Accused individuals of certain types of crime can enjoy a limited amount of freedom before trial through bail. These amounts and their presence in court can be guaranteed by bail bond agents. But when the accused violates the conditions of his or her bail, such as running away to another state, the bail bond agent responsible has every right to hire a professional to hunt down the accused and make sure they show up on the trial date. These hired professionals are known as bounty hunters.
- Know the dangers that come with the job of bounty hunting. You are in for quite a dangerous task ahead. Aside from the fact that you'll be pursuing potentially dangerous individuals, a given occupational hazard, you'll always be on your feet, bouncing from one place to another, sometimes even crossing countries, just to bring a wanted felon back.
- Be acquainted with the required practices of the field. If you want to become a bounty hunter, it is important that you know the laws governing this specific field of work. Every state in America has its own set of rules and regulations concerning this so make sure that you know those that are mandated in the state you wish to work in. Some of the notable rules are the holding of permit to have the right to carry guns, and wearing of prescribed clothing.
- Learn the ropes of this dangerous field. It is important to arm yourself with the necessary negotiating, investigative, and analytical skills. Learning martial arts or any other kind of self defense is also essential. Bear in mind that a wanted felon is always presumed to be bearing arms and so is potentially dangerous.
- Subject to an extensive background check. Once you've identified a bail bond agency you'd like to work for, you'll most likely be subjected to an extensive background check.
- Do these when on the prowl for fugitives. Once given your first assignment, make sure that you get all of the necessary paperwork in order. This piece of paper, called the bail piece, along with a written power of attorney document, certifies that you've been commissioned to catch the felon. Once on the hunt, conduct supplemental research about the person you're after. Interview the wanted felon's friends and relatives to know more about his habits and temperament as these will ultimately aid you in your search. If you need to follow a fugitive out of state or country, make sure that you know their laws regarding bounty hunting. You would not want to get arrested yourself just because of this slight oversight.
The practice of bounty hunting is legal only in the United States due to its established bail bond system. In other countries, it is entirely up to the local law enforcement agency to capture fugitives.