What happens if you are charged with a misdemeanor after moving out of state?

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What happens if you are charged with a misdemeanor after moving out of state?

I am accused of stealing $300 from my employer and was terminated for this reason. I was not arrested but was told by the police that they would be in touch. It has been 6 weeks since my termination and I haven’t heard anything. I have a chance to move out of state to be near family and have a job lined up. Am I able to move out of state without notifying the police? If the state issues a warrant for my arrest after I move, will I be able to obtain a driver’s license in my new state and could I be arrested for the warrant if I get pulled over?

Asked on January 12, 2012 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you were terminated from your job and there are no pending criminal charges against you from the theft of the $300, you are free to move out of state with the knowledge that if criminal charges are filed against you in the county and state where you are presently, you will need to return to deal with the situation. You do not need to advise law enforcement of your move. You might consider retaining a criminal defense attorney in the event charges are filed against you.

If a warrant for your arrest is issued, you should have no problems getting a driver's license in your new state of residence. However, you could be arrested for any outstanding arrest warrant if you are stopped by law enforcement.


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