There is a difference between a bounty hunter and a bail bondsman although the two professions frequently get confused. The two often work closely together to achieve the same result, which is to find and return a fugitive to the criminal justice system. Why do these two roles get confused so often? In some states, a bail bondsman also performs the same duties as a bounty hunter. In other words, there are times when one person is authorized to perform both job functions.
A bail bondsman makes a loan to an accused criminal, usually while they are in jail, in order to help that person post bond and go free. Bail bondsmen are often regulated by a state’s insurance board, so they are mandated to carry property and casualty insurance. If a defendant fails to show up for the scheduled court hearing, the bail bondsman can lose a significant sum of money. As accused criminals often fail to show, a bail bondsman may employ the services of a bounty hunter to help them stem their financial losses.
The bounty hunter works with a bail bondsman to assist in tracking, locating, apprehending, and returning fugitives to the criminal justice system. Bail bondsmen pay them for their services. Bounty Hunters are key performers when it comes to assisting the bail bonds system. They are also key to helping the communities in which they serve stay safe from criminals who need to face their charges inside the criminal justice system.