Bail Bondsman...Not Your Normal 9 to 5 Job

It can be a job as dangerous as they come. It's the life of a bail bondsman.

Many times when they go and hunt for who they're looking for, they have no idea what they may be getting into.

Michael Baldwin headed out with them on the hunt for fugitives who skipped out on court dates and are now wanted by the law.

The bondsmen are suited up in black fatigues and are out to apprehend someone who's on a 70 thousand dollar bond and they say has been ducking their calls. The leader of the group is Darryl Daniels. He's been on the job for 18 years.

Washington is where they believe their man has been hiding out. But with no answer after several phone calls. The hunt is on. They arrive around 6am at the River Road Mobile Home Apartments.

The house is surrounded. If he's home there's no way out. But the search comes up empty

The next night, the men minus Darryl get ready to go out again.

If these people are not found, the bond will be forfeited. Which means whatever collateral given can be sold.

This night the men are off to Forth Street looking for a woman who they claim didn't show up for court. They say she had a charge of driving while license revoked.

The men are let into the house. The woman at the door seemed confused.

The women inside the home are told the woman they are looking for is upstairs. The woman they apprehend claims it's a misunderstanding but this is not something for the bondsman to figure out. She will spend a night in jail because she was on bond and missed her court appearance.

The men waste no time as they prepare to look for another man. Another failure to appear, who has two bonds and they claim owes them 3,000 dollars.

They get their man who they say failed to appear in court for resisting a public official and a DWI. Offenses the bondsmen say could get the man deported.

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  • by Tonya Location: California on Feb 5, 2010 at 10:09 AM
    Bondsmen indeed do not live a 9-5 life! It sounds like you went along with one who does his own recovery work. As a bondsman, I don't do that. Mostly, we write good, clean bail and people show up. Otherwise, we're paying recovery agents, known as bounty hunters more than we make on the bond to go out and bring them back. If you're interested in what a typical bondsman does, this might bive you some insight: Real Estate Broker Today, California Bail Bondsman Tomorrow?.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 at 06:43 AM
    Yes, lets see the video. I missed it last night, but heard it was great!
  • by Bob Location: California on Feb 5, 2010 at 06:35 AM
    Hello. Nice article. We run the largest and oldest Bail Enforcement (bounty hunter) group in the US. It is COBRA (site:USCOBRA.US) The story showed the reality of this business. No "Dogs", but reality-dressed investigators arresting fugitives the police are also looking for. These fugitives violated their bail bond contract and we are making a contractual-arrest. In the bail contract the customer,now a fugitive,agreed we may arrest them should they fail to appear in court. Our 1400 agents made close to 30,000 arrests last year throughout the US. We ,the bail bond industry, as the highest recovery rate of any other group,police or private,in recovering fugitives. If we did not succeed so well the bonding industry would of been bankrupted eons ago...Questions? 866-357-3030. Great story. Bob 24/7
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    WITN should post this video on the website. It's a good lesson for young people to learn. ACCOUNTABILITY!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 at 06:54 PM
    Bail bondsmen should be more judgmental on who they wanna bail & who they don't wanna bail. Don't bail anyone out that comes from West Greenville!

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