One Way to Avoid Extradition to Florida - Ask the Judge in Florida to Withdraw the Warrant
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Judge Withdraws Fugitive Warrant
Result: Our client was sitting in jail in Texas awaiting extradition to Orange County, Florida. An attorney with the Sammis Law Firm in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL, filed a motion to withdraw the warrant to avoid extradition on the day we were retained. The bond motion was heard two days later. The Honorable Judge Jenifer M. Davis, Orlando Orange County, FL, agreed on July 17th at 8:30 a.m. to withdraw two felony warrants in case number 05-CF-2891 and 05-CF-5191. Three hours later the client was home.
The Case: On March 4, 2005, a circuit Court Judge in Orange County, FL, signed an "Affidavit for Arrest Warrant" for one count of Grand Theft, a third degree felony, in violation of Florida State Statutes 812.014, and two counts of Dealing in Stolen Property (Trafficking), a second degree felony, in violation of Florida Statute 812.019(1).
The Florida affidavit for arrest warrant alleged that the woman took a air compressor and nail gun from her friend's home where she had been living for a few months. The affidavit alleged that she then pawned the items so that she would have money to move back to her home state of Arizona.
The woman did move out of state and never knew that the case was being prosecuted or that a warrant had been issued for her arrest. More than four years later the women was picked up while on a military basis while her request for an identification card was being processed. The woman was held in jail for almost 2 weeks while awaiting extradition to Orange County, FL. Although she has signed the paperwork to waive a extradition hearing, she had no idea how long she would be in custody before being picked up for the trip to Florida for extradition. Her family decided to retain the Sammis Law Firm so that we could attempt to get her released prior to the extradition to Orange County, Florida.
We were retained on Wednesday. That same day we filed a motion to withdraw the warrant, which was scheduled for hearing on Friday. At the hearing the State had no objection to withdrawing the warrant as long as the client promised to appear in court 4 weeks later. The judge, hearing no objection from the prosecutor agreed to withdraw the warrant. The client was released three hours later.
Click below to read more about our firm's other recent victories in Extradition cases in Florida:
Avoid Extradition to Florida - Man avoids extradition to Florida on a Fugitive Warrant. In fact, his entire case for violation of probation was resolved without the need for him to ever return to Florida.
Tampa Extradition Attorney - Man avoids extradition, and then resolves his case completely during motion to surrender hearing in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL.
If you or a family member is awaiting extradition to Florida for a criminal felony case in a circuit court, keep in mind that there may be things a Florida Extradition Attorney can do to speed up your release from custody. Contact an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm with offices located in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL, to discuss your case today. We handle Florida extradition cases throughout central Florida. Although no two cases are alike, having a criminal defense lawyer fighting for your release may be extremely beneficial to your felony case dealing with extradition on a fugitive warrant in Florida.