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Becoming a “Bounty Hunter”

A bounty hunter works with the bail bondsman and the state to bring back fugitives to court to stand trial. To become a bounty hunter, one should have an interest in criminal justice and also have experience in the army or the police force so as to make one a better professional.

What does a bounty hunter do?

To become a bounty hunter, one must respect and work within the laws. Your main work is to track a defendant who fails to show up in court. You will look for them in their homes, or try and track them if they are on the run. Creativity is important to establish the whereabouts of the defendant.

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Becoming a bounty hunter

One must be knowledgeable about state laws to become a bounty hunter. Unethical or illegal actions may land you into trouble. You may also cause trouble to the bail bond company. To maintain good work ethics, a bounty hunter should constantly get updates on rules and regulations of the state and follow them. If you want to pursue this career, you must be physically fit and be willing to train. One does not require any professional training. But firearm safety rules and other training requirements that may differ from one state to another must be met.

Some companies offer on-job training. They train on investigation skills and civil laws. You may also get training on apprehending and arresting a fugitive.

The career outlook for a bounty hunter

There is an increase in demand for bounty hunters. The salaries vary depending on the state, level of experience and number of fugitives apprehended. Bounty hunters work in collaboration with the courts and bail bondsman companies. Good public relations are an important attribute that one must have to excel in this career. Other qualities include excellent research skills and patience.

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