The Difference Between a Bail Bondsman and a Bounty Hunter

    Have you ever wondered about the difference between the bail bondsmen and the bounty hunters? The simple and direct answer to this intriguing question is that a bail bondsman helps people get out of jail, while a bounty hunter puts people in jail. Sounds like a complete opposite? Not really. The truth is, they work with each other closely towards a common goal. To find out the difference between these two important job titles, let us take a look at the responsibilities or duties of each one.

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    Bail Bondsman

    The main job of a bail bondsman or bail bond agent is to help a person get out of jail. He lets the accused criminal make a loan, so the person can post a bail and gain temporary freedom. However, there are instances when the defendant does not show up on a court hearing. In this case, the bail bond agent, or the bail company, loses a significant amount of money. And when it happens, the bail bondsmen often employ the services of a fugitive recovery agent or popularly called “bounty hunters.”

    Bounty Hunter

    The main job of a bounty hunter or sometimes called Fugitive Recovery Agent is to put people in jail. They pursue, arrest, and bring the fugitive to the court within the time set by the judge. They are licensed and registered individuals who have a major role in the criminal justice of any country. Their job is to find people who were released on bail but did not show up on their court proceedings. This job requires a lot of investigative work and they have extensive ways to do the arrest. They are paid only if they successfully deliver the fugitive to the court within the required time frame.

    The Differences

    • The bail bonds agent can hire the bounty hunter to look for the accused and bring him into custody, but the bounty hunters cannot hire the bail bond agents to post a bond to release the accused person.
    • A bail bond agent is not allowed and is not licensed to carry a gun while bounty hunters have the right to carry firearms or defend themselves.
    • A bail bondsman does not have the license to track or arrest the person accused of bail jumping while the bounty hunter is the one responsible for tracking and arresting the fugitive.
    • A bail bondsman cannot enter into a fugitive’s home without a search warrant (it is not also his duty), while a bounty hunter can search a fugitive’s residence without a search warrant. But they can only enter a fugitive’s home when they are sure that the person really lives there. They are not allowed to enter the homes of the fugitive’s family or friends.  A bounty hunter also has the right not to announce or even read the Miranda rights to the accused before making the arrest.

    Yes, there is a major difference between bail bondsmen and bounty hunters in terms of the nature of their job. Despite the great differences, however, both work together for a common cause.

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