to the most exciting career opportunity on
- “There is no hunting like the
hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and
liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.”
- Whether you call it Bail Enforcement,
Bounty Hunting, Fugitive Recovery, or Bail Bond Investigations, the
business of finding and apprehending fugitives is alive and well and
agents in the field have never made more money than right now!
- Since the tragic events of recent, the
public is no longer tolerating the idea that their very lives are at
risk from the predators that live among them. This massive community outcry has startled our elected
officials, who have responded in a manner that is causing a huge
insurgence in the Bail Bond Industry.
Local law enforcement agencies are just now beginning to
realize that Bail Enforcement Agents have played a vital role in the
criminal justice process and the spirit of cooperation has, at once,
made our work more productive and extremely lucrative.
- We have so much business that we
are looking for new investigators to join our team all of the time.
- But, since I do not know anything about you or your experience, I
am going to assume that you are starting from scratch... no
experience in apprehensions, taking people into custody, skip
tracing or finding work.
- I would submit to you that bail enforcement is more than getting a
client, finding the defendant, turning him into the local jail and
getting paid, even though it will often seem that simple. There are so many ideas, concepts and pitfalls in this
business, that I do not believe that any one person will ever
understand them all.
- Thus far, most books, “field manuals” and “bibles” of our
industry have fallen far short of presenting even the essential
knowledge required for today’s bail professional; I am not saying
that, in your opinion, I will do any better, but I certainly hope
to. Don’t you think
that the “bible” of bail enforcement should have at least
mentioned the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act as it applies to our
industry and keep you out
of jail? (“Thou
shalt not extradite a defendant without first affording him the due
process of law.”) Don’t
worry, I assure you we will cover that.
- No manual should be substituted for EXPERIENCE.
- Instead, what I have attempted to offer you here is not just the
nuts and bolts of bail enforcement, but the entire business of
servicing the bail bond industry.
- The absolute basic skills you must first master are skip tracing
(locating your fugitive) and the safe apprehension and surrender of
- But what if you don’t know how to get started in the first place?
Those skills would be a moot point!
- I will teach you how to find a mentor and get your first assignment or
perhaps find employment with our firm.
- Did you know that marketing and advertising are more important to
creating your fortune in Fugitive Recovery and Failure to Appear
Investigations than your ability to skip trace?
- Absolutely, you’ll never get an assignment if potential clients
don’t realize that you exist.
I include a step-by-step, detailed marketing approach and
show you how and where to market and advertise your services.
I even include several copies of the exact sales letters I
have used to reach the top spot in my region of the country.
- While the other guys will give you skip tracing checklists and forms,
most of them are either outdated or are thin and flimsy at best.
In short, I will tell you everything that the others are
afraid to because I think there is plenty of room for everyone to
- However, a new breed of investigator is rapidly replacing the ol’
cowboys and bounty hunters; he or she has an exceptional level of
knowledge in all aspects of the bail bond business and can advise
clients in everything from making better bonding decisions to legal
collection methods. The
enforcer will understand how Civil Law applies to his undertakings
and that reducing the exposure of liability to a bondsman is not
only an ethical obligation but good customer service as well.
- Yes, I mentioned ethics and customer service! This is what your new clients will expect.
- "Scott Harrell found the answers I needed that no one else either
could or would."
- Be very careful if you plan to spend your money at one of the Bail
Enforcement Academies being advertised on the Internet! Some fall very short of preparing anyone to get into this profession.
There are only a couple that really make the grade and will be worth
hundreds of dollars to attend.
- However, I do HIGHLY recommend that you READ as much as humanly possible
from any source you can find, including books written by others.
- BE CAREFUL, always double-check other people's statements and opinions,
some folks do not have an accurate handle on the laws that govern
what we do. (Most investigators still think it's OK to arrest
people in another state and extradite them without magistration.)
Accepting what one person says could land you in jail on any number
of charges- kidnapping, assault, unlawful carrying of a weapon,
criminal trespass, breaking and entering, etc; not to mention the
civil liability side of this coin!
- This is where a trusted mentor comes in. You can find one
many different ways, but ultimately it's a question of trust; will
you bug out if the apprehension gets ugly?
Will you be mindful of your appearance on behalf of this
profession? Will you
keep the agent's and the defendant's safety in mind no matter what
is happening? And will
you understand that you create liability for yourself, the mentor
and the client through your actions?
- This is where your research and information gathering becomes
- Get comfortable with research and learn to identify the multitude
of sources of information for not only the laws in your state
affecting bail action, but everything that concerns the bondsman.
Some topics to pursue on your own should include how the
District or County Attorney pursues a bond forfeiture, what steps
are required, what defenses are available in a bond forfeiture
lawsuit, (I had a bondsman exonerated because of a little known
Texas law despite the fact that we were unable to put the defendant
in custody) common business practices, etc.
Your goal should be to become able to counsel your clients on more
than just how to put a guy in jail, even though that will be the
most important aspect of your services. I've gotten more of my
competition's clients by just being able to teach them how to make
better bond writing decisions and to show them where their current
investigator is jeopardizing the bonding company (back to legal
- “Scott has an enormous amount of enthusiasm
regarding all things bail related.
He possesses a rare insight and an understanding of many
legal concepts exhibited by even a very few lawyers.”
Asst. District Attorney
- You could take 2 to 3 years gathering this information or you
can benefit from someone who has this information and the
experience you desire.
- If you have a desire to play cops and robbers, save yourself the
aggravation… become a police officer and get it out of your
system. The bail enforcement profession has no more room for
Bounty Hunters. If
your goal is to become a professional within this industry and are
prepared to make the effort,