Colorado

In Colorado, the provisions pertaining to the appointment of an individual by a licensed bail bonding agent to perform bail recovery services is discussed in C.R.S. 12-7-105.5.  Accordingly, before employing a recovery agent, the law enforcement agency will take the fingerprints of such individual for the purposes of obtaining a background check.  At the time when the fingerprints are taken, the individual must also submit payment by certified check or money order for the fingerprints and for the background check

Upon receipt of fingerprints and payment for costs by the Colorado bureau of investigation, the bureau shall verify whether such individual has been convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any felony under federal or state law during the previous fifteen years.  For the purpose of verification, the bureau shall utilize the fingerprints, the bureau’s files and records regarding the criminal backgrounds of persons seeking to provide bail recovery services, and the files and records of the federal bureau of investigation.

In cases where the bureau has not completed a background check on the individual, or if the bail bonding agent knows, through the inquiry to the bureau or through any other source, that such individual has been convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a felony under federal or state law during the previous fifteen years, then a licensed bail bonding agent may not hire, contract with, or pay any compensation to any individual for bail recovery services.

Further, for appointment of recovery agents commencing on or after January 1, 1999, the agent shall obtain a copy of a certificate of training from the individual indicating that such individual has received training in bail fugitive apprehension from a private bail recovery program or an accredited institution of higher education.  Such training shall comply with the standards established by the peace officers standards and training board and shall not exceed sixteen clock hours.


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