Hollywood filmmakers and reality TV show directors have created a few misconceptions about bounty hunters.
Bounty hunters may have been necessary a few hundred years ago in the "Wild West", but today, there is a different term for those who are utilized by a bail bond company to apprehend a defendant who was released on bail but failed to appear in court when required, according to the California Department of Insurance.
All American Bail Bonds officials write bail bonds in Santa Clarita and want you to know that Bail Bonds Agents are not the same as Bail Fugitive Recovery Agents.
"There is this misconception that Bail Bonds Agents are the same as bounty hunters and that's just not true," said Inessa Chavez, one of the owners of All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita. "Bail Bonds Agents want to help get your loved one out of jail and want to have a positive experience."
Agents for bail bonds in Santa Clarita and the surrounding areas at times will require collateral along with a payment of the premium cost of the bond.
Some types of collateral accepted, for a bail bond in Santa Clarita, would be real property or a pink slip for an automobile. The main purpose of collateral is to protect the bond ensuring that if the defendant fails to appear in court, the bond is financially protected.
If the client does not appear in court, the Bail Bond Agent hires a Bail Fugitive Recovery Agents to find the client and bring them to local authorities.
"Bail bonds in Santa Clarita are necessary," Chavez said. "While the bondsman want to help you, they need to take specific steps to ensure they won't be taking a loss."
As of 2012, Bail Fugitive Recovery Agents have very specific guidelines for who can become one and what their limitations are, including:
• Bail Fugitive Recovery Agents be at least 18 years of age
• Complete 20 hours of classroom education pertinent to the duties and responsibilities of a bail licensee
• Complete a 40 hour power of arrest course certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
• A person convicted of a felony is prohibited from being a bail fugitive recovery person, unless the person is licensed by the Department of Insurance, as specified.
• Persons authorized to apprehend a bail fugitive must notify local law enforcement of his or her intent to apprehend a bail fugitive no more than 6 hours prior to apprehend a bail fugitive, except as specified.
• Any person authorized to apprehend a bail fugitive to carry a certification of completion of the required courses and training programs.