Can a person who is wanted in one state come toanother and hire a lawyer to handle the case?

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Can a person who is wanted in one state come toanother and hire a lawyer to handle the case?

My girlfriend’s adult son is addicted to meth. He was arrested in one state for possession and shoplifting. He was released with a court date and never showed up. He now has a warrant for his arrest. If he stays there he probably won’t get the help he needs or handle the case on his own. If he returns to the state where we live now he has family he has a better chance of going to treatment. Can he come here and handle his legal problems or would he be charged with more crimes for leaving the state?

Asked on October 28, 2011 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

He may be charged with more charges because he left and because he probably now he has a warrant for his arrest, for skipping court. He needs help but the best thing to do for him is to either bring him to where you are and consult with an attorney there and see if jurisdiction can be moved in conjunction with a forced rehab stint or if you should simpy go immediately to where he is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who handles such addiction issues and again have him sent to a rehabilitation facility by court order. Courts are more willing nowadays to offer those an opportunity to get clean and lead an honest life than to simply go to jail.


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