What is a Bounty Hunter?
If you are released from jail on bail and you fail to appear in court on your appointed court day, there will be consequences. This is especially the case if you hired a bail bondsman to pay your bail for you. In some states, if you are working with a bail bondsman and you do not appear in court, the bail bondsman can hire a bounty hunter to track you down. In addition, if you put up collateral with the bail bondsman and you skip your court date, you will not get your property or money back. But what exactly is a bounty hunter? What are his or her duties, and how can he or she actually track you down? If you hired a bail bondsman to post bail for you, these are questions worth exploring.
Bounty hunters, also known as recovery agents, bail enforcement agents, and skip trackers, is a person who is hired to capture law breakers. First of all, it is important to know that in many states, bounty hunters are not legal. Even in the states where bounty hunting is legal, the agent must have a license in order to practice bounty hunting. This is a legal practice because in some states, when a person is released on bail in the custody of someone else, whether that person be a friend or relative of the defendant, or a bail bondsman, that person has the right to the defendant. In most cases, bounty hunters are employed by bail bondsmen who need to track down a client and get him or her to court.
Bounty hunters have varying rights based on the state they are licensed in. In some states, bounty hunters can search a suspects private property without a warrant, while in other states this action and other similar ones are not allowed. Bounty hunters are confined to their jurisdiction or where they are licensed.
The states that have limited or restricted the use of bounty hunting are:
• South Carolina
• North Carolina
Some of these states have also banned bail bondsmen from practicing.
One of the states that has the strictest licensing requirements for bounty hunters is the state of Connecticut. Connecticut requires bounty hunters to get a license from the Commissioner of Public Safety before they can practice in the state. Before getting a bounty hunting license in Connecticut, applicants need to complete at least 20 hours of training in Criminal Justice and they must undergo at least 8 hours of firearms training. Licensed bounty hunters are the only people who can search for and return someone who skips bail and fails to appear in court.
Skipping bail and running the risk of involving a bounty hunter in your case is never in your best interest. Instead, it is much easier to comply with the wishes of the court and appear for your court date. If you have further questions, contact Connecticut Bail Bonds for more information on bail bonds or bounty hunters.