Is being a bounty hunter legal?
Being a bounty hunter is a legal profession in all but four states; Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Kentucky. Bounty hunting is regulated to different degrees in states where the bail bond industry is allowed. Bounty hunters generally have more power to make an arrest than local law enforcement because the defendant agrees to these terms in their contract.
Bounty hunters don’t need to read your Miranda rights or produce a warrant when making an arrest. They can also cross state lines to locate a defendant as long as they follow the laws of where they are traveling.