Bounty hunters act as agents of professional bondsmen. They seek people who have failed to appear in court and have had their bond forfeited. In return for a fee, the bounty hunters take such people into custody and return them to the custody of the bail bondsmen they work for. In Tennessee, the term bounty hunter does not apply to bail bondsmen that take people into custody. Source: https://www.bountyhunteredu.org/tennessee/
Bounty hunting is a recognized profession in the United States.
How to become a bounty hunter
- Meet the state requirements: have a record free of felony convictions; have a criminal background check performed on you by the sheriff of the county that you live in; and have fingerprint checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).
- All bounty hunters must take part in eight hours of education a year to work in Tennessee. According to state law, you must obtain this training from TAPBA. This training cannot cost more than $240 according to Tennessee state law.
Once you have completed the requirements, you may begin to work with a professional bail agent who offers jobs for bounty hunters.