2011 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 22 — Insurance
RS 22:822 — Criminal bail bond annual license fee


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§822. Criminal bail bond annual license fee

A. There shall be a fee on premiums for all commercial surety underwriters who write criminal bail bonds in the state of Louisiana, as follows:

(1) Except in the parish of Orleans, the fee shall be equal to two dollars for each one hundred dollars worth of liability underwritten by the commercial surety. Except as authorized under the provisions of R.S. 13:718(I)(2), this shall be the exclusive fee or tax on any criminal bail bond premium, including thereto premium taxes owed. In furtherance of the payment of this premium fee all commercial surety underwriters underwriting criminal bail bonds in the state of Louisiana shall, upon submitting the appearance bond and their power of attorney, simultaneously pay to the sheriff of the parish, except in the parish of Orleans, a fee of two dollars for each one hundred dollars worth of liability on the bail bond being presented for the release of a person on bail. Failure to pay the fee shall prevent the sheriff from accepting the appearance bond and power of attorney. The sheriff may receive the fee by check or cash and shall only accept it from the surety or the agent of the surety. In the event a surety or agent of the surety presents payment of the fee by an instrument which is returned for insufficient funds, the agent or the agent of the surety shall be prevented from presenting the appearance bonds with their power of attorney attached until the outstanding fees are paid to the sheriff.

(2) In the parish of Orleans, the fee shall be equal to three dollars for each one hundred dollars worth of liability underwritten by the commercial surety. This shall be the exclusive fee or tax on any criminal bail bond premium, including thereto premium taxes owed. In furtherance of the payment of this premium fee, all commercial surety underwriters underwriting criminal bail bonds in the parish of Orleans shall, upon submitting the appearance bond and their power of attorney, simultaneously pay to the sheriff a fee of five1 dollars for each one hundred dollars worth of liability on the bail bond being presented for the release of a person on bail. Failure to pay the fee shall prevent the sheriff from accepting the appearance bond and power of attorney. The sheriff may receive the fee by check or cash and shall only accept it from the surety or the agent of the surety. In the event a surety or agent of the surety presents payment of the fee by an instrument which is returned for insufficient funds, the agent or the agent of the surety shall be prevented from presenting the appearance bonds with their power of attorney attached until the outstanding fees are paid to the sheriff.

B.(1) Except as otherwise provided in this Subsection, all premium fees collected by the sheriff shall be remitted within sixty days after receipt as follows:

(a) Twenty-five percent to the judicial court fund or its equivalent.

(b) Twenty-five percent to the sheriff's general fund.

(c) Twenty-five percent to the district attorney's operating fund.

(d) Twenty-five percent to the Indigent Defenders Program.

(2) In the Twenty-Second Judicial District, all premium fees collected by the sheriff shall be remitted within sixty days after receipt as follows:

(a) Twenty-two percent to the judicial court fund or its equivalent.

(b) Twenty-two percent to the sheriff's general fund.

(c) Twenty-two percent to the district attorney's operating fund.

(d) Twenty-two percent to the Indigent Defenders Program.

(e) Twelve percent to the St. Tammany Children's Advocacy Center.

(3) In Orleans Parish, two dollars of the three dollars collected for each one hundred dollars worth of liability underwritten by the commercial surety on all premium fees collected by the sheriff shall be maintained, supervised, and distributed as provided in R.S. 13:1381.5 and the one additional dollar of the three dollars collected for each one hundred dollars worth of liability underwritten by the commercial surety shall be allocated to the Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans.

Acts 1993, No. 834, §5, eff. June 22, 1993; Acts 1999, No. 717, §2; Acts 1999, No. 1080, §1, eff. July 9, 1999; Acts 2000, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 113, §1; Acts 2001, No. 928, §2, eff. June 26, 2001; Acts 2005, No. 350, §1; Redesignated from R.S. 22:1065.1 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009.

1NOTE: For legislative intent of Acts 2005, No. 350, see S.C.R. No. 129 of 2005 R.S.

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