What is the correct police procedure after issuing an arrest warrant?

UPDATED: Jan 28, 2012

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What is the correct police procedure after issuing an arrest warrant?

Do they not have to make an attempt to find the person? By way of background, I had a car accident 6 years ago; my boyfriend was killed I was badly injured. I was told by the police that it was a DUI investigation. I was not drunk or on drugs and the results were negative. I was later charged with vehicular homicide. By this time I had returned to my home country, the UK. Then 4 years later I went back to America and was arrested at the airport. I was taken to the state where the accident happened, given bond, and then deported. Now, 6 months later I have been arrested in the UK because America sent an extradition request.

Asked on January 28, 2012 under Criminal Law, Florida


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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The proper protocol when an arrest warrant is issued for an individual is for the warrant to be sent to law enforcement for service on the person to be arrested. Sometimes, it just takes time to have the warrant personally served upon the person to whom it is issued against when in the United States. Law enforcement has to take the time to locate the person that the arrest warrant is issued for. With budget issues things take longer for law enforcement to get things done.

The delay in having you arrested in the United States is due to the fact that you went to the United Kingdom for a while and then returned to this country and were arrested upon return.

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