Are you facing an extradition warrant that has been filed against you? If so, you may have an increased chance of conviction depending on the jurisdiction. In some instances, you may be extradited to a jurisdiction which may increase your chances of prosecution.
If you currently have an extradition warrant against you, it is extremely important to immediately seek the help of a good attorney who understands the process and can navigate you through the legal processes involved with extradition.
South Florida Criminal Attorney Evan A. Hoffman is a former prosecutor, so he knows how the extradition process works from each side of the system. This can work to your advantage if you have Mr. Hoffman as your defender. Extradition warrants may involve both federal and state law making it an extremely complex issue.
This type of legal issue requires a defense attorney to navigate the legal nuances to find the most favorable outcome. If an extradition warrant has been filed against you, call The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090 for a consultation to discuss a legal strategy. This firm services clients in North Miami and surrounding areas.
- What is Extradition?
- What is the Rationale behind Extradition?
- What are the Consequences of an Extradition Warrant
- More Information on Extradition
What is Extradition?
Extradition is the practice of one state that has arrested a person for a crime, transferring custody of the arrested person to another state in which the person is accused of having committed another crime, in response to an extradition request or warrant. In some instances, more than two states can be involved if a person is accused of having committed crimes in multiple states.
The process involved with extradition can be very complicated because it involves laws from multiple states and can even involve federal laws. A lot depends on which states and legal departments within those states are involved. Some states have better relationships between them when it comes to working together for extraditions than other states do.
In some rare cases, extradition can be requested from a country outside the United States if a person is accused of having committed a crime in another country, and that country has an Extradition treaty with the U.S. In those cases it is a must to have an attorney because state, federal, and international laws can all be involved, and those cases also involve the U.S. State Department.
What is the Rationale behind Extradition?
Extraditions are most often carried out because one state has a stronger case against the person than another state, thus there is a better chance of conviction, or the person has committed a greater crime in another state (or country.) However, once the person is finished with proceedings in one state, they may be extradited back to the other state to face charges there as well.
What are the Consequences of an Extradition Warrant?
It all depends on the circumstances involved, but generally, an extradition means that a person will face a greater charge and a greater chance of conviction if extradited to a second state. Some states may also have stiffer penalties than others, for instance, one may have the death penalty while the other may not. So it may be in the defendant’s best interest to fight the extradition.
In some cases plea bargains between the defendant and the various authorities of any states involved can be reached.
More Information on Extradition
The Florida Senate- This state site provides extradition statutes and explains the scope of extradition warranties.
Online Sunshine- This state site offers information on extradition, the manner of execution, and other information on the extradition process.
Extradition is a very serious and complicated legal issue which, in cases of more serious crimes can even mean the difference between life in prison or the death penalty.
It is crucially important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney working for your interests who will ensure that your rights are protected under the law. Give The Hoffman Firm a call today at ((305) 249-0090 and get started with your free consultation. This firm also serves clients in Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale.