You travel out of state for a much-needed vacation. At last you have managed to get away, see some interesting sites, perhaps meet some people. But then it all goes wrong. You get into a fight at a bar, or cause an accident. The vacation is ruined, and all you want to do is return home, leave the problems behind.
Unfortunately, this scenario is played out all too often among travelers. You think you have dodged any consequences of your fight or accident. In fact, you aren’t even sure any charges were filed. Yet at the back of your mind each day is the nagging question, “Should I be worried?”
Indeed you should. If charges are filed against you in another state, merely fleeing to the perceived safety of your home state may work for a while, but eventually the law will catch up with you. When you are pulled over for a routine traffic violation the officer will use your identification to check for warrants. Assuming that a warrant has been issued, the officer may do one of two things. If the warrant is for a minor issue, such as a traffic citation, you may be ordered to report to the issuing agency to settle the matter. However, for more serious issues you will be taken into custody. You face interstate extradition. If you have not spoken with an attorney before this, now is the time to hire an Orange County criminal defense attorney.
Extradition treaties exist between many countries. Similarly, states maintain agreements to return individuals from flight to face charges that have been brought against them. It is important to keep in mind that interstate extradition is only legal when you have been formally charged. The process is complicated, and is not made easier when you are behind bars. One avenue an Orange County criminal defense attorney can take at this point is to request an extradition hearing to determine if interstate transfer is appropriate. This can prove vital, in fact, for otherwise about the only way to determine if your extradition is legal is to actually be extradited.
In the original scenario above, the individual was unsure whether charges had been brought. You may be working, tending to your daily concerns, all the time wondering whether that accident, ticket, or fight has led to a formal charge in another state. It is much better to be proactive and seek the assistance of an Orange County criminal defense attorney than to try to fight interstate transfer from a jail cell.
If this situation sounds all too familiar, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney who can help you avoid transfer and settle your legal situation. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years of experience representing clients in criminal defense matters. Call us today at 1-888-749-0034.