows:

  • Florida Administrative Code (AR), Chapter 4-221
  • Florida Statutes (FS) Chapter 648, Chapter 903

These bail bond statutes do not appear to allow local jurisdictions to modify or change statutes or regulations. 

Florida Requirements for Bail Agents

A bail agent must have or obtain a license (AR 4-221.001, FS 648.26, 648.30) to be able to undertake bail in the State of Florida. There are two kinds of bail bond agent that Florida law recognized. They are the following:

  • A Limited Surety Agent – Defined as a person appointed by an insurer to execute bail bonds [FS 648.25(6)]
  • A Professional Bail Bond Agent – A person who pledges US currency as security for a bail bond [FS 648.25(7)]. A professional bail bond agent has the same requirements as in FS 648.34. In addition to that, he/she should file a detailed financial statement under oath with each application for licensure or renewal [FS 648.35(1)]. He/she should also file the rating plan proposed for use in writing bail bonds. The rating plan must be approved by the office of the Department of Insurance (DOI) [FS 648.26] before the issuance of the license [FS 648.35(2)]. 

Does The State of Florida Allow Bounty Hunters?

The State of Florida has bounty hunter (fugitive apprehension) provisions and does not allow bounty hunters. Apprehension of bail fugitives is only allowed as specified in FS 648.30 (2) & (3)

(2) No person shall represent herself or himself to be a bail enforcement agent, bounty hunter, or other similar titles in Florida.

(3) No person, other than a certified law enforcement officer, shall be authorized to detain, apprehend, or arrest a principal on a bond, wherever issued, unless that person is qualified, licensed, and appointed as provided in this chapter or licensed as a bail bond agent by the state where the bond was written. 

Violation of this is a 3rd class felony. [FS 648.30 (4)]

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September 3, 2019