A recent news report detailed that two fake bounty hunters were accused of robbing women. The claim was that the two men had said that they were bounty hunters and that they were trying to apprehend a pimp that had disappeared after a bail bondsman had posted $80,000 bail. Both of the men involved had uniforms and had seemed to be completely legitimate bounty hunters at time. These types of stories make many individuals wonder how it’s even possible to be able to determine whether bounty hunters are legitimately what they claim to be or not.
There are many who will argue that bounty hunters need to have some form of licensing or certification so that these types of issues don’t continue to happen. If certification or other proof was available, it would be easier for people to distinguish whether it’s true when someone claims to be a bounty hunter. Often times, people make the mistake of trying to hire these types of services online without doing any additional research to validate whether what they have found is legitimate or not. With bounty hunting, because anyone can make these claims that they are a professional and that they have experience, it’s very risky to hire someone without proof.
The best option is to ask for reviews and some type of reference system from the prospective bounty hunters you’re interested in working with. If the individual is legitimate, then they should have no problem with producing some form of proof to provide you with peace of mind.
Understanding Bail Bonds
A bail bond, also known as a surety bond, is defined as a “formal, legally enforceable contract between a first party (the principal or obligor), a second party (the customer or obligee), and a third party (the surety, such as a bank, bonding company, or insurance company) whereby the surety guarantees payment of a specified maximum sum, or to otherwise compensate (indemnify), the obligee against damage or loss caused by the actions (or a failure to perform) of the obligor)." Bail bonds guarantee that the defendant will appear in court every time that he or she is ordered to do so based on requests by the court.
If the defendant doesn’t attend court as requested, then the bond will be forfeited and the defendant will be issued an arrest warrant. The statutes for this vary from state to state, although in most cases the defendant will be subject to apprehension and arrest. The cost for bail bonds tend to vary from state to state and may be based on statutory rates or rates that have been filed by the insurance company that has underwritten the bond. Depending on the defendant’s criminal history (if any), collateral may be needed. A collateral receipt should be provided when the bond is written. The return of the collateral is based on statutes in most states; it should be held in trust for the party that is arranging the bail.