However, if the defendant decides to evade their trial, they will be considered a fugitive on the run and the bail bond agency is responsible for the bail amount or finding the fugitive and bringing him or her to custody. Now in order to find the fugitive, the bail bond agency will have to find him or her through their own means or the more probable option is to hire a bounty hunter to find the fugitive. The way a bounty hunter works is they will find the fugitive through contacts that the bail agency has for the fugitive or they will do some research on the internet to find them and then they will bring the fugitive back to jail and collect the bounty on the fugitive. The bounty, or monetary award, is the amount of money that the bounty hunter gets for successfully bringing in the fugitive. The bounty is usually 10% of the full bail amount from the case, but they may charge more depending on the difficulty of finding the fugitive or if the circumstances endangered their lives. Some other names for bounty hunters are bail enforcement agents or fugitive recovery agents, but their main purpose is still to find and capture fugitives that have skipped bail. Another name that bounty hunters are sometimes called is skiptracers because they use electronic devices such as computers to find fugitives; however, they use the information from these devices more directly than skiptracers and they use the information as a guideline as to where they should pursue the fugitive. In the United States, bounty hunters are responsible for finding and capturing about 90% of all bail jumpers in the country. The laws regarding bounty hunting is similar throughout the United States, but some states have special restrictions and guidelines that all bounty hunters have to follow. Bounty hunters do not usually need any special training or license to operate in a certain state; they would just have to be hired by a bail bond agency to pursue a fugitive who has skipped bail. Although this is true for most states in the country, some states require all bounty hunters to receive special training in order to operate in that state. Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Wisconsin have heavily restricted bounty hunting or have banned bounty hunting altogether. According to their laws, if a fugitive were to run away to one of these states, it would be illegal for any bounty hunter to pursue them within those borders. Bounty hunters are not police and do not have the right to pursue any person they feel fit, they must be hired by a bail bond agency to pursue one suspect. Article by Sunrise Bail Bonds Gardena.