A bounty hunter is a bail enforcement agent or a fugitive recovery agent who helps in locating criminals who fail to show up at a scheduled court appearance after the bond agency has already posted bail.
It is the job of a bounty hunter to bring these fugitives back to the county where the crime was committed so that justice can be served.
To become a bounty hunter, you must first become familiar with the laws of your state regarding bonds and bail. Since fugitive recovery is regulated by each state, some states require training and a license to become a bounty hunter, while others do not.
Pros – Bounty hunting is an adventure type of profession and can bring you satisfaction when justice is served.
Cons – Bounty hunting could be very dangerous and you may even face death threats.
Who are your clients?
Most law enforcement agencies don’t simply have the manpower to locate every fugitive wanted by the law.
A bounty hunter is hired by a bail bondsman to locate fugitives and help return them to the proper authorities for a cash reward.
Compensation is usually about 10% to 20 % of the bail money. The average yearly income for a bounty hunter is $50-$80,000.
The job of bounty hunter demands you to have knowledge and courage. It is an adventurous career, but it is far from glamorous. Fugitive recover is a dangerous job that should not be entered recklessly.
To become a bounty hunter, one must read, research, and network. Classes and training are available online and at various locations throughout the country.
A background in military, criminal justice, or intelligence experience is helpful if you want to become a bounty hunter, but not necessary.
What is necessary, is to find a mentor, gain experience, and understand criminal statutes as they relate to criminal charges so that the bounty hunter does not go to jail while trying to do his or her job.
A good way to become a bounty hunter is by finding an experienced and reputable agent who will allow you to come along as a type of apprentice.
You may require to work for free at first, but on the job training will be invaluable later when you are on your own, and could even save your life.
While the monetary reward may seem high when you become a bounty hunter – the risks are higher. Training and experience in self-defense are important.
Besides business cards and basic supplies some of the other items you will find helpful when getting started are:
- Cell Phone (with internet access and GPS most helpful)
- Concealed bulletproof vest
- Concealed handgun (where legal)
- Stun Gun, Air tazer, or Pepper spray
- Handcuffs or leg irons