Any bail bondsman can contact bounty hunters, also known as “fugitive recovery agents,” should their bailed defendants stage their escape through any means.
As with any US state, in California, companies who had posted a bond for a bailed suspect who skips their court hearing are the ones to pay the full bond price if they cannot retrieve the suspect after a year. Fugitive recovery agents who have trained and experienced in this field profit lucratively from working with any bail bondsman.
All bail bondsman have a roster of bail agents deemed reliable for these tasks. To build your list of competent bounty hunters in California, keep these three things in check.
Qualified For The Job Requirements
The basic requirements bounty hunters need to fulfill is to be at the legal age for all US states, which is 18 years old.
All bounty hunter recruits in most training schools such as the National Bail Enforcement Agency are of legal age and have no previous felony convictions. However, before they can begin their bounty hunter training, they need to have undergone a Department of Insurance-approved classroom training.
The “classroom training” involves a bail industry course and the remaining for primary bail bond education.
The bounty hunter prospecting to join your roster should have also finished a two to four days Peace Officer Standards Training school and an 8-hour security guard course.
Willing To Go On A “Trial Basis.”
Unlike university and a college degree, the bail agent training school a bounty hunter graduates from, whether the National Bail Enforcement Agency or US Cobra, is not a factor for most bail bondsman and companies.
Bounty hunters willing to work for the company must prove their skill in a pro-bono agreement for at least one or two escaping defendants. Anyone assigned to evaluate prospective bounty hunters should use the following criteria in selecting their agents:
- Discreet tactics and methods
- Previous Experience (if present during the job)
- Avoiding any physical injury against a defendant who did not resist arrest
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A Good Track Record With Bounty Hunter Laws
You must expect your bounty hunter to work within the confines of California and other US states’ bounty hunter laws. A good bounty hunter must deem these laws vital to their operating procedures when investigating and taking the missing accused in custody before the court.
Your company’s bounty hunters must have a license to operate in the United States 24 states that allow private bail agencies to offer assistance and bounty hunter activity. About 18 US states do not regulate bounty hunters but trust they will comply with pre-existing legal limitations to their actions, which still require a bounty hunter self-regulation license.
Bounty hunters must understand they cannot operate in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, South and North Carolina, Oregon, the District of Columbia, and Wisconsin even if their targets have departed and have an existing case in California or another state that allows bounty hunter activity. All these US states restrict bail bond companies and bounty hunters in or out of state.