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Out of State Arrest Warrants

The thought or possibility of arrest is not a fun one for anyone. This can be a difficult and trying event, but it’s one that you’ll want to handle responsibly in order to make the process as painless as possible.  The help of a good bail bondsman helps to make the situation easier.  Things become more complicated when you have out of state arrest warrants. Just because you leave a state where you committed a crime does not mean the crime will go away. There are jurisdictional issues, of course, but you will often be asked to answer for your accused crime no matter where you end up. Here are some things to know if you find yourself in the midst of this difficulty.

Can you get arrested for a warrant in another state?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions for those who find themselves in legal trouble. Can you get arrested for a warrant in another state? The short answer is “yes.” If you have an out of state warrant, there are a number of different things that can happen. The result will typically depend on what the arrest warrant is for. If you have an arrest warrant for a felony crime, then you will almost certainly be arrested in another state. For most misdemeanors, states will not extradite people who have been arrested. This means that if you happen to have a Mississippi warrant and you’re stopped in Florida, the authorities in Florida may not execute the arrest for a typical felony.

However, many states will choose to arrest and extradite if you happen to have a warrant out for a sex-related misdemeanor. In all cases, it is important to know that the real answer is that “it depends.” A bench warrant may be executed at the discretion of the officer or department that pulls you over or finds you in that second state.

What could happen if you don’t turn yourself in?

If you have a bench warrant, perhaps the best thing to do is to consult an attorney, turn yourself in, and make use of a bond service like All-Pro Bail Bonds to get out of jail. If you don’t turn yourself in, then you could be opening yourself up to other charges. In some cases, the failure to turn yourself in could be construed as an attempt to flee. If the charge is bad enough and your actions are intentional attempts to subvert police, then you could be considered a fugitive from justice. In these instances, police can tack on more charges.

Perhaps most importantly, it can be difficult for you to get a reasonable bail if you don’t turn yourself in. Those who are cooperative with police are more likely to be released on their own recognizance. You’ll almost always fare better with a bench warrant in another state if you get proactive in your handling of the situation.

How does state jurisdiction work?

State jurisdiction is relatively simple. Officers have jurisdiction to enforce the law of their own state. If you commit a crime in Arizona, for instance, the authorities in Arizona have the right to charge you and investigate that crime. However, a person can be arrested on a bench warrant in another state. From there, the authorities in that second state will simply handle the process of arresting you. They will then work together with the first state to extradite you back to where the crime took place. All investigations and prosecution will happen in the place where the crime happened.

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