Bounty Hunter or Bail Enforcer requirements in Oklahoma

What are the basic requirements to become a bounty hunter or bail enforcer in Oklahoma?

To become a licensed bail enforcer, more commonly called a bounty hunter, in Oklahoma one has to be 21 years of age, of good moral character, hold a high school diploma or GED, have no final victim protective orders issued and be a natural born United States citizen or an alien legally residing in the United States.

bounty hunterThe potential licensee must also be a resident of Oklahoma for a minimum of 6 months and have no disqualifying criminal convictions. There are a number of disqualifying convictions but if it has been 5 years from the incident and the offense was a misdemeanor CLEET (Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training) may still issue a license. If the offense was a felony the period of time is 15 years before CLEET will consider issuing a license.

Bail Enforcement Licensees in Oklahoma can be either armed or unarmed. CLEET requires phases 1,2,3,5 to be taken for the unarmed license and CLEET 1-5 for the armed license. The applicant must submit a certificate of training for Taser and Noxious Substance use as well.

CLEET Phases:
I,II- Basic unarmed security skills.
III- Private investigator training.
IV- Basic firearms training.
V-Bail enforcement training.

The applicant must also take and pass the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) which is a psychological evaluation, submit proof of liability insurance or an individual bond in a minimum amount prescribed by CLEET and pass local and nation wide background checks.

What is the punishment for Bounty Hunting in Oklahoma without a license?

Anyone portraying themselves as a bail enforcer or performing duties of a bail enforcer without a valid license issued by CLEET in the state of Oklahoma can be convicted of a felony, fined $10,000.00, and imprisoned for up to 3 years in the Department of Corrections (DOC). If the accused is in possession of a firearm or weapon they may face an additional fine of $5,000 and an additional 3 years of imprisonment in DOC.

Oklahoma Bail Enforcers / bounty hunters can carry what weapons?

bounty hunters weaponsAccording to CLEET guidelines, “‘Weapon’ means taser, stun gun, baton, night stick or any other device used to subdue a defendant, or any noxious substances as defined in the Bail Enforcement and Licensing Act.”

How much does it cost for aspiring bounty hunters to get an Oklahoma Bail Enforcer License?

The cost for the Oklahoma Unarmed Bail Enforcer License is $300.00 and the cost of the Armed Bail Enforcer License is $400.00. The cost for the CLEET classes and Taser/Noxious substance classes range from $100.00-$200.00 depending on where you take the courses. A list of training facilities can be found here.

How do Bounty Hunters in Oklahoma find fugitives?

Hopefully the bondsman has taken a good application from the defendant and the cosigners for the bond, this is always the first place a bail enforcer looks to get information about where the fugitive might be. From there, the bounty hunter may use background checks, social media searches etc. in order to find the fugitive or family and friends that might know where they may be concealing themselves. Bail Enforcement Agents use their network and also sometimes receive help from local, state and federal agencies as well in pursuit of fugitives.

What are the Benefits of using a Bail Bondsman?

At least three benefits of using a bail bondsman . . .

When you find yourself in jail, it can be a frightening situation for you and your family, especially if it is your first time being arrested. Since the legal system in the U.S. says you are innocent until proven guilty, most of the time you will have the opportunity to post bail and get out of jail while your case makes its way through the courts. There are a few benefits of using a bail bondsman from Thunder Bail Bonds in Oklahoma.

Benefit #1 – Save Money

Benefits of using a Bail BondsmanWhen you or a loved one is incarcerated, coming up with enough cash to bail them out in a short period of time may be impossible. Fortunately, a bail bondsman can help you by covering most of the cost up front. You will usually be required to pay a portion of the bail, and the bondsman will take responsibility for the rest of the money. So if the bond is $10,000 they would charge, typically, 10%. The fee is normally due up front but it avoids you from having to come up with so much cash all at one time.

But if the person bailed out of jail does not show up for the court date, the court will need the full $10,000 you will have to pay the full amount (plus any applicable interest and fees) to the bail bonds company.

Benefit #2 – Understand the Legal System

Working with an experienced bail bonds company can help you navigate through this difficult situation. A company like Thunder Bail Bonds understands how to get out of jail, and can provide accurate information about the bail bond process, how long it will take, and what steps are necessary to keep the process moving. A quality bail bondsman also understands the current laws and policies regarding the legal system, and can help keep you informed of what is required so that you can get out of jail sooner than normal and stay on the right track once released.

Benefit #3 – Honest, Trustworthy, Confidential Help

Going to jail and getting bail money is not something a lot people want to showcase, so confidentiality is very critical when working with a bail bondsman. In addition, you want to work with someone who is honest and trustworthy. To protect yourself, look for a company that has fair and reasonable fees, policies, and procedures to protect you as a consumer.

When a situation arises where you or a loved one is in jail, call a company that can provide you with experience and knowledge of how the bail bond system works, cost-effective plans for making payments for your bail bonds, and one that is honest and trustworthy to help you get through this difficult time. Ware committed to helping you access all the benefits of using a bail bondsman in a way that is always timely, professional and courteous.

We are Thunder Bail Bonds 405.235.0002.

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What is a walk through (walk thru)?

When someone has a warrant and a bail amount has been set, they are eligible to do what is called a “walk through” or “walk thru.” A walk thru is simply a surrender to the county in which your charges are filed in Oklahoma. It is called a walk thru because the process gives you the opportunity to literally “walk through” the jail as you turn yourself in, get fingerprinted, have your mugshots/photographs taken, and commence the Oklahoma criminal process without going through the difficulty of an arrest pursuant to an arrest warrant.

What if I have a warrant out for my arrest?

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, please call us at 405-235-0002. We are happy to verify if you do or do not have an active warrant and also advise you on how to move forward.

No one wants to be arrested at some odd hour of the night, in some random location, due to an active arrest warrant. Not only is it a horrible feeling to get cuffed and stuffed by an officer when you weren’t exactly planning on it, but it can leave you in limbo as well. You could end up stuck in jail for hours, days, or weeks depending on your charges. Normally, a walk thru will only take a few hours; therefore, it is much easier and quicker to turn yourself in on your own terms after you have had the opportunity to plan for the walk thru process.

How do you make bail in Oklahoma?

There are four (4) different ways to make bail in Oklahoma:

1) Cash Bond – a cash bond is exactly what you would think it is. Its’ cash, plain and simple. If the bail is set at $10,000.00, then you would have to pay $10,000.00 in cash money to get out of jail. If the cash bond is posted, then the person who posts it will get the $10,000 back at the end of the court proceedings.

Its great to get your cash bond back, however, most people just don’t have large sums of money hanging around that they can afford to have tied up while the criminal case is pending; that is why most people normally turn to an OK bail bondsman.

2) Property Bond – again, this type of bond is exactly what it sounds like, except the value of the property used to post a bail bond in Oklahoma is much less than you might anticipate. In Oklahoma, if you or a loved one wanted to pledge real property towards a bail bond, the real property would be worth four (4) times the market value. That sounds like a great deal, right? Here is where it gets tricky, though. The “market value” is actually the assessed value of the property recorded on the tax rolls multiplied by four (4). The assessed value is normally around 10% of the true market value, and even multiplied by four (4), the final amount is much less than the actual true market value of the real property.

3) Personal Recognizance Bond – normally referred to as “P.R. Bonds” or “O.R. Bonds”, this type of bond is granted at the discretion of the judge and usually on misdemeanor cases only. It is very rare to see a personal recognizance bond granted on felony cases. These bonds allow the Defendant to go free with nothing more than a promise to return to their court proceedings and possibly a few conditions that they must abide by. These bonds are a double-edged sword though, as penalties can be stiff for failing to appear after being released on this type of bond.

4) Surety Bond – a surety bond is a written guarantee to the State of Oklahoma by a bail bondsman or bail bonds company ensuring the appearance of a Defendant for all future court dates. This is the most common bail bond in Oklahoma. It is often necessary for most serious crimes, as the bond amounts can be very costly depending on the charges.

What is a personal recognizance bond and when is it available?

As noted above, these bonds are normally referred to as “P.R. Bonds” or “O.R. Bonds” and this type of bond is granted at the discretion of the judge in rare circumstances.

No one is entitled to a personal recognizance bond, but they will be given in some situations, most notably when the charges are merely misdemeanor charges and do not involve any sort of violence. These bonds allow the Defendant to bond out of jail in Oklahoma on their “own recognizance” in conjunction with the promise that they will return to their court proceedings.

Even more rare are “medical” O.R. bonds that allow a person who normally would not be considered for an O.R. bond to be released from the jail on their personal recognizance due to some serious medical condition that makes it life threatening for them to stay in custody.

Are payment plans an option?

Here at Thunder Bail Bonds, we understand that you probably aren’t made of money. As such, we definitely offer payment plans in certain situations. Also, we do not require any certain amount down, because the down payment is determined by the bail bondsman after assessing multiple factors, such as how the individual will be paying the bondsman, the individual’s work history and employment at his or her current job, and any available personal assets.

How much does a bail bond cost in Oklahoma?

The normal fee an Oklahoma City bail bondsman will charge for his or her services is a premium of 10% of the bail amount. For example, if the bond is $1,000.00, a person pays the bondsman $100.00; however this may be slightly higher or lower depending on the liability assessment conducted by the bail bondsman. Bondsmen in Oklahoma have to take many factors into consideration when deciding whether to write a bond and how much they are willing to charge to accept the liability that comes along with writing the bond.

The premium is charged on the preliminary bond amount, but it will also be charged on the final bond amount if the bond amount increases. Bond amounts can change for many reasons, such as when the charges change or if a person fails to appear in court. The bail bondsman charges the fee on the total bail bond amount and the person out on bond is responsible for the difference.

So, if the preliminary bail amount was set at $1,000.00, and the bondsman received a premium of 10% or $100.00, but the final bond amount increased to $2,000.00 later, then the Defendant would be charged 10% on $2,000.00. But since the Defendant had already given the bondsman $100.00 previously in this example, then the Defendant would only be responsible for the difference of $100.00. If the Defendant does not want to pay the additional premium, the bondsman may return the defendant to jail (most bail bondsman will let you make payments if need be as long as you are following the guidelines set by the bail bondsman).