The TV show “Bounty Hunter,” has been a very popular show with many Americans. A lot of people may believe this is a glamorous, or exciting career, however, the reality of it all is, that it really isn’t. Whilst bounty hunters may in fact experience exciting events, a bounty hunter’s main task is to catch bail jumpers and bring them back to custody.
“Bail enforcement agent,” or alternatively “fugitive recovery agent,” are the actual titles of a bounty hunter. These people work for a percentage of the bail bond, also known as a bounty. When a bail bonds firm posts bail on behalf of an offender, one of the strict conditions is that they must attend all necessary court dates. Should the offender decide to run, the bail bonds business will then be in a position to pay the entire bail to the court. Rather than lose this amount of money, some bail bonds firms will opt to hire the services of a bounty hunter.
A bounty hunter’s primary goal is to catch the bail jumper, and return them to custody so they can face court. Even though only the USA, and the Philippines actually allow bounty hunting, there are still some states within the United States that do not. In regard to those states in the USA that do, bounty hunters are granted special rights. A bounty hunter may enter any property owned by the bail jumper, as the U.S. Law states that the offender has now forfeited any civil rights up to the bail bond company. A bounty hunter cannot, however, enter property owned by someone else, without getting permission.
In order to legally arrest the offender, the bounty hunter requires written confirmation from the respective bail bond firm, 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 in the United States have stated they detain 90% of bail jumpers every year. This is an impressive figure. The point here is, any defendant out on bail, should certainly make all their court dates, or they could find themselves being hunted.