Question: What is a Bail
Answer: A BEA or Fugitive Recovery
Agent is an individual who works for a bail bond company to capture
a fugitive who has failed to appear in court. The Bail Bond
Company typically pays 10% of the total bond amount for capture.
Question: What is a Bail Bond
Answer: A Bail Bond Company is an
institution or firm who has put up the bail amount for an individual
to be released from jail. The bail bond company acts as a
jailor, and the responsibility of bringing the fugitive back to
court lies solely with them. Bail Bond Companies make money by
charging a fee of 10-20% of the posted bail amount. If the
defendant fails to show for court, a bounty hunter "Bail Enforcement
Agent steps in to recapture the fugitive.
Question: Do I have to be a Bail
Enforcement Agent to collect rewards offered by police stations &
federal authorities when providing tips that lead to the capture or
tracking down of a fugitive?
Answer: No, a bounty hunter can work
independently to track down fugitives that are wanted by police
departments and federal authorities.
Question: Do I have to physically
Answer: When working as a bail
enforcement agent or bounty hunter, you may have others apprehend
the subject for you. You and your team will work together to
secure the defendant.
Question: What other names are used
to refer to Bounty Hunters?
Answer: BEA's, Bail Enforcement Agents,
Fugitive Recovery Agents, Bail Agent, Bail Enforcement Agent, Bail
Officer, Fugitive Recovery Agent, Fugitive Recovery Officer, or Bail
Fugitive Recovery Specialist
Question: Is a Bail Enforcement
Officer the same as a Bounty Hunter?
Answer: It can be, depending on
what context you use the word Bounty Hunter in... On this web
site, we refer to Bounty Hunters NOT JUST AS BAIL OFFICERS, but one
who helps assist in the capture of fugitives wanted by local, state
& federal authorities where BOUNTIES/REWARDS are given to those who
provide tips leading to the capture of fugitives.
Question: What would be the
best way for me to begin working as a bounty hunter "BEA?
Answer: The best way to become a
Bail Enforcement Agent is to find someone who is knowledgeable in
the industry and offer your services to them for FREE "temporarily".
Preferably a firm who offers Bail Enforcement services. Working
for a bail bond company or a firm who offers fugitive recovery
services allow you to gain the experience needed to successfully
earn rewards in the industry. You can then apply skip tracing
techniques & use your newfound skills to track down fugitives that
have large rewards on their heads which can be $50k USD +.
Question: How many Bail
Enforcement Agents are there in the U.S.?
Answer: Currently, there are
over 8,000 Bail Enforcement Agents across the U.S which account for
up to 50,000 arrests each year.
Question: How does a Bail
Enforcement Agent find work?
Answer: Typically, Bail Agents are
self-employed and offer their services to Bail Bond Companies.
To gain experience and tap into this industry more quickly, we
suggest that you offer to capture a fugitive for 5% of the bond
amount. They will choose you and you'll gain vital experience,
then you will be able to provide referrals to other agencies to
track down fugitives.
Question: What is the different
between a Bail Enforcement Agent and a Police Officer?
Answer: In 1872 a U.S. Supreme Court Case "Taylor vs Taintor"
gave bail agents nearly limitless authority in their duties while
recovering a fugitive. Unlike a police officer, a bail
enforcement agent can enter private property without a permit, but
limited to recovering fugitives who have "skipped bail".
Question: How old do you
have to be?
Answer: 18 or older
What do I need to
be successful in the Bail Enforcement Industry?
Answer: Skip Tracing,
Surveillance, Negotiating, Interviewing and Deception Detection,
Apprehension Techniques, Marketing, Networking, Pretexting, and
Research skills will all play a very important role in your
success in Fugitive Recovery.
Question: Why don't people
like the phrase "Bounty Hunter"?
Bounty hunting refers
back to a time where it meant the apprehension or killing of a
person. Today, the term bounty hunter is simply referred
to some one who is rewarded for apprehending a bail jumper.
Question: What kind of
earning potential is there as a bail agent?
Answer: If a bail enforcement
agent fails to apprehend a bail jumper, then they do not get
paid. A bail agent typically earns 10% of the total
bond amount upon capture of a fugitive that has skipped their court
appearance in the U.S. So, take 10% of the total bonded amount
that was forfeited.
Question: Is this a dangerous
line of work?
Answer: Yes and no.
If you are not trained, inexperienced in general and are
unfamiliar how fugitives react at the time of apprehension, yes,
there is danger. But, if you work in groups, danger is
minimized since most fugitives melt upon the sight of multiple
people bearing down on them.
Question: What kind of laws
or regulations effect the Bail Enforcement Industry?
Answer: Laws are constantly
changing in this industry. If you are interested in becoming a
Bail Enforcement Agent, then we highly suggest researching the states
that allow this.
Question: Are there licensing
Answer: You'll find that there
are licensing requirements in some states, however, they are
easy to apply & train for. You cannot work without a
license in a state that requires one, or you will be subject to
Question: How do I begin
soliciting bond assignments?
Answer: Within our eBook, you
will find section dedicated to marketing & exposure in the
industry. Once understood, securing bond assignments will
Question: What are the duties of
a bail bondsman?
Answer: A professional agent for an
insurance company who specializes in providing bail bonds for people
charged with crimes and awaiting trial in order to have them
released. The offices of a bail bondsman (or woman) are usually
found close to the local court house and jail, his/her advertising
is found in the yellow pages, and some make "house calls" to the
jail or hand out cards in court. Bail bondsmen usually charge the
suspect a fee of 10 percent of the amount of the bond. If a bail
bondsman has reason to believe a person he/she bailed out is about
to flee, he may revoke the bond and surrender his client to jail.
Question: What is process serving?
Answer: The delivery of copies of legal
documents such as summons, complaint, subpoena, order to show cause
(order to appear and argue against a proposed order), writs, notice
to quit the premises, and certain other documents, usually by
personal delivery to the defendant or other person to whom the
documents are directed. So-called "Substituted Service" can be
accomplished by leaving the documents with an adult resident of a
home, with an employee with management duties at a business office,
or with a designated "agent for acceptance of service" (often with
name and address filed with the state's Secretary of State), or, in
some cases, by posting in a prominent place followed by mailing
copies by certified mail to the opposing party. In certain cases of
absent or unknown defendants, the court will allow service by
publication in a newspaper. Once all parties have filed a complaint,
answer, or any pleading in a lawsuit, further documents usually can
be served by mail or even
Question: What is skip tracing?
Answer: Skip Tracing is the electronic
means of tracking down a suspect. Skip
Tracing is a skill that can be learned not only by detectives, by
anyone who must find someone who has gone missing. With the
advent of the Internet, skip tracing techniques have become highly
sophisticated. There are many avenues and leads that can be checked
using computers. As well as the previously mentioned routes, these
include social security number checking, voter registration
searches, neighborhood inquiry searches, traffic ticket and marriage
record checking. As more personal information is held on databases,
skip tracing has become less time consuming with a higher chance of