California Bounty Hunting Laws
How to Become a Bounty Hunter Practicing Fugitive Recovery as a Bail Enforcement Agent

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The requirements to become a bail bondsman or bounty hunter in California, while seemingly direct pursuant to California Penal Codes Sections beginning with 1299 and including Insurance Code and Title 10 Code of Regulations, are immeasurably more convoluted to the extent that one’s more precise queries should fall within the realm of questions more on point to lawful bounty hunting with an emphasis on staying out of criminal court, civil court and the morgue.

Bailspeak is a California Department of Insurance Approved Bail Education Provider with over 1,000 issued Bail Agent Pre-Licensing Certificates awarded to Bailspeak Alumni and with many now working in the California Bail Bonds Industry as bail bondsmen, posting bail agents, bounty hunters, and ministerial employees of California’s largest bail corporations and Mom & Pops Bail Bonds operations.

This video by Bailspeak begins to delve into the complexities of how to become a bounty hunter, but, at the same time, it is important to embrace that bail training is hyper-critical and that Bailspeak undeniably Leads the Way in California Bail Training.

Bailspeak Offers the Following Classes for those wishing to get people out of jail and for those who want to put them back in jail:

  • 20 Hour Bail Agent Pre-Licensing
  • Numerous 6 Hour Continuing Bail Education Classes
  • Taser User Certification for Bounty Hunters
  • Bail Marketing and SEO
  • Bounty Hunter Marketing
  • Bail Law & Motion
  • Bounty Hunter Street Training
  • and Etceteras.

At the time of this writing, Bailspeak’s Primary Instructor, Rex, is the only, undisputed California bail education instructor with a long and ongoing history of lawfully running bail bond agencies, lawfully drafting bail bond motions as an appointed agent for various sureties, lawfully appearing in open court to argue bail motions, and lawfully bounty hunting on the lesser known mean-streets of California within the language and meaning of various Insurance Codes, Penal Codes, and Title 10 Code Sections.

What does it take to become a bounty hunter in California? The answer to what may at first seem like a simple and direct question is multifaceted inasmuch as being cryptically elusive and consistent with asking someone, "What's on the Internet;" indeed, the question is, in point of fact, overly broad and deserves a protracted discussion that is replete with ongoing questions and answers and scenario based for instances that create points of reference and all of which should be designed to create specificity in an incalculable set of areas common to bounty hunting.

I think the first question should be how does a new bounty hunter hunt wanted felony fugitives while, at the same time, staying out of civil court, criminal court and the morgue.



What does it take to be a bounty hunter, and what are the requirements to bounty hunt in California?

“Felt like I got my money’s worth ½ way through Day 2 and I flew in from Hawaii! Very engaging speaker/instructor who made a very difficult subject understandable.  It ended too soon!  I want more of his training and knowledge! This course should be compulsory for all agents in the industry!”


“Great speaker, very knowledgeable.  The details! He should get paid more for putting up with rude people!”


“Educational and informative – very energetic.  Instructor is very knowledgeable about the material.  Was very positive and you could see he enjoys what he is doing which allows me to be positive about my future.”


“Getting the correct information and knowing what I need to study. Perfect!”


“The comparison of codes to actual scenarios making it easier to recall the content.”


“The real life experience stories.  I appreciate the knowledge you shared with us.”


“Very well done and was prepared in a professional manner.  Kept my interest the full 3 days.  I liked that is was interactive and very informative.  I will be sending any of my future bondsmen here.”


“Rex’s complete knowledge of subject matter was impressive.”


“Info was very valuable and instructor was great at explaining laws and real life situations.  I think that he does an amazing job with the course and is very passionate about his job!”


“Great seminar - everything my boss said it would be and more. All the info about do’s and don’ts.A lot more than I expected.  Rex’s personality and how it grasps what it being taught. Rex is a great instructor and I would like to take more classes from him in the future.”


“Professionalism of Rex!  I liked everything!”


“Humor, knowledge, information, handouts!Very informative, very enjoyable.”


“Rex, our instructor.  The stories made it interesting.  Thank you Rex!”


“Great course, instructor’s personal experience, wealth of knowledge, and real life stories really made the course more beneficial and enjoyable.  Stories directly related to topic.  Dynamic teaching methods & Q&A sessions.Awesome instructor – great teaching/presentation methods.”


“Talking about bail overall.  You are a very knowledgeable teacher.”

How to Intercept a Summary Judgment

While Avoiding Criminal and Civil Charges

Opinion Editorial By


Rex Venator


There was a remarkable scramble in the closing days of 2012 to get Bailspeak’s newly developed 22 Hour Bail Agent Pre-Licensing course “Approved” by the California Department of Insurance while, at the same time, meeting the new “Education Objectives”: contract law instruction, familiarization with bail law and motion, and the reintroduction of bail fugitive recovery studies.


As Bailspeak Alumni are very much aware, Bailspeak administers three separate written tests during its 3-day course, and the training value being attached to these study devices are proving to be exceptionally advantageous to the extent that Bailspeak’s Alumni as a whole are enjoying an outrageous first-time pass rate of the bail exam.


Once Alumni delve deeper into the bail industry over time, they will begin to understand the methodology and ulterior motives of Bailspeak’s curriculum; it isn’t just to pass the bail exam the first time but to also operate in bail while staying out of civil court, criminal court and the morgue, which, by force of action, helps to protect bail agency employers.


Today, Rumor Control reports an astounding increase in summary judgments, criminal investigations, civil suits, and other perfectly avoidable un-pleasantries with the tools needed for avoidance repeatedly espoused during Bailspeak instruction and in all the different disciplines covered.


·         It is pretty simple:

·         Be PC 1299 Compliant

·         Know Bounty Hunting Laws

·         Know your Stare Decisis

·         Know Basic Bail Law

·         Think “reasonable person”

·         and Etceteras


While no one is immune to unforeseeable mistakes, perhaps we can mitigate the damages if “12 reasonable people” are called upon to hear what turns out to be, well, reasonable.


“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

~ Thomas Jefferson


A bounty hunter should consider not relying on training that instills rehearsed responses to predictive outcomes and, instead, focus on training that is designed to respond to changes in conditions with an emphasis on being so simple and without structure that such training is designed to mold and adjust to the matter at hand; these shapeless principles create the difficult task that today’s instructors must master as a sacrosanct teaching responsibility to students who intend to go into felony hazard situations—in my personal and professional opinion as a fugitive recovery training instructor. ~ Rex Venator, 2014



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