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What is the likelihood of being extradited for a gross misdemeanor?

What is the likelihood of being extradited for a gross misdemeanor?
MBA Grad Student asked:

I have a gross misdemeanor warrant in another state about 1500 miles away (Washington) for DUI. But I live in Arizona. What is the likelihood of being extradited for a misdemeanor?

Please, not looking for judgments or opinions, just answer if you really know what you’re talking about.


Categories: Arizona DUI Tags: Dui, Likelihood, Warrant
  1. Chloe
    June 6th, 2009 at 08:43 | #1

    Probably won’t be extradited but you will get a bench warrant for not appearing at the trial/court whatever. It will not go away and will show up whenever you get stopped for a traffic violation or registering your car, getting insurance, etc. Get a lawyer to take care of it for you without you showing up. It will cost some money but will be cheaper in the long run to get it taken care of now.

  2. Mr and Mrs Leland Chapman
    June 7th, 2009 at 02:57 | #2

    I live in Washington State and while I can’t give you an absolute answer I call tell you that (depending on what county the warrant is out of) some of the jails here are so over crowded right now they are only taking felonies.

  3. Emilio N
    June 8th, 2009 at 16:02 | #3

    depends how far they have to expedite you i live in oklahoma and was expedited back to texas for a misdemeanor but another guy i know had same charge and florida didnt want to pay to expedite him so the jail here in oklahoma held him for ten days florida never came to expedite him so they let him go charges dropped

  4. Another Garcia
    June 8th, 2009 at 17:14 | #4

    Ok, I’m don’t really know what I’m talking about exactly, but I know that the first step in extradition is an arrest warrant issued by the forum state (washington). For example, when you don’t go to court on a criminal hearing (especially if you bonded out) an arrest warrant is issued by the judge. Normally that warrant is only state wide. But many states share reciprocity with other states. For example Florida has reciprocity with Georgia and Alabama (I think). The point is when states have reciprocity that means that a warrant issued in one state has full force and effect in the states it has reciprocity with. If AZ and WA have reciprocity (I kinda doubt it) and you get pulled over in AZ for speeding (lets say) and the cop runs your name and the WA warrant pops up, you will be arrested and sent to WA. However, if there is no reciprocity then AZ may likely never know – not for a simple DUI. There would nevertheless be a warrant waiting for you in WA. Hope this helps some.

  5. Old Fuzz
    June 11th, 2009 at 04:11 | #5

    I doubt very much that you will ever be extradited to WA for a misdemeanor DUI. However, both WA and AZ belong to the interstate compact. They enforce each other’s traffic law. What will happen is WA will contact the AZ dept. of motor veh. and your driver’s license will be suspended until you take care of the citation.
    My advice, contact the clerk of court in the jurisdiction where you were cited. Explain that you can not get back to WA and ask if you can simply pay a fine to take care of the matter. Plan on being charged a lot of money. First you will be nailed for the DUI fine and then for the Failure To Appear charge as well. If they insist you appear, hire an attorney in WA to represent you. He might be able to work something out for you.
    You are going to find that skipping out on this charge is going to prove to be a very expensive hassle.
    Good luck.

  6. Linda D
    June 14th, 2009 at 01:07 | #6

    You can not be extradited for anything but murder. In most states, if you have a misdemeanor warranty out for you, do not live there anymore then after some time they leave it on your record but do NOT enforce it unless you return and do more stupid things.

  7. cprucka
    June 16th, 2009 at 09:31 | #7

    I wouldn’t worry about it unless of course there was a death involved

  8. speedysundevil
    June 16th, 2009 at 16:15 | #8

    it all depends on how bad Washington wants you. even if they won’t extradite, prepare for a much longer than usual traffic stop, and possible detainment while they figure out if they will extradite the warrant. Most likely Washington won’t extradite for a misdemeanor, but you will get a lot of grief and lost time by the agency that pulls you over or otherwise contacts you because they will have to follow warrant procedures which can take a while.

  9. bluelights
    June 16th, 2009 at 22:07 | #9

    The likelyhood is pretty slim for extradition for a DUI. We barely go over 150 miles for warrants like that. But, I guarantee you that your warrant has been entered into the NCIC system. That means that every time you are stopped (no matter where you are) and they run your license, you will be waiting for 10-20 minutes until that agency states that they are not going to extradite you.

    Since it is just a misdemeanor warrant, there are ways to take care of the matter. Call that city or county police/sheriff’s department and explain that you are living out of state and that you want to clear the warrant through payment. Unless there is mandatory jail time that has to be served with that state, most will work with you to resolve the warrant.

    Just remember, if a new job asks you to get a background check, it will come up with you having a warrant for your arrest. Take care of this now before it becomes a major problem for you later.

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