How to Become a Bounty Hunter in Maine

If you become a bounty hunter in Maine, you will be one of those bail enforcement agents in the country who do not necessarily have a license. You will be, however, obligated to affiliate yourself to a licensed surety company. A surety company acts as the bond for the appearance of an offender in court.

Bounty Hunting in Maine

Aside from being legal, bounty hunting can be practiced in Maine without a license. Maine statutes have no provision that pertains to licensing of bail bond recovery or bail enforcement agents. The only requirement that state has is for a surety company to be authorized to do business in the state.

You will, however, have an edge if you are licensed. Only 8 states in the country do not require bounty hunters to be licensed. If you try to capture a Maine fugitive in, say, Connecticut, which exercises stringent licensing, you will be in legal trouble.

The population and crime rate in Maine also makes bounty hunting a less steady source of income. In 2010, the crime index rate for Maine was 26.09 offenses per 1,000 persons. Violent crimes in the state were recorded at a rate of 1.20 offenses per 1,000 persons while property crimes were at a rate of 24.89. This means that Maine is a relatively peaceful place compared to other states.

Since 2001, Maine has also registered the lowest rate of incarceration and crime and police presence in the U.S. This factor may call for bounty hunting in neighboring states where licenses and trainings are necessary.