Cases - Massachusetts
In State v. Cabral, 2005 WL 10313 (Mass. January 4, 2005) the state charged a bail bondsman and his alleged agents with assault and various other crimes in connection with the apprehension and surrender of the bond principal.  The Court held that the common law privilege of the surety and its agents to apprehend and surrender the principal is still the law in Massachusetts.  The Court discussed the burden of proof and standards to determine the extent of this lawful authority.