Bounty Hunter Information

Sec. 1702.3863. Unauthorized Contract With Bail Bond Surety; Offense.

(a) A person commits an offense if the person contracts with or is employed by a bail bond surety as defined by Chapter 1704 to secure the appearance of a person who has violated Section 38.10, Penal Code, unless the person is:

  1. a peace officer;
  2. an individual licensed as a private investigator or the manager or a licensed investigations company; or
  3. a commissioned security officer employed by a licensed guard company.

(b) An offense under Subsection (a) is a state jail felony.

Sec. 1702.3867. Execution Of Capias Or Arrest Warrant; Offense.

(a) A private investigator executing a capias or an arrest warrant on behalf of a bail bond surety may not:

  1. enter a residence without the consent of the occupants;
  2. execute the capias or warrant without written authorization from the surety;
  3. wear, carry, or display any uniform, badge, shield, or other insignia or emblem that implies that the private investigator is an employee, officer, or agent of the federal government, the state, or a political subdivision of the state; or
  4. notwithstanding Section 9.51, Penal Code, use deadly force.

(b) Notwithstanding Subsection (a) (3), a private investigator may display identification that indicates that the person is acting on behalf of a bail bond surety.

(c) A private investigator executing a capias or an arrest warrant on behalf of a bail bond surety shall immediately take the person arrested to:

  1. if the arrest is made in the county in which the capias or warrant was issued:
    1. the county jail for that county if:
      1. the offense is a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or a felony; or
      2. the offense is a Class C misdemeanor and the capias or warrant was issued by a magistrate of that county; or
    2. the municipal jail for the appropriate municipality if the offense is a Class C misdemeanor and the capias or warrant was issued by a magistrate of the municipality; or
  2. if the arrest is made in a county other than the county in which the capias or warrant was issued, the county jail for the county in which the arrest is made.

(d) A person commits an offense if the person violates this section. An offense under this section is a state jail felony.

Sec. 1702.365. Abduction Of Child.

The commission shall revoke a person's license, registration, or security officer commission or deny a person's application for, or renewal of, a license, registration, or security officer commission on proof that the person or an agent of the person has, after the date of application for a license, registration, or security officer commission, abducted or attempted to abduct by force or the threat of force or by misrepresentation, stealth, or unlawful entry a child who at the time of the abduction or attempt is under the care and control of a person who:

  1. has custody or physical possession of the child under a court order; or
  2. is exercising the care and control with the consent of a person who has custody or physical possession of the child under a court order.

Sec. 1702.388. Violation Of Chapter; Offense.

(a) A person commits an offense if the person violates a provision of this chapter for which a specific criminal penalty is not prescribed.

(b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a felony of the third degree if the person has previously been convicted under this chapter of failing to hold a license, registration, certificate, or commission that the person is required to hold under this chapter.