Every year, millions of tourists visit the paradise of Florida. Tourists are frequently arrested while partying for DUI, drug charges, solicitation, assault and battery, shoplifting, or any other criminal charge.
Regardless of the reason, if you commit a crime in Florida and have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will face serious consequences. These warrants do not expire, even if you are not aware of them. They will cause you serious problems if left unattended.
What is an arrest warrant?
An arrest warrant is a document issued by a judge to law enforcement over an alleged crime that allows the police to arrest and detain a suspect until a hearing.
When someone commits a felony crime, individuals might be arrested in the state they are in. However, for misdemeanor crimes, many states will not arrest nor extradite any individual for the crime.
If an individual leaves the state and there is an outstanding warrant against him/her, it is possible that they might not notice until the occurrence of other events, like an employment background check.
If an individual gets arrested in Florida, the authorities have the right to arrest, investigate, and charge her/him with the crime.
Misdemeanor Arrest Warrants
In most cases, the individual will be aware that a warrant has been issued. This happens when a misdemeanor criminal offense has been committed (for example, driving with a suspended license, petit theft, disorderly conduct, etc.). The penalty for this is usually less than one year in jail.
Felony Arrest Warrants
It is when an individual commits a violent crime and/ or certain drug offenses. The penalty for this crime is usually a minimum of one year in prison.
In Florida, extradition laws decide how the state an individual committed the crime in can bring him/her back for felony criminal charges.
Generally, this is a very expensive procedure, and the courts would prefer that the individual voluntarily returns to the state to face the warrant.
If you find yourself facing a criminal charge in Florida that needs to be taken seriously, or if a loved one has been arrested or charged in Florida while vacationing, it is imperative to have a professional and experienced attorney on your side. Attorney Russell Spatz has over four decades of experience.
To meet with Attorney Russell Spatz to discuss your criminal matter, please call the Spatz Law Firm, PL, at 305-442-0200.