Extradition is the process of arresting a person in one state in order to bring them back to another state to stand trial on a criminal charge. Find out more about what a criminal defense attorney in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL, might be able to do to help you avoid extradition so that you can voluntarily come to court to resolve the case.
Many of these extradition cases involve a person who has previously violated probation in Florida and is subject to a "no bond" warrant on a violation of probation accusation. Read more below to see the result obtain by a criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm in Tampa, FL, for a specific case.
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Man Avoids Extradition to Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL
A man was on a flight returning from vacation in the Bahamas with his girlfriend. While they were on the plane, several law enforcement officers boarded the plane and arrested the man at the Reagan International Airport in Arlington, VA, on a fugitive warrant out of Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL.
The felony warrant was for a Hillsborough County violation of probation from 2001. The warrant showed that the man had been placed on probation for two felony charges - battery on a law enforcement officer and obstructing or opposing an officer without violence.
While the man was awaiting extradition on the fugitive warrant out of Hillsborough County, a family member contacted and then retained the Sammis Law Firm. Within a few days, an attorney at the firm filed a motion to request that a bond be set so that the man could voluntarily return to Tampa, FL, after he was released from the out of state jail on the fugitive warrant.
The usual thing about the case was that the warrant from 2001 had not shown up in the system. In fact, the man had joined the military in 2004 and was Honorably Discharged in May of 2009. The man had even served his country in Iraq.
On June 19, 2009, the Court in Hillsborough County, Division K, reviewed the circumstances of his case and agreed to simply terminate the probation unsuccessfully, and convert all the costs to a civil lien. The man was released from custody in Virginia the next day. The man was not extradited to Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL. In fact, he did not have to return to Florida at all to resolve his case. He was also able to maintain his "withhold of adjudication" which means that he is not a convicted felon. Maintaining the "withhold of adjudication" is important after an alleged violation of probation because otherwise you are not eligible to seal your criminal record.
Click below to read more about our firm's other recent victories in Extradition cases in Florida:
Extradition to Florida - Woman avoids Extradition to Orlando, Orange County, FL, after Court agrees to withdraw warrant, giving the woman a chance to appear voluntarily to resolve her pending charges.
Tampa Extradition Attorney - Man avoids extradition, and then resolves his case completely during motion to surrender hearing in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL.
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