Bounty Hunters, Bail Bonds, And Bond Agencies | Common Questions

If you ever get arrested and have no money to bail yourself out of jail, a bail bond company can be incredibly advantageous to have around. Even though these services and the practices associated with bonds and bounty hunting are common in the United States, there is a lot of confusion about the whole idea. Take a look at some of the common curiosities people tend to have about bounty hunters, bail bonds, and bond agencies so you are educated if you ever need help getting out of jail after an arrest. 

What's the difference between a bail bondsman and a bounty hunter?

The bail bondsman is the person who initiates the loan to cover the bail to help a person get out of jail. The bounty hunter is the person usually employed by the bail bondsman or the bond agency to track down those who do not pay back their money or do not return to court. Bounty hunters can also operate as their own sole proprietor and seek out bail jumpers and court skippers to reap the reward offered by the court for the criminal's return. In some areas, a bail bondsman will act as both a bond agent and a bounty hunter if it is legally allowed. 

What all can a bounty hunter do to catch a person?

The laws in each state outline what a bounty hunter can and cannot do when they are in pursuit of someone. According to, the typical rules state that a bounty hunter can: 

  • enter private property without prior announcement or permission granted 
  • make an arrest even without there being a warrant issued by the court 
  • arrest an individual without reading them their Miranda rights 

In certain states, bounty hunters have to be licensed by the state, and there are a few states, like Kentucky and Oregon, in which bounty hunters cannot make an arrest at all. 

Can the bond agency issue a warrant for your arrest?

The bond agency does not have the authority to issue a warrant for your arrest if you do not pay back your bond. What they have the right to do is get in touch with the court system and have your bail revoked because you didn't pay, in which case a warrant can be issued for your arrest. It is important to note that a bounty hunter does not necessarily have to have a warrant for your arrest in order to pursue you.