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    [b]A bounty hunter cannot have criminal record, must notify local police of defendant's location, and present to the police a copy of the warrant, a copy of the bond, and evidence that bounty hunter has been hired by bond agent. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-11-3.



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    You have done an excellent job in posting various state recovery laws. I believe the correct cite for Tenn. is Tennessee Code Annotated 40-11-318. I only add this in case someone is trying to look up the hard copy. Your description of the law, however, is correct.
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    Originally posted by Joe Stiles
    Any person attempting to effect an arrest of a bail skip in Tennessee should be aware that there are two separate statutes governing bail arrest in Tennessee. TCA 40-11-133 governs the right of an in state bondsman when making an arrest of a bailee on bond with their company, while TCA 40-11-318 governs the arrest of a bailee by bondsmen from out of state or independent bail enforcement agents. Two bail agents from Knoxville were arrested two nights ago when they attempted to arrest a skip for a Georgia bailbonds company. They mistakenly relied on the wrong statute and were subsequently charged with several serious offenses. Although Tennessee is a commercial bail state and recoveries can be done here, there are several jurisdictions within the state that are hostile to bail enforcement agents. When attempting an arrest in this state, please notify us and we will be happy to provide you any information we have concerning the jurisdiction in which you think you will be working.

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    What would be the steps in order to get a bounty hunter license in TN. How long does it take? any reply would be great im a newbie on the Forum? Thanks

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    Thanks for answering my questions it sounds like it could be risky if you get false infomation, before making an arrest. Thank You for you help I now have some infomation to help me make a decision about becoming a bounty hunter.

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    No license is needed in Tennessee. Having been in this business somewhat since the early 80's, it has been a pleasure for me...

    If you have many questions pertaining to what I call a Fugitive Recovery Agent (aka Bounty Hunter), then check with some of your Bail Bond Agencies in your area for more detailed information...

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    In TN the police told me that when you find your skip to call them to go with you for your safety as well as correctly doing it.

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    The statement that no "license" is required is not exactly true. You must attend an eight training session and obtain a certificate of training to be legal in Tennessee. Refer to TCA 40-11-401 for the "Continuing Education Required" statute text. The sessions are given by the Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents and cannot exceed $240 in cost. You can download a registration form at their site and mark the box for Bail Enforcement Officer, plus you need to have a current background check which you must present at the time you register for the class.

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    Re: TENNESSEE LAW: Bounty Hunter

    ok ive got a few questions about the lisence issue i just finnished a course from compass point investigations . Is that an adaquite course do i need to take another class . Also i have herd that you need a lisence in tennessee ,and also that you dont , If you do need one wher do i apply at any help would be gratefull

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    I just wanted to say thank you for posting this. It has been a great help in answering alot of questions. I am new to the Tennessee area and have found alot of answers here.

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    Re: TENNESSEE LAW: Bounty Hunter

    Are Bail Enforcement Agents allowed to carry firearms while on a recovery mission in the state, but as long as they are lisenced?

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    Re: TENNESSEE LAW: Bounty Hunter

    Richy,

    I have replied you your question in the NY BEA Licensing thread. Are you planning to move to Tennessee? If you're not, you won't find answers to your questions here, which are accurate for New York. The laws from state to state vary greatly. Something that is legal in TN may not be in NY. Actually, I believe NY has more regulations then most other states (based upon personal research).

    Example: In Colorado, you do not need a license to operate in any area of investigations including Bail Enforcement and Security. In Maryland, you do not need a license as a Bail Enforcement Agent but you do need to be licensed to operate as a PI or Security Guard. Some states allow someone to obtain an all inclusive license whereas other states require you to obtain all individually.

    I hope this helps.

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    Re: TENNESSEE LAW: Bounty Hunter

    Sorry John. I'm just really exploring some states before becoming an Agent, thats all. I'm mainly VERY interested in being a Bail Fugitive Recovery Agent in California, but I thought reaching other states wouldn't hurt. Can't put my all my eggs in one basket, right? So yeah, in case if you were wondering.

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    Re: TENNESSEE LAW: Bounty Hunter

    Richy,

    There's no need to apologize. I'll post another message in your intro which may be helpful.

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    Re: TENNESSEE LAW: Bounty Hunter

    Oh by the way, the reason why I asked this question:

    Are Bail Enforcement Agents allowed to carry firearms while on a recovery mission but as long as they are lisenced?
    is because of this TN law right here Tenn. Code Ann. §39-17-1315.

    But to find out that it means that I need a CCW Permit AND HAVE to be lisenced.

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    Re: TENNESSEE LAW: Bounty Hunter

    Could you copy and paste it here for me (the entire text)? I don't regularly locate laws for states I don't do business in, though I would be happy to look it over and interpret it for you, if you like.

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    Re: TENNESSEE LAW: Bounty Hunter

    From Online Resources:
    Bounty Hunters are recognized under Tennessee law as the agents who take into custody fugitives that have skipped bail for a fee. Interestingly, it is one of the few states that actually refers to Fugitive Recovery Agents as “Bounty Hunters” in state law. In order for Bail Enforcement Agents to make an arrest in the state they must provide law enforcement in the area in which the arrest is taking place with a copy of the warrant, a copy of the bond, and credentials from a Tennessee bondsman stating that they are an agent working for the bondsman.

    How to Become a Bounty Hunter in Tennessee

    Becoming a Bounty Hunter in Tennessee requires eight hours of continuing education, given by the Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents. In order to take the class you must have a current background check proving that you are not a convicted felon. Once the course is completed one must find employment with a professional bondsman, of which there are many in the state. In order to secure employment, training or previous experience is recommended as bond agencies are unlikely to hire Fugitive Recovery Agents with no experience and little knowledge of effective and safe skip tracing techniques.

    Tennessee Bounty Hunter Licenses and Requirements

    There are no licensing requirements for Tennessee Bounty Hunters beyond the aforementioned eight hours of education. There is, however, the requirement that one cannot be a convicted felon. Regardless, training and education should be undertaken in order to facilitate contracts and ensure safe and informed practices that do not get you in trouble with the law and that you can successfully skip trace fugitives.

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