Bounty Hunters

Bounty Hunting

The TV show “Bounty Hunter,” has probably been watched by the majority of Americans.  A lot of people seem to believe that this is a glamorous career choice, however, the reality is in fact, a little different.  While bounty hunters can experience some nerve wracking moments, basically, their job entails traveling around looking for bail jumpers.

“Bail enforcement agent,” or alternatively “fugitive recovery agent,” are the formal titles for a bounty hunter. They actually work for a percentage of the bail bond, which is also known as a bounty. When a bail bonds firm posts bail on behalf of a defendant, one of the conditions is that they must attend all their necessary court dates. If the offender decides to run and not honor this particular condition, the bail bonds firm will then be in a position where they will be expected to pay the entire bail to the court.  Rather than lose this sort of money, many bail bonds firms will choose to hire the services of a bounty hunter.

A bounty hunter’s primary objective is to locate the bail jumper, and take them in to custody so they can face the court, and spare the bail bond company from having to pay out the entire bail.  Even though only the USA, and the Philippines actually permit bounty hunting as a profession, there are still a couple of states within the United States that don’t. For the states in the USA that do, bounty hunters are given special rights.  A bounty hunter may enter any property that is owned by the bail jumper, as the U.S. Law states that the offender has now forfeited any civil rights to the bail bond company. A bounty hunter cannot, however, enter anyone else’s property without first getting permission.

In order to legally arrest an offender, the bounty hunter needs written confirmation from their respective bail bond company, and can not enter any other property, except pursuant to selected existing provisions associated with the legislation which regulate the arrest by any private citizen.

Bounty hunters within the United States claim to detain 90% of bail jumpers annually. This is a very high percentage. The point here is, any defendant out on bail, should certainly make all their court dates, or they could find themselves being hunted.