SO YOU WANT TO BECOME A BOUNTY HUNTER, EH?

So, a lot of us have heard the term, ‘Bounty hunter’ thrown around every now and then. In pop culture, one of the most famous bounty hunters is Boba Fett from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He was so cool, right? A lot of us, however, don’t actually know what or who these people are.

JUST WHAT EXACTLY IS A BOUNTY HUNTER? WHAT DO THEY DO?

First off, the term ‘bounty hunter’ is a tad archaic and they are more commonly referred to as bail enforcement agents, bail agents, bail officers, fugitive recovery officers or bail fugitive recovery specialist. A bail agent is a person who arrests fugitives in return for compensation. This ‘fugitive’ is usually a person who fails or refuses to come for an arranged court hearing.

The court is allowed to issue or put out a bench or arrest warrant on the defendant, due to failure to show. Once this is done, the bail bondsman, who posted the fugitive’s bail, can choose to forfeit the money or drag the fugitive defendant to court for trial.

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF SKIPPING BAIL?

Bail can be defined as a legally binding agreement that a defendant will show up in court on a given day and at a given time for trial. This agreement allows a person to have a life outside jail while waiting for the trial day. If the person fails to show up in court for his or her trial, then the person is said to be skipping bail and that can lead to several serious repercussions.

BAIL IS FORFEITED AND REVOKED

When a person skips bail, the first thing that is one is revocation of the bail. Someone caught skipping bail, will be sent back to jail usually, without the option of getting out again, until the trial is over. The bail money might be returned in some cases, if the defendant shows up within a few days after missing the date, with a good excuse for missing the original date.

AN ARREST WARRANT IS ISSUED

When a person skips bail, the court issues an arrest warrant for the person. This document gives the police the authority to arrest the person, as soon as they see him or her. These warrants last forever and if one were to conduct a federal criminal records search, they would locate the information still.