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Fugitive Recovery

The justice system in the United States is nothing if not complicated. People of all types talk about how confusing the justice system can be in the United States. Regardless of the complication of the system, it has provided a variety of opportunities for individuals to form businesses. Fugitive recovery is one of the businesses that has taken up a part in the United States justice system.

When you think about fugitives, you probably mostly think about dangerous people on the run from the law. Although this is a term used in the United States, fugitive recovery typically has to do with just anyone who hasn’t shown up for their court date.

What Is Fugitive Recovery?

When someone is arrested, they may end up being let out of jail on bail. Essentially, this means that the court takes a significant amount of money from the individual, then lets them out of prison on the condition that they return for their court date. However, occasionally, the individual decides to try and run instead of coming back for their court date. If someone decides not to show up for their court date, the next step is to go find the individual and bring them back physically for their court date. This is a process known as fugitive recovery, and it’s an important part of the United States justice system.

Who Utilizes Fugitive Recovery Tools?

Fugitive recovery tools are an important part of the jobs of many people who work in and around the justice system. Of the parties that may be interested in looking for whoever’s currently a fugitive and hasn’t shown up for their court date, these are the ones most likely to use fugitive recovery tools:

  • Fugitive recovery agents
  • Bounty hunters
  • Debt collectors
  • Law enforcement officials
  • Private investigators

Some of these may be more directly invested; fugitive recovery agents, for example, tend to have a bit more legal sway over the process, and they may function more as law enforcement agents than anything else.

How Can Someone Perform Fugitive Recovery?

The process of fugitive recovery is actually very similar to skip tracing. In many cases, skip tracing and fugitive recovery can actually look very similar, making fugitive recovery just a type of skip tracing in many situations. Recovery experts may do any of the following:

  • Background checks
  • Surveillance
  • Criminal records checks
  • Speaking with family members
  • Talking to acquaintances
  • Entering a place of residence

This includes what you might more traditionally recognize as skip tracing, as well as less common methods of skip tracing, like physically visiting a place of residence, often without notifying the individual that you’re there. It’s important to remember that some states have laws surrounding this, so you need to know the laws for the specific state you’re in.

What Can Enformion Do to Help With Fugitive Recovery?

The most important element of fugitive recovery is information. No matter what, if you don’t have great information, you’re not going to be able to find the individual you’re looking for. Enformion provides you with plenty of great information from as many different sources as possible. That’s why Enformion is often the first step toward a great skip tracing job, and it can help with fugitive recovery as well.