Becoming a Bounty Hunter in Maine

Maine laws are silent with regards to the licensing of bail bond recovery agents, otherwise known as bounty hunters. This is probably because commercial bail bond practices are not allowed within the state. But because the law is silent as regards bounty hunters, it does not necessarily mean that bounty hunters per se are not allowed to work in the state of Maine.

Essentially, what this means is that while there are no licensed bounty hunters from Maine who can go out of the state to bring back or recover skips, bail bond agents or bounty hunters who are licensed in another state may enter Maine to do their job. That is, bounty hunters may still work to bring back a fugitive or criminal defendant who skipped bail from another state, and is currently hiding in the state of Maine. As a matter of general interest, Maine is considered one of the safest and most peaceful states in the U.S., with one of the lowest incarceration rates in the country.

Does that mean that you don’t need to be a licensed bail recovery agent to work as one within Maine? If they do not license bounty hunters, they may not inquire into your license as a bounty hunter if you should work at recovering a fugitive from within their jurisdiction.

This may be true, but remember that the ultimate goal is to bring the fugitive back to the state from where he skipped bail. If the state allowed bail bond recovery agents to retrieve the defendant, the chances are that there are regulations applicable to bounty hunters in that state, to which they would need to adhere to.