Bounty Hunting in West Virginia
A Bounty Hunter in West Virginia is officially known as a “Bail Bond Enforcer.” They do have the authority to make arrests, but may not enter an occupied residential structure without consent of the individuals residing within. They must also ensure the safety of individuals other than the defendant when making an arrest and may not wear anything identifying them as in any way affiliated with local or federal government or law enforcement. Clearly, state law puts the safety of innocent bystanders at a premium. Furthermore, they may only make arrests with written authorization from a licensed bail bondsman. Thus, it is imperative to have a god relationship with a bail bond agency to work as a Fugitive Recovery Agent in the state.
How to Become a Bounty Hunter in West Virginia
Because Bounty Hunters need authorization to make arrests in West Virginia, they must be employed by a licensed bail bondsman. In order to find employment it is wise to first specify a county in which you wish to work and seek out bonding agencies within that county. Then, to prove that you are prepared to safely and effectively skip trace fugitives, education in state bond laws and training in safe and effective skip tracing and fugitive apprehension techniques, as well as firearms training, are highly recommended. Only once any or all of the agencies that you wish to work for have provided written endorsement can you register as a Bail Bond Enforcer in West Virginia.
West Virginia Bounty Hunter License and Requirements
No license is required to work as a Bounty Hunter in West Virginia. However, Fugitive Recovery Agents must register with the West Virginia State police, procedures for which are available from the West Virginia Secretary of State. This registration must be accompanied by designation from at least one bond agent for whom you will be working, a set of fingerprints, and a full face photograph. In addition, one must prove that they are at least 21 years old, a US citizen or legal resident, and never convicted of a felony, as well as authorization from any agency for which the Fugitive Recovery Agent will work. Keep in mind that the superintendent of the State Police may also require “interrogations or examinations” to prove that you are qualified to act in a way that does not endanger the public. Training and education can easily prove your knowledge and capabilities as a Bounty Hunter and ensure that you are able to register with no trouble.