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Bounty Hunters: How are they legal?

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Here's a story about a guy who died in an incident with them:

<a href="http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/3471395.htm" target="_blank">http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/3471395.htm</a>

How is the idea of a Bounty Hunter legal? They aren't law enforcement officers, so how can they arrest and even kill people? :confused:

Maybe I'm just missing something. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
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post #2 of 9
I didn't know they were? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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And it is incidents like that where people start to question the way in which bounty hunters operate. Essentially, they enforce those who skip bail. They are allowed under law to bring those people to justice, and are hired by the bail bond agencies.

Some states I believe don't allow bounty hunters, other states simply do not allow them to carry firearms. Some states require bounty hunters to have certain licenses stating that they are a bounty hunter, while other's don't.

Bounty Hunters are allowed to use any means necessary to capture their "skip". Tey do not need a warrant. It's a fascinating 'rogue' industry. We have bounty hunter's because the police don't have enough time to go after every warrant put on someone's head because they skipped bail.
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[quote]Originally posted by CosmoNut:
<strong>Here's a story about a guy who died in an incident with them:

<a href="http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/3471395.htm" target="_blank">http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/3471395.htm</a>

How is the idea of a Bounty Hunter legal? They aren't law enforcement officers, so how can they arrest and even kill people? :confused:

Maybe I'm just missing something. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>


Did you read the article? Maybe you should?

BTW when you get a bail bond you agree that they can find you and bring you back. Also here's a hint. Don't pick a fight with a bail bondsman.
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[quote]Originally posted by M3D Jack:
<strong>And it is incidents like that where people start to question the way in which bounty hunters operate. Essentially, they enforce those who skip bail. They are allowed under law to bring those people to justice, and are hired by the bail bond agencies.

Some states I believe don't allow bounty hunters, other states simply do not allow them to carry firearms. Some states require bounty hunters to have certain licenses stating that they are a bounty hunter, while other's don't.

Bounty Hunters are allowed to use any means necessary to capture their "skip". Tey do not need a warrant. It's a fascinating 'rogue' industry. We have bounty hunter's because the police don't have enough time to go after every warrant put on someone's head because they skipped bail.</strong><hr></blockquote>


This is mostly wrong. There was an important Supreme Court case wrt bount hunters.
post #6 of 9
Well, that is the gist of what I got out of a seminar on the whole thing about a year ago. From my understanding, the laws vary a lot from state to state. What exactly is wrong in what I said?

Bounty Hunters in general aren't tightly regulated...

They don't need a warrant to search a home if they have good reason to believe a suspect is in there

They are allowed to take people into custody.

They exist because there is a demand for people to catch people skipping on their bail bond

I don't claim to be an expert, I just thought it might be an interesting job, so I went to a seminar about it, and decided I really didn't want to do it
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[quote]Originally posted by scott_h_phd:
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Did you read the article? Maybe you should?
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Yeah, genius. I did. Seeing as though I've never posted bail/bond for anything, I have NO idea what bounty hunters are allowed to do/be. That's why I asked.
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post #8 of 9
Heard this guy's got a good rep...



Bounty Hunters have been around for a few hundred years. It's our old wild west.... And I agree, if you've skipped bail...you are in the sights of some very serious, sometimes dangerous people that'll do anything to "get their man".

Saw a documentary on one and it was very revealing. Most of them were formerly enlisted men, police officers or otherwise "tough guys" who took courses to be one. There can be good money involved in it. And danger. The ones you're trying to catch are dangerous, desperate people. Like any profession, if you aren't trained or experienced...you'll hurt yourself or others.
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post #9 of 9
Bounty Hunters are very legal. They are ruthless and not to be messed with. Unless, of course, you are in a ship that can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. But I digress.
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