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    This is a summary of the law.

    THIS LAW IS EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2001.

    As Introduced Section 1. That sections 3905.01, 3905.011, 3905.012,
    3905.48, 3905.49, 3905.55, 3905.86, and 3905.99 be
    HELP - Field amended, section 3905.86 (3905.81) be amended for the
    Definitions for purpose of adopting a new section number as indicated
    this Page in parentheses, and new section 3905.86 and sections
    2927.27, 3905.83, 3905.84, 3905.841, 3905.85, 3905.851,
    3905.861, 3905.862, 3905.87, 3905.88, 3905.89, 3905.90,
    3905.91, 3905.92, 3905.921, 3905.93, 3905.931,
    3905.932, 3905.933, 3905.934, 3905.94, 3905.941, and
    3905.95 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as
    follows:

    Sec. 2927.27. (A) NO PERSON, OTHER THAN A LAW
    ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, SHALL APPREHEND, DETAIN, OR ARREST
    A PRINCIPAL ON BOND, WHEREVER ISSUED, UNLESS THAT
    PERSON MEETS ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

    (1) THE PERSON IS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

    (a) QUALIFIED, LICENSED, AND APPOINTED AS A SURETY BAIL
    BOND AGENT UNDER SECTIONS 3905.83 TO 3905.95 OF THE
    REVISED CODE;

    (b) LICENSED AS A SURETY BAIL BOND AGENT BY THE STATE
    WHERE THE BOND WAS WRITTEN;

    (c) LICENSED AS A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR UNDER CHAPTER
    4749. OF THE REVISED CODE;

    (d) LICENSED AS A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BY THE STATE
    WHERE THE BOND WAS WRITTEN;

    (e) AN OFF-DUTY PEACE OFFICER, AS DEFINED IN SECTION
    2921.51 OF THE REVISED CODE.


    (2) THE PERSON, PRIOR TO APPREHENDING, DETAINING, OR
    ARRESTING THE PRINCIPAL, HAS ENTERED INTO A WRITTEN
    CONTRACT WITH THE SURETY OR WITH A LICENSED SURETY BAIL
    BOND AGENT APPOINTED BY THE SURETY, WHICH CONTRACT SETS
    FORTH THE NAME OF THE PRINCIPAL WHO IS TO BE
    APPREHENDED, DETAINED, OR ARRESTED.

    FOR PURPOSES OF DIVISION(A) (2) OF THIS SECTION,
    "SURETY" HAS THE SAME MEANING AS IN SECTION 3905.83 OF
    THE REVISED CODE.

    (3) THE PERSON, PRIOR TO APPREHENDING, DETAINING, OR
    ARRESTING THE PRINCIPAL, HAS NOTIFIED THE LOCAL LAW
    ENFORCEMENT AGENCY HAVING JURISDICTION OVER THE AREA IN
    WHICH SUCH ACTIVITIES WILL BE PERFORMED AND HAS
    PROVIDED ANY FORM OF IDENTIFICATION OR OTHER
    INFORMATION REQUESTED BY THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.

    (B) NO PERSON SHALL REPRESENT THE PERSON'S SELF TO BE A
    BAIL ENFORCEMENT AGENT OR BOUNTY HUNTER, OR CLAIM ANY
    SIMILAR TITLE, IN THIS STATE.

    (C) (1) WHOEVER VIOLATES THIS SECTION IS GUILTY OF
    ILLEGAL BAIL BOND AGENT PRACTICES.

    (2) A VIOLATION OF DIVISION (A) OF THIS SECTION IS A
    MISDEMEANOR OF THE FIRST DEGREE OR, IF THE OFFENDER
    PREVIOUSLY HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF OR PLEADED GUILTY TO
    TWO OR MORE VIOLATIONS OF DIVISION (A) OF THIS SECTION,
    A FELONY OF THE THIRD DEGREE.

    (3) A VIOLATION OF DIVISION (B) OF THIS SECTION IS A
    MISDEMEANOR OF THE FIRST DEGREE OR, IF THE OFFENDER
    PREVIOUSLY HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF OR PLEADED GUILTY TO
    TWO OR MORE VIOLATIONS OF DIVISION (B) OF THIS SECTION,
    A FELONY OF THE THIRD DEGREE.

    Sec. 3905.01. (A) No person shall procure an
    application or quote premiums for, discuss coverages
    of, or solicit, negotiate, effect, procure, place,
    write, deliver, renew, or bind, a policy of insurance,
    INCLUDING ANY FIDELITY, SURETY, OR GUARANTY BOND,
    through any medium for risks residing, located, or to
    be performed in this state, unless the person is
    licensed by the superintendent of insurance in
    accordance with this chapter.

    (B) Division (A) of this section does not apply to any
    of the following persons:

    (1) An insurer as defined in section 3901.32 of the
    Revised Code;

    (2) Any person who furnishes information regarding
    group insurance, enrolls individuals in group insurance
    plans, issues certificates under such plans, or
    otherwise assists in administering such plans, if no
    commission or other form of compensation related to
    premium or sales volume is paid for such services;

    (3) Any employee of a creditor with respect to
    insurance products made available only in connection
    with a credit transaction, including credit life
    insurance, credit disability or accident and health
    insurance, credit property insurance, mortgage life
    insurance, mortgage accident and health insurance,
    involuntary unemployment insurance, individual life
    insurance, and individual disability or accident and
    health insurance, if the entire premium is financed as
    part of the credit transaction and the following
    conditions are met:

    (a) If the insurance product is an individual life
    insurance policy, a licensed agent is responsible for
    the insurance transaction.

    (b) If the employee of the creditor is paid by the
    insurance agent or by the insurance company, the
    employee holds a limited authority license.

    For purposes of division (B)(3) of this section,
    "credit property insurance" means insurance covering
    risks of loss, damage, and destruction of property used
    as security for a credit transaction, which insurance
    may also cover other property that is merely incidental
    to the property used as security for the credit
    transaction.

    (4) Any employer, or officer or employee of an
    employer, to the extent that the employer, officer, or
    employee is engaged in the administration or operation
    of any employee benefits program involving the use of
    insurance for the employer's employees or the employees
    of a subsidiary or affiliate of the employer, provided
    that the employer, officer, or employee is not
    compensated, either directly or indirectly, in any
    manner by an insurance agent or by the insurance
    company issuing the insurance;

    (5) An adjuster employed by or representing an insurer
    in the adjustment of claims or a public insurance
    adjuster holding a certificate of authority issued
    under Chapter 3951. of the Revised Code when performing
    the duties of a public insurance adjuster.

    (C) Division (A) of this section does not apply to any
    of the following activities when performed by an
    employee of, and at the direction of, an insurer or
    licensed insurance agent:

    (1) The acceptance of premiums other than the initial
    premium;

    (2) The gathering of information, such as names,
    addresses, expiration dates of current insurance, and
    names of current insurers;

    (3) The setting of appointments for insurance agents,
    provided that the person setting the appointment does
    not communicate any information about insurance;

    (4) The servicing of existing insurance policies issued
    by or through the employee's employer, provided the
    servicing is not part of a solicitation;

    (5) The performance of clerical or ministerial duties.

    (D) The superintendent may adopt rules in accordance
    with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to set forth the
    specific acts that comprise any of the activities
    described in this section, the performance of which
    either requires or does not require licensure as an
    agent.

    Sec. 3905.011. (A) As used in this section and sections
    3905.012 and 3905.013 of the Revised Code, "insurer"
    has the same meaning as in section 3901.32 of the
    Revised Code.

    (B) Any person that is licensed as an agent under
    section 3905.02 or 3905.18 of the Revised Code is
    eligible to be appointed by one or more insurers
    authorized to do business in this state.

    (C)(1) Prior to BY appointing an agent, an insurer
    shall certify CERTIFIES to the superintendent of
    insurance, in accordance with rules adopted by the
    superintendent under section 3905.013 of the Revised
    Code, that the person is competent, financially
    responsible, and suitable to represent the insurer.

    (2) No agent shall represent to the public that the
    agent has authority to represent a particular insurer
    until the insurer has acknowledged that authority by
    appointment of the agent in accordance with division
    (C)(1) of this section.

    (D)(1) No insurer shall pay a commission, fee, or other
    type of consideration, or give any other thing of
    value, to a person that is required to be licensed by
    the superintendent under this chapter for the sale of,
    or for any direct or indirect connection with the sale
    of, any insurance sold by or on behalf of the insurer,
    but is not so licensed.

    (2) Nothing in this section prohibits an insurer from
    entering into a compensation agreement with a creditor
    with respect to insurance products made available only
    in connection with a credit transaction, including
    credit life insurance, credit disability or accident
    and health insurance, credit property insurance,
    mortgage life insurance, mortgage accident and health
    insurance, involuntary unemployment insurance,
    individual life insurance, and individual disability or
    accident and health insurance, if the entire premium is
    financed as part of the credit transaction. For
    purposes of division (D)(2) of this section, "credit
    property insurance" has the same meaning as in division
    (B)(3) of section 3905.01 of the Revised Code.

    Sec. 3905.012. (A)(1) Except as provided in division
    (A)(2) of this section, any person licensed as an agent
    under section 3905.02 or, 3905.18, OR 3905.85 of the
    Revised Code, or appointed as a solicitor under section
    3905.03 of the Revised Code, may at any time surrender
    any or all licenses held by the person.

    (2) No agent shall surrender the agent's licenses if
    the superintendent of insurance is investigating any
    allegation of wrongdoing by the agent or has initiated
    proceedings under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code and
    notice of an opportunity for a hearing has been issued
    to the agent, and any attempt to so surrender is
    invalid.

    (B)(1) If an insurer or agent cancels the appointment
    of an agent or solicitor due to suspected fraud,
    misrepresentation, theft, conversion, or any other
    culpable misappropriation, the insurer or agent shall
    promptly notify the superintendent. The notice shall
    include a complete statement of the facts and the
    reasons for the cancellation.

    (2) In the absence of fraud or actual malice, an
    insurer or agent is immune from any civil liability
    that otherwise might be incurred or imposed as a result
    of any action taken by the insurer or agent to comply
    with division (B)(1) of this section.

    (C) If an agent's license is surrendered, revoked, or
    suspended, all appointments held by the agent are void.
    If a new license is issued to that person or if that
    person's previous license is reinstated, any
    appointment of the person to represent an insurer or
    agent must be made in accordance with the requirements
    of this chapter.

    (D)(1) Any agent, other than a corporation,
    partnership, or limited liability company, who is no
    longer engaged in the business of insurance in any
    capacity for which an agent's license is required may
    apply to the superintendent for inactive status. The
    superintendent may grant such status only if the
    superintendent is satisfied that the person is not
    engaged in and does not intend to engage in any of the
    activities set forth in section 3905.01 of the Revised
    Code that requires an agent's license.

    (2) A person who has been granted inactive status is
    exempt from any continuing education requirements
    imposed under this chapter.

    (3) The superintendent may adopt rules in accordance
    with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to establish
    procedures for applying for inactive status, criteria
    used to determine eligibility for such status, and
    standards and procedures for transferring from inactive
    to active status.

    (E) The superintendent may suspend or revoke a license,
    or take any other disciplinary action authorized by
    this chapter, regardless of whether the person is
    appointed or otherwise authorized to represent an
    insurer or agent.

    Sec. 3905.48. (A) No person, unless the person has
    complied with division (B) of this section, shall be
    permitted to take an examination for a license as an
    agent to engage in the sale of any of the following
    types of insurance:

    (1) Life insurance, annuity contracts, variable annuity
    contracts, and variable life insurance;

    (2) Sickness and accident insurance;

    (3) All lines of property and casualty insurance;

    (4) SURETY BAIL BONDS;

    (5) All other lines of insurance for which an
    examination is required for licensing, except title
    insurance.

    (B) No person shall be permitted to take an examination
    described in division (A) of this section unless either
    of the following applies:

    (1) The person has earned a bachelor's or associate's
    degree in insurance in an accredited institution;

    (2) The person has been granted a diploma for
    successfully completing a high school curriculum under
    section 3313.61 of the Revised Code or a certificate of
    high school equivalence under rule 3301-41-1 of the
    Administrative Code, or been granted a comparable
    diploma or certificate by another state, and has
    successfully completed at least forty hours of study in
    a program of insurance education approved by the
    superintendent of insurance in consultation with the
    insurance agent education advisory council under
    criteria established by the superintendent.

    Sec. 3905.49. (A) As used in this section:

    (1) "Insurer" has the same meaning as in section
    3901.32 of the Revised Code.

    (2) "Refusal to issue or renew" means the decision of
    the superintendent of insurance not to process either
    the initial application for a license as an agent or
    the renewal of such a license.

    (3) "Revocation" means the permanent termination of all
    authority to hold any license as an agent in this
    state.

    (4) "Surrender for cause" means the voluntary
    termination of all authority to hold any license as an
    agent in this state, in lieu of a revocation or
    suspension order.

    (5) "Suspension" means the termination of all authority
    to hold any license as an agent in this state, for
    either a specified period of time or an indefinite
    period of time and under any terms or conditions
    determined by the superintendent.

    (B) The superintendent may suspend, revoke, or refuse
    to issue or renew any license as an agent, SURETY BAIL
    BOND AGENT, surplus line broker, or limited insurance
    representative, or impose any other sanction authorized
    under this chapter, for one or more of the following
    reasons:

    (1) Obtaining or attempting to obtain any license or
    appointment through misrepresentation or fraud,
    including making any materially untrue statement in an
    application for a license or appointment;

    (2) Violating or failing to comply with any insurance
    law, rule, subpoena, consent agreement, or order of the
    superintendent;

    (3) Misappropriating or converting to the person's own
    use any moneys belonging to policyholders, prospective
    policyholders, beneficiaries, insurance companies,
    SURETIES, PRINCIPALS, or others received in the course
    of the person's insurance business;

    (4) Failing to timely submit an application for
    insurance. For purposes of division (B)(4) of this
    section, a submission is considered timely if it occurs
    within the time period expressly provided for by the
    insurer, or within seven days after the agent accepts a
    premium or an order to bind from a policyholder or
    applicant, whichever is later.

    (5) Knowingly misrepresenting the terms, benefits,
    value, cost, or effective dates of any actual or
    proposed insurance policy or, contract, OR BOND;

    (6) Being convicted of a felony;

    (7) Being convicted of a misdemeanor that involves the
    misuse or theft of money or property belonging to
    another, fraud, forgery, dishonest acts, or breach of a
    fiduciary duty, or that is based on any act or omission
    relating to the business of insurance, securities, or
    financial services;

    (8) Committing an unfair trade act or practice under
    any section of Title XXXIX of the Revised Code or any
    rule adopted thereunder;

    (9) Having an insurance license suspended or revoked in
    any other state, province, or territory;

    (10) Forging or causing the forgery of another's name
    to any document related to or used in an insurance
    transaction;

    (11) Possessing or using any unauthorized materials
    during a licensing or continuing education examination
    or cheating on a licensing or continuing education
    examination;

    (12) Failing to disclose to an applicant for insurance
    or policyholder upon accepting a premium or an order to
    bind coverage from the applicant or policyholder, that
    the person has not been appointed as agent by the
    insurer and is not an appointed solicitor of an
    appointed agent;

    (13) Having any professional license suspended or
    revoked as a result of a mishandling of funds or breach
    of fiduciary responsibilities;

    (14) Causing or permitting a policyholder or applicant
    for insurance to designate the person or the person's
    spouse, parent, child, or sibling as the beneficiary of
    a policy or annuity sold by the person, unless the
    person or a relative of the person is the insured or
    applicant;

    (15) Failing to provide a written response to the
    department of insurance within thirty days after
    receipt of any written inquiry from the department;

    (16) Failing to notify the superintendent of any change
    in the person's address, within thirty days after the
    change occurs, as required by section 3905.54 of the
    Revised Code;

    (17) Transferring or placing insurance with an insurer
    other than the insurer expressly chosen by the
    applicant for insurance or policyholder without the
    consent of the applicant or policyholder or absent
    extenuating circumstances;

    (18) Engaging in any fraudulent, DISHONEST, or coercive
    practice in connection with the business of insurance;

    (19) Failing to inform a policyholder or applicant for
    insurance of the identity of the insurer or insurers,
    or the identity of any other insurance agent, general
    agent, surplus line broker, or licensee known to be
    involved in procuring, placing, or continuing the
    insurance for the policyholder or applicant, upon the
    binding of the coverage;

    (20) In the case of an agent that is a corporation,
    limited liability company, or partnership, failing to
    report an individual licensee's violation to the
    department when the violation was known or should have
    been known by one or more of the partners, officers,
    managers, or members of the corporation, limited
    liability company, or partnership;

    (21) Submitting or using a document in the conduct of
    the business of insurance when the person knew or
    should have known that the document contained the
    forged signature of another person;

    (22) Misrepresenting the person's qualifications or
    using in any way a professional designation that has
    not been conferred upon the person by the appropriate
    accrediting organization;

    (23) Obtaining a premium loan or causing a premium loan
    to be made to or in the name of an insured without that
    person's knowledge and written authorization;

    (24) Failing to notify the superintendent of any
    disciplinary action taken by the insurance authority of
    another state, within sixty days after the action was
    taken, as required by section 3905.54 of the Revised
    Code;

    (25) Failing to file any of the reports or notices
    required under this chapter;

    (26) Submitting an application for insurance, or
    causing the issuance of an insurance policy or
    contract, on behalf of an applicant who did not request
    or authorize the insurance. Division (B)(26) of this
    section does not apply to any policy issued by an other
    than life insurance company.

    (27) Using paper, software, or any other materials of
    or provided by an insurer after the insurer has
    terminated the authority of the licensee, if the use of
    such materials would cause a reasonable person to
    believe that the licensee was acting on behalf of or
    otherwise representing the insurer;

    (28) Providing misleading, deceptive, or untrue
    information to an applicant for insurance or a
    policyholder regarding a particular insurance agent,
    company, or product;

    (29) Soliciting, procuring an application for, or
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    Bail Bondsman Application Link

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    i have a qestion about being convicted of a felony? if a person was convicted of a felony for drug trafficing and was sentenced to and completed a 18 month drug treatment program and graduated the program and the judge dismissed the trafficing indictment would that person be able to pursue a career in bail enforcement?
    appreciate any information you can give.

    thank you ,

    ray

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    Bail Fugitive Recovery Agent
    California

    [b]Bail fugitive recovery agents must be 18 years old, have no felony convictions, complete a specified training courses, and notify local law enforcement of their intent to apprehend a bail fugitive no more than 6 hours before doing so.

    They must have written authorization from the bond agent when making an arrest, and cannot forcibly enter any premises, except pursuant to certain existing provisions of law governing arrest by a private person.

    Bounty hunters cannot represent themselves as law officers, or wear badges or uniforms that a reasonable person might mistake for a government agency.

    All bounty hunters must carry with them a certification of completion of required courses and training programs.

    Out of state bounty hunters must be licensed in their home states, or be licensed bail agents.

    Private detectives need not obtain a separate bounty hunter license to operate in the state.

    This law will remain in effect only until January 1, 2005. Cal. Penal Code § 1299.

    In addition, bounty hunter or bond agent who captures defendant in California must go through extradition procedures to transport him interstate. Cal. Penal Code § 847.5 (1995 West); Ouzts v. Maryland Nat'l Ins. Co., 505 F.2d 547 (9th Cir.1974).

    After an arrest of a defendant on bail, the surety must deliver him to the court or police within 48 hours of the arrest if it occurs within California; if the arrest occurs out of state, the surety must deliver the defendant within 48 hours of their entering California. Cal. Penal Code § 1301.

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    thanks for the info....very helpful in my pusuit of getting licensed in this state. although I feel that is not regulated correctly it still gives a person the right to become licensed and insured which is fine with me. Thanks again

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    where to get the required class

    was wondering where i have to go to take this class ..hopefully some where close to toledo..can someone help me out

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    Wink nevermind

    did some searching and found out where and how many classes

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    bail jumper listings

    Is there a place online that list bail jumpers by city, county state? or even a site that list outstanding warrants for the same?

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    Red face anyone else in ohio need this info???


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    Thanks for that quick responce Toledo. I will save this site in my computer for future reference.

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    I live on the Georgia Alabama line . Is it possible for me to be a Bail Enforcment Agent in both states. If this is possible what procedures do I need to take to do this.

    Thanks
    Wade Norton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert W Norton
    Is it possible for me to be a Bail Enforcment Agent in both states. If this is possible what procedures do I need to take to do this.
    Wade,

    Here is a good place to start: http://www.fugitiverecovery.com/laws/ Once you read what they have posted here then I would verify the information to insure it is up to date. Here in the state of Washington there are new changes in the mill.

    Hope this helps, and best of luck!

    Larry

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    Hi,
    I have completed my course for bounty hunting a couple months ago, I now have my certificate of graduation and I am licensed with a badge I also have my certification for Cuffs,Baton, and OC Spray.
    I cannot wait until I can actually get out there to do some of the work! It is a little hard to find opportunities then what you might think.
    Good luck to everyone who is a bounty hunter and to those of you taking the class.
    Sincerely,
    Maria

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    Please be aware of the following law for the State of Ohio:

    Sec. 2927.27. (A) NO PERSON, OTHER THAN A LAW
    ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, SHALL APPREHEND, DETAIN, OR ARREST
    A PRINCIPAL ON BOND, WHEREVER ISSUED, UNLESS THAT
    PERSON MEETS ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

    (1) THE PERSON IS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

    (a) QUALIFIED, LICENSED, AND APPOINTED AS A SURETY BAIL
    BOND AGENT UNDER SECTIONS 3905.83 TO 3905.95 OF THE
    REVISED CODE;

    (b) LICENSED AS A SURETY BAIL BOND AGENT BY THE STATE
    WHERE THE BOND WAS WRITTEN;

    (c) LICENSED AS A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR UNDER CHAPTER
    4749. OF THE REVISED CODE;

    (d) LICENSED AS A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BY THE STATE
    WHERE THE BOND WAS WRITTEN;

    (e) AN OFF-DUTY PEACE OFFICER, AS DEFINED IN SECTION
    2921.51 OF THE REVISED CODE.

    (2) THE PERSON, PRIOR TO APPREHENDING, DETAINING, OR
    ARRESTING THE PRINCIPAL, HAS ENTERED INTO A WRITTEN
    CONTRACT WITH THE SURETY OR WITH A LICENSED SURETY BAIL
    BOND AGENT APPOINTED BY THE SURETY, WHICH CONTRACT SETS
    FORTH THE NAME OF THE PRINCIPAL WHO IS TO BE
    APPREHENDED, DETAINED, OR ARRESTED.

    FOR PURPOSES OF DIVISION(A) (2) OF THIS SECTION,
    "SURETY" HAS THE SAME MEANING AS IN SECTION 3905.83 OF
    THE REVISED CODE.

    (3) THE PERSON, PRIOR TO APPREHENDING, DETAINING, OR
    ARRESTING THE PRINCIPAL, HAS NOTIFIED THE LOCAL LAW
    ENFORCEMENT AGENCY HAVING JURISDICTION OVER THE AREA IN
    WHICH SUCH ACTIVITIES WILL BE PERFORMED AND HAS
    PROVIDED ANY FORM OF IDENTIFICATION OR OTHER
    INFORMATION REQUESTED BY THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.

    (B) NO PERSON SHALL REPRESENT THE PERSON'S SELF TO BE A
    BAIL ENFORCEMENT AGENT OR BOUNTY HUNTER, OR CLAIM ANY
    SIMILAR TITLE, IN THIS STATE.

    (C) (1) WHOEVER VIOLATES THIS SECTION IS GUILTY OF
    ILLEGAL BAIL BOND AGENT PRACTICES.

    (2) A VIOLATION OF DIVISION (A) OF THIS SECTION IS A
    MISDEMEANOR OF THE FIRST DEGREE OR, IF THE OFFENDER
    PREVIOUSLY HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF OR PLEADED GUILTY TO
    TWO OR MORE VIOLATIONS OF DIVISION (A) OF THIS SECTION,
    A FELONY OF THE THIRD DEGREE.

    (3) A VIOLATION OF DIVISION (B) OF THIS SECTION IS A
    MISDEMEANOR OF THE FIRST DEGREE OR, IF THE OFFENDER
    PREVIOUSLY HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF OR PLEADED GUILTY TO
    TWO OR MORE VIOLATIONS OF DIVISION (B) OF THIS SECTION,
    A FELONY OF THE THIRD DEGREE.
    THEODORE OWENS
    Chief Investigator
    Agency Owner
    Ohio Special Services Group
    Class "A" License # 2005005899
    Ohio

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    Thumbs up

    Thanks to all of you for the links and info on bounty hunters. I am not sure I want to proceed with this yet. Still learning new areas of interest. Best of Luck to all who do though!
    Wanda

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    If I get my PI License and it is in Ohio I can apprehend people who skipped out on their bond only if that persons bond was written in Ohio?

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    Re: OHIO: Bounty Hunter - Bail Enforcement

    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Samson - View Post
    If I get my PI License and it is in Ohio I can apprehend people who skipped out on their bond only if that persons bond was written in Ohio?
    If I understand the law correctly; yes. Only bond written for that state.

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    Re: OHIO: Bounty Hunter - Bail Enforcement

    Hello everyone. I was curious. I read the laws in Ohio regarding Bounty Hunting and I am left with a headache. I am trying to find out 2 things: 1) Can a convicted felon(5 years ago) practice bounty hunting in OH; 2) Do I have to livein OH. I currently reside in KY. Thank You for any help!

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    Re: OHIO: Bounty Hunter - Bail Enforcement

    Quote Originally Posted by John Delamonico View Post
    Hello everyone. I was curious. I read the laws in Ohio regarding Bounty Hunting and I am left with a headache. I am trying to find out 2 things: 1) Can a convicted felon(5 years ago) practice bounty hunting in OH; 2) Do I have to livein OH. I currently reside in KY. Thank You for any help!
    Hello John,

    Currently for Ohio you will need to be either a Licensed PI, Law Enforcement, or a Licensed Bail Bondsman. I'm not sure about being a Bail Bondsman and I'm not sure about KY laws but, I am sure that a convicted felon can not be either a Licensed PI or Law Enforcement in Ohio (do to strict background requirements).

    Secondly, it really makes no difference where you "live" it makes all the difference where you are "licensed" and who you are under "contract" with. For example, if the bond was written in Texas and the skip hides out in Ohio. The Bondsman "contracts" with me here in Ohio to recover the skip and return him to Texas. Its allowed. If the bond is written in Ohio and the skip hides out in Texas. The Bondsman "contracts" with me here in Ohio to go to Texas and return the skip to Ohio. Its allowed.

    I hope this clarifies a bit.
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    Getting into this type of career (P.I. Bounty Hunting)is interesting because to do it you already have to do some good investigating to understand all the laws.Plus with the proposal of letting more criminals out on the street it chould be a lucritive profession.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Hodkinson View Post
    Getting into this type of career (P.I. Bounty Hunting)is interesting because to do it you already have to do some good investigating to understand all the laws.Plus with the proposal of letting more criminals out on the street it chould be a lucritive profession.
    Lucrative yes, but you have to build a good relationship with the Bail bondsman also.

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    Re: OHIO: Bounty Hunter - Bail Enforcement

    If I am licensed in PA can I hunt in Ohio for ohio skips?

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    Bottom line up front: NO!

    Please read an earlier post in this thread dated 8-22-2005 from me. It is Ohio Revised Code 2927.27 Illegal bail bond agent practices. The language in the law is very clear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Theodore Owens View Post
    Bottom line up front: NO!

    Please read an earlier post in this thread dated 8-22-2005 from me. It is Ohio Revised Code 2927.27 Illegal bail bond agent practices. The language in the law is very clear.
    Oh somehow I missed that. If I understand correctly if a PA bonded skip was in Ohio I could recovery him, but only if the bond was written in PA. ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Beddingfield View Post
    Oh somehow I missed that. If I understand correctly if a PA bonded skip was in Ohio I could recovery him, but only if the bond was written in PA. ?
    Correct....
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    Re: OHIO: Bounty Hunter - Bail Enforcement

    From Online Resource:
    In 2001 Bounty Hunting became explicitly regulated by Ohio state law. Specifically, “surety bail bond agents” in the state must obtain a license from the Department of Insurance if they wish to apprehend fugitives who have skipped bail. This license requires education, examination, and the meeting of a number of qualifications as described below.

    How to Become a Bounty Hunter in Ohio

    To become a Bounty Hunter in Ohio one must first complete a pre-licensing education course. This consists of 20 hours of classroom work or an approved self study course, available through six institutions within the state, four classroom institutions and two self study institutions. Afterwards, a candidate must pass an examination and contact a bail bond agency within the state about skipped bonds that need recovery. It is important to do well in the course to prove that you will be dedicated to safe and effective Fugitive Recovery techniques.

    Ohio Bounty Hunter Licenses and Requirements

    In order to become licensed as a Bounty Hunter in Ohio you must first complete education and pass an examination as described above. Once the exam has been passed a criminal record check must be completed and you must submit the surety bail bond agent application and submitted to: Ohio Department of Insurance, 2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Keep in mind that applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the state, and of “high character.” Once a license is received it must be renewed every year on the first of March.

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