What are Fugitive Recovery Agents?
You have a friend that you helped with bail and they said they’d go to their court date. But now they’re missing and you have to pay the bond. You have no idea where they are or how to get in touch with them. What can do you do? The best thing that you can do is look into fugitive require agents for tracking them down and saving your money.
What do Fugitive Recovery Agents Do?
They’re also called bounty hunters, and their job involves locating and retrieving fugitives who fled so they can avoid their appearances in court. A lot of them have backgrounds in law enforcement, so that they have the knowledge and experience which will put them ahead of the game with bail jumpers. Based on studies, the bounty hunters in the nation have success rates of 88-91%.
A lot of bounty hunters also have training in self-defense. However, usually they will use persuasion, trickery, and research for capturing fugitives rather than physical force. Some methods that a bounty hunter will use to find and capture a defendant are:
- Background checks
- Checks of criminal records
- Contacting relatives and friends to help convince the defendant to turn themselves in
- Try and get the family members to tell where the person is
- Entering the property of the fugitive without having a warrant to arrest them once again
- Tricks like telling a defendant that they have won a big contest and they’ll have to come and get their prize
Who Hires Bounty Hunters?
One of the biggest employers of bounty hunters are bail agents. However, they’re not the only ones who will hire them. If you’ve paid the complete amount of bail for someone and you’ve discovered that they skipped bail you can also hire one to make sure the person comes back for court.
How Much is It to Hire One?
Costs for hiring them will vary depending on the business. A lot of agencies charge a flat fee for the individual services that they offer. For jobs where they are finding and apprehending someone, a lot of times, their fee will be based on the whole amount of bail, along with money for anything they have to lay out such as travel expenses. The majority of them will work on contingency, meaning they won’t charge you if they’re unable to capture a fugitive.
What Other Things Should be Known About a Bounty Hunters?
Based on the state that you live in, there are different laws that govern them. Some states like Illinois, Oregon and Kentucky, won’t let a bounty hunter arrest someone. There are restrictions that other states place on what they are able to legally do when they are pursuing fugitives. It’s also important to note that a lot of states require licensing from bounty hunters while other states don’t.
When you are hiring one of the bounty hunters, it’s a good idea to check that they have all of the qualifications that are needed and that they are knowledgeable about the laws that are in your state. This is going to ensure that everything’s done legally.
How do I locate a Trusted Bounty Hunter in My Area?
There are websites where you can find listings of local bounty hunters that are in your area and have the experience that you need. Contact one of them and see what they can do for you. They may be able to help you with getting the defendant and recovering your money.
We are located within walking distance of the Lee County and Hendry County Jails. We offer prompt, courteous services to obtain the quick release of our clients from Southwest Florida detention facilities. We also offer bond postings outside our local area through our Surety Network. We accept all major credit cards, Western Union, and personal checks.