Step 1: Knowing the History of "Bounty Hunting"
Originally the Term Fugitive Recovery Agent was known as Bounty Hunting, in England hundreds of years ago. Back in the 13th century, bail was a person, not an amount of money. An individual was designated custodian of the accused, and if the accused did not return to face his penalty, the custodian could be hanged in his place.
During colonial times, America relied upon the bail system set up by the government of England. In 1679, the British Parliament passed the Habeas Corpus Act, which for the first time guaranteed that an accused person could be released from prison on monetary bail
The bounty hunter was given broad authority starting in 1873 with the U.S. Supreme Court case, Taylor v. Taintor. The case gave bounty hunters the authority to act as agents of bail bondsmen. Bounty hunters on the trail of a bail jumper could "pursue him into another state" and, if necessary, "break and enter his house for that purpose."
In the wild west however, bounty hunting was used by several sheriffs by placing "Wanted Signs" in towns etc, and bounty hunters began their search to find criminals and bring them to justice, Several people and criminals were captured by Fugitive Recovery Agents and got paid accordingly For Example the Wild Bunch Gang was captured and money was awarded at $500 per Head "Dead or Alive" Now days, you MUST bring the fugitive back to justice Alive in order to make your bounty.
Today, states have their own restrictions when it comes to bounty hunting, but most states give bounty hunters the freedom to pursue and arrest bail jumpers within and across their borders. In our next Step we'll take a look at these kind of Laws for Several States.
Step 2: State Laws Regarding Fugitive Recovery Agents.
Several states have placed rules regarding fugitive recovery services. In order to get started in the Fugitive Recovery Business you need to Understand The Rules, The laws and Statues behind every state. Here are a few laws to consider when doing Fugitive Recovery Services.
In Texas, You must be a Police Officer, a Level 3 Armed Security Officer, or a Private Investigator.
In California You must have a background check, must be able to take a test, Must be clean of any criminal background and then you must register with the state of California as a Bounty Hunter.
There are 8 Total States that have BANNED Fugitive Recovery all together
* District of Columbia
* North Carolina
* South Carolina
And this is a great link for you to find about individual state laws.
Read over those laws as soon as possible in order to get a basic understanding about what you can, and what you CAN NOT do.
Also while bounty hunters can carry weapons you need to understand when where and how and what kind of firearms you can carry. Most states require you to be licensed to be able to carry a fire arm or LLD (less lethal device) such as a Taser, you need to be certified to use a taser only available through Taser International or Certified Schools.
Step 3: What Is "Bounty Hunting"
Several People have claimed to be Bounty Hunters, and many of those people belong to states that have no Regulations about Bounty Hunters what so ever. In this Industry those people are commonly referred to as "Cowboys" people without rules similar to Dog The Bounty Hunter.
Great individuals have made a living out of bounty hunting like Bob Burton, and Leonard Padilla have gotten to the top because they have GREAT Skip Tracing and Private Investigation skills. They will find people even before they are born (figuratively speaking)
Being a Fugitive Recovery Agent takes a lot of patience and perseverance in getting the job done. Usually your working hours and conditions will be HORRIBLE and you will work 10 - 12 hour days. Sitting in a car, or talking to people.
You need to have at least a Two person Professional Team in order to find the people that you are looking for. "The Bounty Boys" from Oklahoma are a great example of a professional Team. You can find their channel through Youtube or clicking the following link
On top of that then you need to have great police Relation since you will be working close hand with the police officers. You need to dress in a well professional attire and understand that YOU ARE NOT a police officer and should not say or state or mark your self or any part of your body stating that you are a police officer.
Step 4: Getting Your Equipment Ready
The Next thing you need to do is get your equipment ready. because the last thing you need is get involved in a Foot Chase in your flip flops. A great website that offers just what you need to complete your gear is a website called. The actual name of the site is huge, but they have gathered all the required equipment to go out and do your first bounty job.
Another Thing that you will need is to find some sort of foot into the door. I found a great Ex Fugitive Recovery agent who offers Counseling and Advice to new agents on Facebook his account is
He was the person that helped us get started when we began doing our Fugitive Recovery Jobs. Ultimately you need to have a good Pitch to sell your services, you need to go to several Bail Bondsmen and ask for work several will turn you down at first so you have to keep on calling them and paying them visits. Offer to do a couple of jobs for free to show them that you can do the job right and you are fast. They only have 60 days to find the fugitives so if you can do it in less than a week that gives you a great look for the Bondsmen and will more than likely use you and keep on using you.
Step 5: Going Out and Doing the Job Right
So now you have read the Rules, Read the Laws, found the Equipment and got a good idea of how dangerous the job can be. You need to go out there and do a job or two to get your name started. It's going to be very difficult to get started at first but a quote that reads:
There is no hunting like the hunting of a man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter
That quote pretty much sums it up in a nut shell, if you like helping the community by arresting criminals. Then this job is for you. The rush is amazing, and the pay is great too, and one last thing, YOU WILL GO BROKE WHEN THERE ARE NO MORE CRIMINALS IN THE USA
Out of all the criminals that go to jail and released on bond, about 25% of them decide to not show up to court. Bounty Hunters arrest 99% of those criminals and bring them back to the court system.
Good Luck and Feel free to comment bellow if you have any questions :)