Bail Enforcement: Two Sides Of This Coin
Bail enforcement typically means being a bounty hunter and tracking down people who have jumped bail. However, there is another side to bail enforcement. Both sides of this same coin are discussed below.
The Commonly Known Side of Bail Enforcement
When a person out on bail does not make his/her required court appearances and actually leaves town to run and hide, that puts the bail bondsman in a lurch. The bail agent acts as the person who reassures that the person out on bail will make an appearance in court. It is almost seen as a professional failure on the part of the bond agent when the bail jumper does not show.
Hence, the bail agent has only a handful of choices. He/she has to hire a bounty hunter to track down and retrieve the bail jumper, or he/she is a bounty hunter who can track down his/her own bail jumpers. Some bail bonds agents opt to become bounty hunters because it saves them a lot of money in the long run. Another option is to let the bail jumper run until the police catch up to the bail jumper in another state or another city. Statewide notifications sent to all police alert them to be on the lookout for the bail jumper. If caught, arrested, and returned to the jurisdiction of the bail agent and the court wherein the bail jumper was supposed to appear, the bail jumper is placed in jail with no chance for bail going forward.
The Other Side of the Bail Enforcement Coin
Many bail bonds companies will require and/or request the title to some kind of property as collateral at the time a bail bond is secured. However, if the bail agent has to collect said property, the person who placed the property up for bail may try to abscond with the property. One such example is jumping in the car used to secure bail and driving away with the car. Another is burning down the house that was used to secure a bail bond when a bail jumper runs off and the family member that used the family's home to secure bail bonds decides that the house will not be relinquished.
In cases like these, the bond agent is owed the promised value of the property in exchange for the bail bond. When the property is stolen, hidden, and/or destroyed to less than the value originally promised, the bail bond agent is essentially robbed. He/she can try to hunt down and take the property by force before it is destroyed or disappears, and/or hunt down the bail jumper to reduce the bail agent's losses.
For more information on bail enforcement services, contact a bail bonds company.