Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Re: Fugitive Recovery Agent
[quote author=fatabbot link=topic=153066.msg3274065#msg3274065 date=1250009811]
[quote author=Hexedit link=topic=153066.msg3274048#msg3274048 date=1250009265]
If a peace officer can't do it then there is no way a bounty hunter can.
You're confusing the roles of the two professions. One is justice, protection and obtaining/securing evidence legally to use in prosecution. Bounty hunters are strictly for fugitive apprehension. While I'm sure there are rules that they can't just break down a door, there might be laws about cooperating with them.
If a cop breaks and enters/searches without probably cause, any evidence obtained will be quashed. If a bounty hunter gets a fugitive through shady means, the fugitive's still going to jail.
I did some research on the laws and they vary from state to state, but in general a bounty hunter can only enter the home of the fugitive, not a third party unless given express consent. In the case of a rent controlled home I would bet that the bounty hunter needs to be absolutely sure the fugitive occupies the dwelling before entering it. Ultimately, my point as that besides the fact that it is probably criminal and the ends do not justify the means in a decent court of law, the bounty hunter would be liable under civil proceedings if they busted down the door of someone regardless of whether or not they were harboring a fugitive.
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