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    [b]Bail fugitive recovery agents must be 18 years old, have no felony convictions, complete a specified training courses, and notify local law enforcement of their intent to apprehend a bail fugitive no more than 6 hours before doing so.

    They must have written authorization from the bond agent when making an arrest, and cannot forcibly enter any premises, except pursuant to certain existing provisions of law governing arrest by a private person.

    Bounty hunters cannot represent themselves as law officers, or wear badges or uniforms that a reasonable person might mistake for a government agency.

    All bounty hunters must carry with them a certification of completion of required courses and training programs.

    Out of state bounty hunters must be licensed in their home states, or be licensed bail agents.

    Private detectives need not obtain a separate bounty hunter license to operate in the state.

    This law will remain in effect only until January 1, 2005. Cal. Penal Code 1299.

    In addition, bounty hunter or bond agent who captures defendant in California must go through extradition procedures to transport him interstate. Cal. Penal Code 847.5 (1995 West); Ouzts v. Maryland Nat'l Ins. Co., 505 F.2d 547 (9th Cir.1974).

    After an arrest of a defendant on bail, the surety must deliver him to the court or police within 48 hours of the arrest if it occurs within California; if the arrest occurs out of state, the surety must deliver the defendant within 48 hours of their entering California. Cal. Penal Code 1301.




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    bounty hunter

    how do i become a bounty hunter

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    Send an email to bounty.passcode@ipiu.org and they will send an instruction email back to your email box. Read it carefully and follow the instructions.

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    Question

    Can you become a Bounty Hunter If you have a misd of 273.5?
    I have a friend,and he wants to become a bunty hunter.He knows he cant carry a firearm,but would like to know can he still become one.

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    Re: Question

    Originally posted by Agent H.Douglas
    Can you become a Bounty Hunter If you have a misd of 273.5?
    I have a friend,and he wants to become a bunty hunter.He knows he cant carry a firearm,but would like to know can he still become one.
    1) Read the requirements again posted above. It says "felony's" and not misdemeanors.

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    No Problem

    No problem,Yu have told me what I wanted to know.
    And I did read what was posted,But I still had to ask to make sure.He wanted to know for sure.I had told him,but I wanted to ask someone els.Thank you. and I will change my user name,but that Is my name.

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    Re: No Problem

    Originally posted by Agent H.Douglas
    No problem,Yu have told me what I wanted to know.
    And I did read what was posted,But I still had to ask to make sure.He wanted to know for sure.I had told him,but I wanted to ask someone els.Thank you. and I will change my user name,but that Is my name.
    Actually, just give me your full first name and I will modify it for you, thereby keeping your comments in tact.

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    Sorry!

    I had done what you asked me already. My full name Is Haywood
    Last name Is Douglas. I am not trying to cause any trouble on here. I am new,and I want to learn.so' any Information that you can provide me with can and really be helpful. Will complete my education this week. and I have my PC 832/837 ,guard card w/firearm. Me and my friend have been wanting to get into the
    bounty hunting,have been trough allot.He has just recently found that he has that 273.5.misd, and was not sure If there were going to be anymore surprises. That's why I asked.

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    I did some research about the Bounty-Hunter or Bail fugitive recovery Person-Agent. I found out that there are Institutes teaching you to become a bounty-hunter and they will give you the certificate of completion for that course. In California bounty-hunter act. ( i don't know about any other state) they require the completion of 40hrs of Power of Arrest certified by P.O.S.T, power of arrest course certified by B.S.I.S and 12hrs education relating to duties and responsibilies of a Bail License certified by D.O.I to become a bounty-hunter. I don't know if I still need to complete the requirements by the state or just the certificate of completion by the Institute.?

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    Originally posted by QuyenM
    I don't know if I still need to complete the requirements by the state or just the certificate of completion by the Institute.?
    You need to find out if the course studies/training fills the requirements of the state. If not, you will still need to complete all requirements of the state to get licensed.

    Before you decide to enroll in a course, ask if the state requirements will be met upon successful completion. Then verify that with the state.

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    No Bounty Hunter License

    Bail Enforcement in California does not require a license. It does require the above information. The BSIS powers of arrest (guard card) the POST powes of arrest (equivalent to PC 832 Mod. A) and either the 12 hour bail prelicensing class or a PI License. You must carry a copy of each on your person when performing Bail Enforcement. I have photocopied, and shrunken down to business card size, laminated them, so that they all remain clean, and crisp. Also if you carry a firearm, you need the BSIS Open & Exposed Permit, or a CCW if you carry concealed. Be safe.

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    Badge?

    Can a Fugitive Recovery Agent wear a badge in the course of Bail Enforcement?

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    Question Bounty Hunter Certificate of Completion

    "All bounty hunters must carry with them a certification of completion of required courses and training programs. " Anthony Bridgestone, Moderator
    How do you obtain this certificate of completion? Through which agency and what is the cost/s involved?

    Also, does the bounty hunter get the entire reward if there is a price on the person's head?
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    Question Bounty Hunting

    Hello I live in Texas right now and plan on moving to Cali. after I get out of college, I will get my badge and licence while I still live in T.X. What do I need to do when I move (since the laws are some-what different will that change my job any by much)
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    Bail Enforcement is an interesting twist to the whole investigation side of life.

    I am glad it was explained and once you have your P.I. license under your belt the Guard Card and 832 pc course are a snap.

    Now that I have this info I think I will look into it further.

    Does anyone know how you begin working with a bail agent?

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    needing a sponser

    Would like to find out if i can be sponserd by a trained bail recovery agent, so i can proceed to the next level I would be very thankfull.

    IF you need to know about you can get a hold of me here or on line at a later date.

    Thanks for you time
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    I did 12h course and 3h security cards and now waiting the course 832pc so that's all i need ,after that i need to carry a badge or no.thank you

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    MR JEREMY MAURER
    i have pc832 ,i have guard card ,but how you can get the permit for exposed weapon,please if you let me know thank you

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    Dear group ,
    ALSO a Licensed PI can do fugitive recovery without all the above classes & Hours

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    is there anyone who can train me?thank you

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    Am I to assume that you can wear a badge as long as it does NOT replicate anything that we currently have for law enforcement badges? OR Is it just better not to. I would think that if you are apprehending a criminal, you would want to have something that says you aren't just some crazy off of the street. That can be a rather dangerous line of work.
    Also, can someone point me in a direction in Los Angeles where I might find these P.O.S.T certified classes?
    Thank you to all that answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole Rhoades
    Am I to assume that you can wear a badge as long as it does NOT replicate anything that we currently have for law enforcement badges? OR Is it just better not to. I would think that if you are apprehending a criminal, you would want to have something that says you aren't just some crazy off of the street. That can be a rather dangerous line of work.
    It is to avoid any misrepresentation or impersonating an officer charges. Also, it would help not to have one resemble just in case someone falsly accuses you of doing such.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole Rhoades
    Also, can someone point me in a direction in Los Angeles where I might find these P.O.S.T certified classes?
    Thank you to all that answer.
    Click here:
    http://www.post.ca.gov/training/default.asp

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    As a former Deputy Sheriff will I still need to take the powers of arrest classes? I should probably take it anyway since it has been over 5 years and I am sure some things have changed. Just curious.

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    Interesting line of work

    Bounty hunting is an extremely detailed line of work in California. As far as all of the questions about badges I would assume that not having one would insure that no misrepresentation could happen. As well as identify yourself as a bail fugitive recovery agent upon meeting the defendent.

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    Exclamation Question

    I am currenty in the process of obtaining by bail bonding license. I would like to open my own office here in San Francisco. I would also like to get my bounty hunters license as well. Giving me more authority and ability of arrest over any clients that decide to obscound. As well as giving me the ability to protect my self with a fire arm.
    The problem that I am running into is that I do have a felony conviction on my record (grand theft). I will have the ability in the near future to have the felony charged lowered to a lesser charge (removing the felony conviction).
    My question is there any way to obtain a bounty hunters license with this conviction with out yet obtaining a fire arms license? and obtaining the fire arms license later after I have this conviction lowered? Or will this conviction always keep me from ever getting into this line of work?

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    Being a Bounty Hunter seems like a very difficult line of work. You have to understand all of the rules of engagement before getting involved. Looks like everyone in this forum are very helpful with the information being presented...keep up the good work here!

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    you can usually find these classes through most community colleges in California, or you can check out the P.O.S.T. website and locate a facility near you.

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    darin,thanks for that link.

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    I have completed all the required training and have made several contacts in Ventura and Los Angeles. Even with my law enforcement background it is difficult to find work. All of the people that I have talked with say the same thing, “Be professional in your attitude and looks and keep contacting Bail Bonds Agents in person”.

    If anyone needs help in So. Cal. Please let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Martz
    Dear group ,
    ALSO a Licensed PI can do fugitive recovery without all the above classes & Hours
    How does being a licensed PI get you around all the classes and hours? I would like to know in case I am able to double my workload. Thank you

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    Simple question

    What are my best options for approching employment with a recovery team. I have seen DOG and I do not want to sound like the Kid that sit's there and says thats cool.

    I spent the time to get my 12 bail pre-license, and I am working on the P.C. 832 class, also the B.S.I.S 8 hour power of arrest.

    Any comments welcome on getting my foot in the door the right way.

    P.S. For anyone looking into getting started Read the laws, Rules and Regulations. Start by searching the web. You find ANYTHING!

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    Keith,

    The first thing to remember is when contacting any Bail Enforcement Agents, Bail Bond companies and PIs is to act professional and dress in business atire not tactical gear. You may wat to try to hook up wit some experienced BEAs and may have to work for free or little pay till you learn the business. It has taken me a long time to get started and I amm a former Law Enforcement officer. Don't give up if this is something you want to do.

    Good Luck

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    Re: Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Haywood_Douglas
    Can you become a Bounty Hunter If you have a misd of 273.5?
    I have a friend,and he wants to become a bunty hunter.He knows he cant carry a firearm,but would like to know can he still become one.
    273.5 is not a misdemeanor in California it is a Felony. also, it involves domestic violence, no one with any kind of conviction due to domestic violence can be hired as any law enforcement official.

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    Re: Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Prado
    273.5 is not a misdemeanor in California it is a Felony. also, it involves domestic violence, no one with any kind of conviction due to domestic violence can be hired as any law enforcement official.
    Thank God (and our justice system!)

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    I have noticed this forum hasnt had any action in a few years. The Laws of of 2005 for a bounty hunter are they currently up to date? I am in the process of getting my P.I. License and will be attending a POST training when I complete my Investigators badge.

    I would like to see this forum be up to date and see who is paying attention here.

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    oops I was reading join dates not post dates my bad!

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    bounty@ipiu.org doesnt work anymore just fyi


    I have sent an email to that address and received a Failure to deliver because the address is no longer available.

    So yes I tried to send and email from my current email address and the address is invalid now. Do you happen to know the correct address?

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Shane Stoneham
    bounty@ipiu.org doesnt work anymore just fyi
    Hi Christopher
    Thank you for your clarification.
    I do not know the answer, but I'll certainly try to find out for you. It may take a day or so.

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Shane Stoneham
    bounty@ipiu.org doesnt work anymore just fyi


    I have sent an email to that address and received a Failure to deliver because the address is no longer available.

    So yes I tried to send and email from my current email address and the address is invalid now. Do you happen to know the correct address?
    The new email address is now:

    bounty.passcode@ipiu.org

    Thank you for reporting this.

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    thanks I will be using that email now

    C Shane Stoneham

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