What is a Bounty Hunter
What is a bounty hunter? A bounty hunter, in simple terms, is a skilled professional who is hired by a bail bondsman to find and capture a fugitive in exchange for a monetary reward. The bounty hunter’s reward, which is considered the “bounty,” is typically a percentage of the bail. If a fugitive’s bail is $10,000, a bail bondsman may offer the bounty hunter between 10 and 20 percent of the bail amount, or $1,000 to $2,000, if the fugitive is successfully captured and brought to justice.
Bounty hunters today, in most states, are licensed and/or registered professionals who play an important role in the bail bond business and therefore in the nation’s criminal justice system. Their role is closely monitored by state insurance departments and other licensing authorities. Just four states (Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Oregon and Illinois) ban the practice of bounty hunting, although most states have clear statutes (even if they don’t license bounty hunters) that regulate the practice of these professionals in the state.