Boba Fett - Bounty Hunter From a Galaxy Far Far AwayWhen it comes to Denver Bail Bonds and working as a fugitive recovery agent, also called a bounty hunter, anyone interested in the profession needs to think long and hard before jumping in. Defendants out on bail from the Denver City jail who skip their court date and flee could be dangerous, hardened criminals.
As such, anyone who wants a career in bail bonds in Aurora needs to ask a number of questions, preferably to a licensed and experienced fugitive recovery agent.

  • How much money can I earn if I’m trying to apprehend defendants skipping out at the Denver County jail? Like many jobs where you sell a product or service, the amount of money a fugitive recovery agent or bail enforcement agent can make varies. Most are paid on contingency, meaning if they don’t fulfill their obligation – namely, returning a defendant to custody or making sure the person appears in court – then they don’t get paid. And when they do, it’s usually a percentage of the bail with the bail bondsman company getting a share, too. Some fugitive recovery agents who are well established earn a comfortable six-figure income, while even those who work part-time nights or weekends could earn $25,000 or more.

  • Is it dangerous? It can be. No amount of training or experience can prepare you for every situation, as every defendant reacts differently when being tracked down and apprehended. Some give in right away, while others will try and resist as long as possible. Some defendants that an agent is paid to track down are hardened criminals.

  • Can I carry a gun? With the proper training and licensing, a fugitive recovery agent can carry a weapon, but must abide by all laws.

  • Will I be involved in car chases? Car chases occasionally happen, though most agents try their best to obey all laws wherever possible. The best agents out there play by the rules when it comes to Colorado Bail Bonds.

  • How can I become a fugitive recovery agent? In Colorado, licensing is handled by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), which also provides information on where testing takes place. Law enforcement schools offer pre-certification training programs to those interested in a career as a bounty hunter.

  • What kind of skills do I need to work in bail bonds in Aurora? Many different skills are required to be successful. There are any number of “hard” and “soft” skills that pay dividends: Surveillance, Interviewing and Deception Detection,  Skip Tracing, Negotiating, Marketing, Apprehension Techniques, Networking, Pretexting, and Research skills. As with any profession, a fugitive recovery agent needs to be well rounded in terms of a formal education, and in getting a good read on people they may be pursuing.

  • Professionals don’t care for the title “Bounty Hunter.” Why? Bounty Hunting smacks of the Wild West, when people were offered rewards to capture or kill a criminal or someone suspected of criminal behavior. But times have changed. Today, rewards are only offered for information leading to capture or arrest of a fugitive so the legal system can run its course.  Fugitive recovery agents work for professional fees rather than bounties.  Within the industry, “Bounty Hunter”  is increasingly being used in an insulting manner.

  • Where can I get education and take certification testing? The official pre-certification courses and licensing exams are handled through the Department of Regulatory Agencies, but several brick and mortar schools offer fugitive recovery agent courses which are a good building block for further course work and eventual certification training.