No person proposing to become bail or surety in a felony case for hire or reward, either received or to be received, shall be accepted unless he or she has been approved and registered as a professional bondsperson by the presiding justice of the superior court or his or her designee. This approval and registration may be revoked at any time by the court or justice, and shall be revoked in case the bondsperson fails for one hundred eighty (180) days after the issuance of process under § 12-13-16 to satisfy in full the recognizance to which he or she is bound, or the amount of the original recognizance as determined in the discretion of the court, in accordance with § 12-13-10. All professional bondspersons shall be governed by rules which shall be established from time to time by the superior court.
(P.L. 1979, ch. 36, § 1; P.L. 1981, ch. 260, § 1; P.L. 1982, ch. 241, § 1; P.L. 1986, ch. 467, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 109, § 14.)
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 12-13-21
- Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
- Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
- person: extends to and includes co-partnerships and bodies corporate and politic. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-6