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Bounty Hunters Can Arrest You

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Bounty hunters can arrest a defendant as long as they have permission (a copy of a certified endorsement) from the bondsman. A bounty hunter may work for a bondsman as an employee or a freelancer. Bounty hunters are also known as bail enforcer, bail enforcement agent, bail recovery agent, fugitive recovery agent (FRA), bail fugitive recovery person, bail agent, bail bond investigator and surety investigator. A private investigator may also perform a bounty hunter’s duties.

Bounty hunters cannot arrest anyone without a warrant, as they do not have police powers. A bondsman or a cosigner on a bail bond must instruct and give permission to the bounty hunter to arrest a defendant. Because a bounty hunter has time limits proscribed by the state, he must use his time wisely. When the bondsman instructs him to find and apprehend the defendant, the bounty hunter will use all possible legal methods to track the defendant down.

Bounty hunters may or may not carry a weapon, depending on the state they work in. He can cross state lines to apprehend a defendant. An extradition treaty is not needed. Unlike police officers, a bounty hunter does not need a warrant to enter a residence if he thinks the defendant may be at the residence.

While bounty hunters have more freedom than police officers, they may not break any laws in the apprehension of a defendant. A bounty hunter cannot harm a defendant or any innocent bystanders. He must quickly and quietly apprehend the defendant and return the defendant to the arresting agency. The bounty hunter may also use reasonable force to enter the residence or place where he defendants the defendant is hiding, though some states do not allow a bounty hunter to “break and enter” into a place that does not belong to the defendant. Some states have laws that require no breaking and entering, but it is questionable as to whether bounty hunters are included in those statutes.

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