Bounty hunters are the people who capture fugitive for a certain fee which is commonly known as bounty. They are also known as bail agents, bail enforcement agents, recovery agents, fugitive recovery agents or bail recovery agents. Traditionally their work was mainly to capture criminals whom authorities had promised certain rewards upon their capture. The bounty hunters would receive these rewards upon apprehending the fugitives. During those days they were allowed to get the fugitives whether dead or alive. But in the current days, their work is mainly to capture the fugitives who have skipped bail. Their work mainly depends on the particular state since there are even some states where they are outlawed.
The bounty hunters in the United States work under the National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents. According to the stipulated laws they are supposed to work with bail bondsmen. These are the people who are mandated by the law to apprehend the people who have skipped bail. The bail bondsmen then employ them to look for the fugitives and arrest them accordingly. The bounty hunters are recognized by the law, but they are required to follow the stipulated laws.
Some of the common laws that are meant for the bounty hunters include how they should arrest the fugitives. A bounty hunter has the right to enter the property of a fugitive even without a warrant. But if the fugitive is in a property of someone else the bounty hunter cannot enter the particular property without a warrant. A bounty hunter can’t arrest a suspect who is beyond the stipulated jurisdiction. This means that if a fugitive is in a state that does not have the necessary laws the bounty hunter cannot arrest him or her. A bounty hunter also cannot arrest a person who is in another country. If he or she does not follow these laws, it might be stated that the fugitive was kidnapped. This can cause a lot of problems to the particular bounty hunter. Consequently, the bounty hunters are usually very careful while arresting fugitives.
While executing an arrest, the bounty hunters might wear special kinds of attires. They can wear bulletproof vests, badges or other labels that shows that they are bail enforcement agents. They might also carry firearms or other weapons which are lesser lethal such as batons, tear gas and pepper sprays among others. When they are working in pairs, they mostly use two-way radios so that they can communicate effectively. Some of them get the things they use in their work on their own while others get them from the authorities.
Bounty hunters are usually paid on commissions depending on the arrests they make. The bail bondsmen who employ them are usually entitled to a hundred percent of the amount of bail. The bounty hunters agree with the bail bondsmen on the percentage of the bail money that will go to the bounty hunters. In most cases, the percentage is about ten percent. But this depends on the agreement between the two parties and the kind of arrest that was made. Most of the bounty hunters do not have fixed rates, and as a result, their earnings vary. Therefore, bounty hunters in the modern days are useful for they help in arresting the people who skip bail.