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Texas Laws Regarding Bail Bonds & Bounty Hunters

Below is basic information on bail bond laws for Texas concerning Bail Enforcement, Bounty Hunters, Fugitive Apprehension and Bail Bondsman. This is not legal advice. Laws change frequently, please check the links provided for possible updates and current information.

  1. Bail bond law state statutes:
      Occupations Code, Chapter 1704

      Revised Civil Statutes (RCS) of the State of Texas, Vol. 7A, Article 2372p-3

      Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP), Ch. 14 Arrest Without Warrant, Ch. 17 Bail, & Ch. 22 Forfeiture of Bail

      Unless otherwise specified, all references below will be to sections of Ch. 1704, Occupations Code.

    • 1) Concerning local governance, the bail industry is regulated in all counties with a population of 110,000 or more (and in smaller counties on an optional basis) by County Bail Bond Boards (CBBB) [Sec. 1704.051] which have broad latitude in administering the act. The CBBB can exercise powers incidental and necessary to administer the act and can supervise and regulate each phase of the bonding business in the county. [1704.101(1)-(9)]
    • 2) In counties without a CBBB, regulation is by the sheriff and by the judges within that county [CCP 17.11, 17.13]
  2. Licensing requirements for Bail agents:
  3. Bail agent’s arrest authority.
  4. Bounty hunter (fugitive apprehension) provisions:
  5. Links to State and Local Authorities:
      State Government
      Department of Insurance

Please check with the Texas’s Department of Insurance, Licensing Board and/or Local Law Enforcement for the most recent updates. If you know of any updates to Texas’s bail bond laws, please provide as much detail as possible and send to us using our contact form.