Florida

In Florida, fugitives can only be recovered by those to whom they are bonded out.  The state does not allow bounty hunters.  It is illegal to refer to or identify oneself as a bounty hunter, bail enforcement agent, or fugitive recovery agent in the state.

Pursuant to Fla. Stat. § 648.30, a person cannot represent himself/herself to be a bail enforcement agent, bounty hunter, or other similar title in the state.  Additionally, a person, other than a certified law enforcement officer, cannot apprehend, detain, or arrest a principal on a bond, wherever issued, unless that person is qualified, licensed, and appointed or licensed as a bail bond agent or bail bond enforcement agent, or holds an equivalent license by the state where the bond was written[i].

[i] Fla. Stat. § 648.30.


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