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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How can I become a Bail Enforcement Agent?
  1. Find a mentor and READ all you can about the various aspects of Bail Law.
  1. What are the various skills one must learn to be successful?
  1. 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.
  1. Why don’t professionals like the term “Bounty Hunter”?
  1. Bounty Hunting refers back to the days when rewards were offered for the capture or killing of any articulated person.  You should notice that in today’s climate while rewards may be offered, it is only for information leading to the capture of a fugitive.  Since professionals in our industry typically only work to secure the apprehension of a bail bond-secured defendant we are solely enforcing a bail contract on behalf of a surety on a bail bond.  We work for professional fees, not bounties.  In our industry, Bounty Hunter is increasingly being used in a derogatory manner.
  1. How much can a Bail Bond Investigator get paid?
  1. We normally work on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we cannot complete the job we are hired to do then we do not get paid.  Successful bail investigators may make more than $100,000 per year while many part timers may even make $25,000 or more just working some nights and weekends. 
  1. Is apprehending fugitives dangerous?
  1. Yes, it can be.  No manner of training or assistance can guarantee your safety while taking a defendant into custody even for the most minor criminal offense.
  1. What laws affect Bail Enforcement?
  1. Federal and State laws are being enacted every year across the country.  The only way to answer this question in a relevant manner is to do some of your own research.  I personally recommend you start by determining whether licensing is required in the state in which you live or want to work.
  1. You mean that there might be licensing requirements?
  1. Yes, and in some instances you can be charged with a felony for working without a license.  Texas is one example of many.
  1. How do I get my first client or assignment?
  1. Marketing.  I give many different examples of the actual marketing materials and sales letters I use in my online course Apprehending Bail Fugitives.  I am confident that it will answer almost every other question you may have.  If it doesn’t, I’m only a phone call away!
Good luck in your search, stay safe, and have a great pursuit today!


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