Fugitive Recovery Agent - Bounty HunterWhile you may choose to become a bail bondsman in Denver, a related and equally important field is for a career known as a Fugitive Recovery Agent, also known more popularly as a Bounty Hunter. A Fugitive Recovery Agent has an arguably more exciting job than for someone who works directly in Colorado Bail Bonds industry.
If a defendant is released from the Denver County jail on bond but decides to not follow the rules of their bail and flees, a Fugitive Recovery Agent may be hired by the bail bondsman to recover the defendant. In some cases, the bounty hunter works independently.

A Basic Job Description

A bounty hunter is the guy or gal with the job of making sure a defendant out on bail or awaiting trial follows the conditions of his bail. This means not running away, staying away from certain people, places, or activities illegal in nature. The Fugitive Recovery Agent working on Adams County Bail Bonds is different from the police or judges who enforce laws, but are none the less responsible for some of the things a court or correctional facility would handle. Other parts of the job include making sure the person out on bail pays the bail in full, tracking down a defendant who has jumped bail, and re-arrest the defendant if necessary.

The Good and the Bad

Not every Fugitive Recovery Agent has a career as exciting as what you might see on some reality television shows on cable, but stressful, dangerous events do sometimes occur during the course of the job. There may indeed be an occasional physical confrontation, or there could be a time when a bounty hunter has to go into a residence or other building that isn’t safe.

There also can be some financial uncertainties, as the fugitive recovery agent only gets paid when a defendant has been recovered or goes to trial, and even then it’s a percentage of the bail amount that is normally shared with whoever is handling bail bonds in Aurora or another Colorado location, for example.

But it’s not all bad. The job can, indeed, be lucrative if the agent is well known, respected, has experience in his or her field and has a large client base. In a case like this, jobs come to the fugitive recovery agent, rather than him or her having to look for them.

Another advantage is the schedule. In many cases, the agent works whatever hours are convenient, setting the times and days of the week most conducive to his or her schedule.

Bounty Hunters in Fiction

Bounty hunters hold a special place in the culture of many countries because of the image they project, or the job they do when law enforcement can’t or doesn’t have the resources. But they are also staples of fiction, in movies, books, television, and online. Some of the better known fictional bounty hunters include:

  • Richard Deckard, from the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, later immortalized on film by Harrison Ford in Blade Runner.

  • Famous American television and movie star Steve McQueen played bounty hunter Josh Randall in the television series Wanted: Dead or Alive.
  • The Star Wars character Boba Fett is an inter-galactic bounty hunter charged with “recovering” Han Solo.

And in the Simpsons animated television series, Homer Simpson and his neighbor Ned Flanders get to play bounty hunters in one episode. In real life, when working on bail bonds in Boulder, being a bounty hunter may be a little less thrilling but still rewarding.