Bounty hunters are called as bail enforcement agents officially and are paid in capturing and detaining individuals that flee while they were on bail. After they captured them, they would turn them in to a correctional facility or the proper court. They regularly find the last known whereabouts of fugitives, interview acquaintances, are staking out possible locations and confirming it.
You may be interested in doing this kind of work so you should know what you must do and what are the requirements for it. In order to get a bounty hunters license, all candidates have to meet the standards required by the state, pass the background check then finish the formal training. This includes having a high school diploma.
Having a college degree is not required in this job but it is helpful to possess skills in surveillance, self defense, lethal or non lethal weapons and criminal investigation. You must complete also a bail enforcement training and some states will require you to have a license. Though there are those that does not require one.
Each state has some qualifications of its own for the applicants to pass the background check before being granted with a license. Those people with certain misdemeanors or felony convictions might be disqualified. This also ensures the applicants have not entered into a drug or alcohol treatment center within a certain period and do not have mental illness before.
Age requirement for most states is eighteen years while others is twenty one and must be a citizen or legal resident in the USA. They require you to have a drivers license as well as having a driving record that is clean. Some places prohibit employees of regional or local jails, police departments, attorneys, probation services, criminal justice departments or corrections to become an agent.
Most states insist bounty hunters in completing training courses before being licensed with the number of hours varying in each state. Though having previous experiences with law enforcement may be exempted in taking these programs. The main subjects included in these are bail law, legal system, state laws, recovery methods, custody and care of prisoners and investigative techniques.
Bounty hunters which are carrying or having access to firearms should undergo additional training in firearm handling. These include range training, hands on exercises and classroom instruction. They might need a permit for concealed weapons as well. It is also usually required for them to take continuing educational classes regularly.
Aside from applying to be licensed in bounty hunting, some states could ask for several documents like the copy of your drivers license. Others requirements include a fingerprint card, recent picture, identification card, recent credit report, college transcript, high school diploma and motor vehicle report. They need also the certificate that you finished the training course for bail enforcement and a fee is required usually.
You may need to work as apprentice first under an experienced agent to gain some work experiences. And you should obtain a specific number of hours prior to being allowed to advance into a higher position. You could also work as an independent agent after.