Ed. Note: The following content was provided by All American Bail Bonds who is a client of KHTS AM-1220.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill in 2012 that would further regulate fugitive recovery agents.
The bill, AB2029 the Fugitive Recovery Persons Act which is now known as California Penal Code1299, brings back regulations that expired in 2010 while also adding a few more.
“The signing of law brings back the original requirements prior to 2010 and adds additional requirements for notifying local law enforcement of bail fugitive recovery agent’s intent on apprehension,” said Inessa Chavez, vice president of All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita. “It must be noted that any failure to comply with the law could result in the alleged offender being charged with a misdemeanor crime.”
The new regulations are outlined here:
- Bail Fugitive Recovery Agents be at least 18 years of age
- Complete 20 hours of classroom education pertinent to the duties and responsibilities of a bail licensee
- Complete a 40 hour power of arrest course certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
- Prohibits a person convicted of a felony from being a bail fugitive recovery person, unless the person is licensed by the Department of Insurance, as specified.
- Persons authorized to apprehend a bail fugitive must notify local law enforcement of his or her intent to apprehend a bail fugitive no more than 6 hours prior to apprehend a bail fugitive, except as specified.
- Any person authorized to apprehend a bail fugitive to carry a certification of completion of the required courses and training programs.
“This revised law will help regulate bail fugitive recovery agents by providing them with more education,” Chavez said. “The new regulations will make things more fair and safe for both parties.”
For more information about the updated penal code, contact All American Bail Bonds in Santa Claritawho has agents available to answer any questions.
All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita does use bail fugitive recovery agents when necessary.
“We’re here for you and we want you to know how our business works,” Chavez said.