New Jersey bounty hunters face tighter restrictions

New restrictions are being placed on bounty hunters by state police in New Jersey.

The new law requires bounty hunters to be licensed by the state. All applicants must have at least five years of experience in law enforcement or as a private investigator.

Applicants must also be at least 25 years old and take a 16-hour course through the state police. Anyone who has documented proof of at least five years of bounty hunting experience will be grandfathered in once they've undergone the new training.

Bail bondman Danny Callahan says most bounty hunters currently out there are ex-convicts and a liability on the streets.

"These are not guys who are for the most part upstanding members of the community," says Callahan. "These are guys who are gypsies, if you will."

NJState Trooper (click on Private Detective Info)

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."