Amazing! Bounty hunting is legal in the US

Having played a lot of Red Dead Redemption the topic of bounty hunting was recently on my brain. In some sort of beautiful coincidence I managed to catch the end of a show on TV recently about the arrest and prosecution of 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Duane Chapman for breaking the conditions of his bail after being arrested in Mexico (ironically for false imprisonment of a big time bail jumper).
 
Now as a little bit of history I'd only ever seen 2 or 3 episodes of his show and just assumed it was some sort of ridiculous faux cop show that passed for entertainment and left it at that. After having my interest in the topic spurred again though I did a little bit of research and discovered that, stunningly, bounty hunting is still legal in the US! Don't mistake my surprise for a negative judgment here though, I'm just genuinely shocked that such an old tradition still remains on the US lawbooks.
 
So discovering that Dog's comedy troupe is actually carrying out a legitimate form of justice my question to you, citizens of America, is this. Why are you not out on the street busting ass and dragging criminals into court to collect a pretty penny? Apparently all it takes is a sweet hairdo, scrawny sidekick and amusingly top heavy partner and you're in business!
 

 Oh yeah, don't forget your snakeskin boots partner!

Well actually TV has the facts slightly wrong once again but I figure about now you're pretty interested in this potential new revenue stream and might want to know want legal rights you have in pursuit of these nasty criminal types? Well as it turns out your rights are actually pretty extensive!
 
The main legal authority seems to be Taylor v Taintor an old case of the US Supreme Court from way back in 1873. Apparently that case establishes that a bounty hunter can enter into a criminal's private property without a warrant in order to execute an arrest (curiously though those comments were actually only obiter in the original case but it seems subsequent courts have treated them as binding). Here's where I have to pour a little water on the fire though... Keep in mind your state might have other laws restricting the practice and it seems some states actually require bounty hunters to be trained or registered. In some states though all you need is permission from the bail bondsman and you're good to go!
 
You can expect to collect anywhere up to 20% of the original bail for your capture (no money for dead crooks unfortunately!) but don't forget your badass bounty hunter name for all the official documentation, I'd go with Machete myself.
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Posted by gunslingerNZ

Having played a lot of Red Dead Redemption the topic of bounty hunting was recently on my brain. In some sort of beautiful coincidence I managed to catch the end of a show on TV recently about the arrest and prosecution of 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Duane Chapman for breaking the conditions of his bail after being arrested in Mexico (ironically for false imprisonment of a big time bail jumper).
 
Now as a little bit of history I'd only ever seen 2 or 3 episodes of his show and just assumed it was some sort of ridiculous faux cop show that passed for entertainment and left it at that. After having my interest in the topic spurred again though I did a little bit of research and discovered that, stunningly, bounty hunting is still legal in the US! Don't mistake my surprise for a negative judgment here though, I'm just genuinely shocked that such an old tradition still remains on the US lawbooks.
 
So discovering that Dog's comedy troupe is actually carrying out a legitimate form of justice my question to you, citizens of America, is this. Why are you not out on the street busting ass and dragging criminals into court to collect a pretty penny? Apparently all it takes is a sweet hairdo, scrawny sidekick and amusingly top heavy partner and you're in business!
 

 Oh yeah, don't forget your snakeskin boots partner!

Well actually TV has the facts slightly wrong once again but I figure about now you're pretty interested in this potential new revenue stream and might want to know want legal rights you have in pursuit of these nasty criminal types? Well as it turns out your rights are actually pretty extensive!
 
The main legal authority seems to be Taylor v Taintor an old case of the US Supreme Court from way back in 1873. Apparently that case establishes that a bounty hunter can enter into a criminal's private property without a warrant in order to execute an arrest (curiously though those comments were actually only obiter in the original case but it seems subsequent courts have treated them as binding). Here's where I have to pour a little water on the fire though... Keep in mind your state might have other laws restricting the practice and it seems some states actually require bounty hunters to be trained or registered. In some states though all you need is permission from the bail bondsman and you're good to go!
 
You can expect to collect anywhere up to 20% of the original bail for your capture (no money for dead crooks unfortunately!) but don't forget your badass bounty hunter name for all the official documentation, I'd go with Machete myself.
Posted by Dom

lasso them for double the reward

Posted by gunslingerNZ

Woo someone commented! I was worried it would slip off the front page without much notice, I find the whole thing pretty fascinating though.

Posted by CptBedlam

Saw this guy a few times in TV (not as much, I'm living in Germany), but yeah ...pretty awesome and ridiculous at the same time. This guy lives the cop movie (the bad guy turned good-kind).

Posted by Alex_Murphy

Speaking of Dog the bounty hunter, did you hear the phone call his son recorded and then gave to the press when Dog didn't like him dating a black girl? 
Anyhoo, about the bounty hunting, yea it's legal, but I don't know how you even get into that line of work. You probably have to know somebody in the business.
 
 

 
   

Posted by skrutop

Of course it's legal.  It's the only way the Renegade knows how to live:
 

 Reno Raines cleans up the desert, one bail jumper at a time.