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Navigating Surety Bond Surrenders in Washington State: RCW 10.19.160 is a key statute in Washington State that establishes guidelines for sureties to legally return individuals to custody in criminal cases. This provision is essential in the bail bond process, ensuring a regulated approach for surrendering defendants.

Detailed Overview of RCW 10.19.160

Legal Conditions for Surety Surrender: This law details how a surety can lawfully surrender an individual to custody, particularly when the individual is out on bail under a bond provided by the surety.

The Surrender Process

Requirements for Legal Surrender: The statute mandates that surrender must be accompanied by either a notice of forfeiture or a notarized affidavit, outlining the reasons for surrender. This ensures legitimacy and proper documentation in the process.

Key Provisions:

  • Mandatory Legal Documentation: A formal notice or notarized affidavit is essential to justify the surrender.
  • Specific Jail for Surrender: Surrenders must occur at the county or city jail affiliated with the issuing jurisdiction of the bail warrant.

Post-Surrender Protocol

Ensuring Legal Compliance Post-Surrender: After surrender, the individual must be detained until the next judicial day or until a new bond is posted, guaranteeing legal compliance and continuation of the judicial process.

Importance of RCW 10.19.160

Structuring the Criminal Justice System: This statute provides a systematic method for sureties to return individuals to custody, aligning the interests of the surety with legal standards and ensuring compliance with judicial processes.


RCW 10.19.160: A Pillar in Washington’s Legal System: For sureties, legal experts, and defendants, understanding RCW 10.19.160 is crucial. It defines surety responsibilities and streamlines the surrender process under surety bonds, upholding judicial efficiency and fairness.

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