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A bail enforcement agent, often referred to as a "bounty hunter," is no ordinary job. Not only do you have to be fit, fully equipped with necessary weapons, and have a good understanding of the law, you must also be fearless. It may seem like a simple gig, but there's a lot more to being a bounty hunter than you think.1. A Working Knowledge Of The Law
There are some states that have downright outlawed bounty hunting, so you need to know what your state's legislation dictates first. Some states may require you to pass a particular bail enforcement agent course. In fact, unless you're looking forward to having sleepless nights at a local library or are willing to pester a relevant government official 24/7, a bail enforcement agent course is actually one of your best options. These courses are great because they can teach you about all the little legal intricacies that are involved with bounty hunting, plus you get a sweet little certificate at the end. Slam that badboy up on the fridge the next day.
Image: Tetra Images/Getty Images2. A Good Physical And Mental State
You can't run after escaped criminals and bring them to justice on a donut diet. It's just not gonna happen. Also, you have to learn to defend yourself, either by taking self-defense classes, or by learning martial arts if you're feeling particularly tough. How are you gonna catch bad guys if you can't take them down like a pro? Many states will test just how physically fit you are to see what your endurance and stamina are like. Perhaps even more important is the fact that you must have the courage to actually do the job, knowing you'll be put in many life or death situations.
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There's a boatload of fugitives out there, and that means plenty of opportunity to rake in some moolah. Like any job, it's all about networking: the best way to do this is to start by talking to local bail agencies. You wanna be buddy-buddy with the as many bail bondsmen as you can, so the second that they are in need of someone who can help them apprehend a fugitive, they'll drop you a line. As your client base grows so will your name, and then it's all aboard the gravy train. Alright, it may not be that simple, but by also becoming friends with cops, it can be. It doesn't hurt to be friends with all forms of local law enforcement.
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You've probably read about it, heard about it, seen movies about it, and have come to the conclusion that bounty hunting is awesome and may just be the most exciting career known to man. However fun as it may seem, it is one of the absolute most dangerous jobs out there too. You have to consider your family, friends, and yourself, and really think about the decision you're about to make. This ain't no joke. The criminals you go after may be fully armed, so the most rewarding job may just be the most hazardous job.
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