How to Become a Bounty Hunter in Wisconsin

Since 1979, bounty hunting has been banned in Wisconsin. Current Wisconsin laws state that “no surety can be compensated for serving a surety,” thereby completely eliminating the commercial bail bond business in the state. If you are a fugitive recovery agent in Wisconsin, you are committing a crime liken to kidnapping; only Wisconsin law enforcement officers have the ability to arrest and detain fugitives. Accordingly, there are no classes or certifications for bail enforcement officers in the state.

If a law enforcement career  in Wisconsin is something you want to pursue, you should earn a degree in criminal justice, criminology, or public administration in lieu of bounty hunting. Any one of these degrees will help qualify you for positions in related fields, such as police officer or professional investigator.

Bail Bond Basics in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s pretrial system is managed by the courts or the local government. If you are charged with a crime, your bail is set and determined by a judge based on an assessment of your flight risk. You then pay bail directly to the court or are released on your own recognizance if the judge deems it appropriate. If you appear in court as planned, you are refunded the amount paid minus court fees. However, if you miss your court date, you forfeit your bail and an arrest warrant is issued. The court, in turn, keeps your bail as a fee and local law enforcement, not a bail enforcement agent, conducts a manhunt to re-arrest you.