Become a Bounty Hunter

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About Bounty Hunting

Other names for a Bounty Hunter may be "fugitive recovery agent" or "bail enforcement agent".  Regardless, we are talking about individuals who are hired by bail bond companies to recover fugitives that have skipped out on unpaid bonds.

Legally a bail bond company has the right to recover a fugitive if that person had been released to the custody of the bail bondsman or his business.  That right became law with the 1872 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Taylor  v. Tainter.  That law says that a bail bondsman may hire a bounty hunter to recover a fugitive so he can collect the bail paid by the bondsman for the criminal to be released from jail prior to the criminal’s court hearing.

In some, but not all instances, a Bounty Hunter may have even more power than law enforcement officials. Recovery agents are frequently permitted to break through entrances without a warrant in order to execute a re-arrest. They may chase suspects and fugitives across state lines, without being constrained by jurisdictional laws.  They do have to be prudent as laws change from state to state, making some areas more receptive to Bounty Hunting then others. The job requires personal qualities of brains, brawn and bravado.

Bounty Hunting is one of the most dynamic and exhilarating professions in our society. Traditionally, Bounty Hunters have been depicted as renegades who hunted fugitives of the law just for the excitement or the money.  However, reality shows like "Dog, the Bounty Hunter" and "Bounty Girls" have helped develop an entirely new perception of the profession and the individuals in it.  A career as a recovery agent is becoming more respectable.  The opportunities and the stakes are high in this dynamic career.

It is important to understand that the Bounty Hunter is an agent working both with and within the law. As the profession grows it is important that the agents have a smart and cautious approach to tracking down some of the most dangerous individuals in the country.  

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