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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 20. Department of Criminal Justice Services
Chapter 260. Regulations Relating to Bail Enforcement Agents
10/24/2020

6VAC20-260-260. Recovery of Bailees; Methods of Capture; Standards and Requirements; Limitations.

A. During the recovery of a bailee, a bail enforcement agent shall have a copy of the relevant recognizance for the bailee. He shall also have written authorization from the bailee's bondsman, obtained prior to effecting the capture. The department shall develop the written authorization form to be used in such circumstances.

B. A bail enforcement agent shall not enter a residential structure without first verbally notifying the occupants who are present at the time of the entry.

C. Absent exigent circumstances, a bail enforcement agent shall give prior notification of at least 24 hours to local law enforcement or state police of the intent to apprehend a bailee. In all cases, a bail enforcement agent shall inform local law enforcement within 60 minutes of capturing a bailee.

D. In the apprehension of a bailee, the bail enforcement agent shall provide a written inventory of items taken into possession to both the bailee as well as the legal detainment facility.

E. A bail enforcement agent shall not utilize a canine or security rifle in the performance of bail recovery.

F. A bail enforcement agent may not transfer a bailee to an unlicensed bail bondsman or bail enforcement agent within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

G. A bail enforcement agent shall not break any laws of the Commonwealth in the act of apprehending a bailee.

H. A bail enforcement agent shall adhere to the recovery requirements pursuant to § 19.2-149 of the Code of Virginia.

I. A bail enforcement agent must complete and maintain the information on the recovery of a bailee on a form prescribed by the department.

Statutory Authority

§§ 9.1-102 and 9.1-186.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 26, Issue 01, eff. October 14, 2009.

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