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  1. #1
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    Sep 2010

    Default Fleeing an Felony Arrest Warrant

    My question involves an arrest warrant from the State of: Wherever.

    Ok, Mr. Knowitall...I've been reading posts about felony arrest warrants and basically have learned that if you have a felony arrest warrant you can and will be extradited from wherever you are back to where your warrant is from to face prosecution.

    But...I know of three seperate examples that suggest otherwise.

    1st, I personally know a girl who has two felony arrest warrants in the state of Utah for trafficking marijuana for a couple of years now. She was just pulled over in the state of Oregon, given a ticket and released.

    2nd, A friend of mine's dad left the state of Oregon after recieving THREE (3) charges of manufacturing meth! He left for Oklahoma 5 years ago, has been arrested for DUII and even jailed in that state. No mention of the three class A felonies he has here though...

    3rd, Another friend of mine left South Dakota after being busted with a marijuana grow operation and simply packed up and left for Alaska. That was over 20 years ago and again, has visited jail there and was never extradited.

    So what's the deal? Sure they can't comfortably go back to the states of their original crimes, but what evidence is there indicating that running isn't a legitimate option?

    Sincerely, On the Lam

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007

    Default Re: Fleeing an Felony Arrest Warrant

    The issuing authority decides IF they want to extradite, period.

    While technically fleeing state to avoid Prosecution is a federal offense, most state officers will not arrest for violations of federal law, although Constitutionally they are permitted to do so.

    I may be reaching, but I believe I saw a law in my state once, Ohio, that entering the state to avoid prosecution from another, is a state crime in and of itself??

  3. #3
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    Sep 2010

    Default Re: Fleeing an Felony Arrest Warrant

    I just read these stories & the people you are describing are tempting fate. I am sure as the technology gets better and more of the systems get integrated like social security, IRS and passport more fugitives will not be able to evade the long arm of the law. America's Most Wanted has demonstrated how the cold cases can be solved and justice has a long arm. The cases you speak of are drug cases so I think the crimes of murder, rape, child porn, etc. that are on the top priorities are researched first I am certain before they look for a guy who grew marijuana. It is amazing how many people turn themselves in too because they can not live with the guilt. I do not know if that is a choice for those you know (smile).

  4. #4
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    May 2010

    Default Re: Fleeing an Felony Arrest Warrant

    It's a matter of the cost of extradition, the severity of the crime, and the likelihood of conviction.
    If it is a minor crime, or their case is very weak, and extradition is expensive (like, extraditing you from Alaska) you are safe.
    They pick you up once, then decide if the warrant is extraditable, then they remove you from the system if it is non-extraditable.
    So, it would appear that moving across a state border if you have reason to believe the cops may be coming for you is not a bad idea. Depending on what you did, moving across 2-3 state borders would not be a bad idea.

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    Default Re: Fleeing an Felony Arrest Warrant

    Quote Quoting wv123
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    They pick you up once, then decide if the warrant is extraditable, then they remove you from the system if it is non-extraditable.
    No, not really. When they ENTER the warrant, they have already SET extradition limits. If the warrant is from CA and says in-state extradition only, if stopped in NY, NY will confirm that this is still true and if so the person goes on their merry way. This encounter most certainly does NOT result in removal of the warrant from the system - it'll sit there until he's apprehended in an extraditable area and the arresting agency does a locate on the record, or until the subject dies, or until 99 years from date of entry lapses and kicks the record out. With all of that in place, agencies also prefer to leave records in as a practical matter, because even if a subject travels and remains out of reach of extradition, every time that warrant record comes up can provide helpful investigative information to the entering agency (ie it's a passive way of knowing where he's been in contact with other law enforcement).

  6. #6
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    Mar 2007

    Default Re: Fleeing an Felony Arrest Warrant

    The real issue is cost and effort.

    If there was no cost and effort in retrieving a felon from another state, your friends would have been going home - assuming, as stated above, that the records of their crimes had been entered correctly and gone national.

    However, there is a cost and effort... we can't say if or when some DA with an expanded budget and an election year approaching will start a "bring em back dead or alive" policy, but it has happened before.

    Basically, you are hoping that the state that wants you continues to not want you bad enough to find you.

    That would be a poor way to live, I would think.

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