If you are facing a fugitive from justice charge in Pennsylvania, you have the right to legal representation. There is a lot at stake when you are facing a criminal conviction. You deserve an attorney who will fight for your freedom, career, and reputation.
A Montgomery fugitive from justice lawyer from McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. represents those who have been charged with crimes in Pennsylvania. Our attorneys can work to prevent a serious penalty, such as jail time. We are available 24/7 to take your call for a free consultation and discuss your case. With our expertise as a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Montgomery County, we ensure that every client gets the best representation tailored to their unique circumstances.
What Is a Fugitive from Justice?
A fugitive from justice is defined as any person who has fled the state or legal jurisdiction to avoid being prosecuted for a crime or to avoid giving their testimony during a criminal proceeding. They are known as someone who is “wanted.”
If a fugitive is wanted by one state, but they have moved to another, they could be subject to domestic extradition. If the fugitive has left the country, they could be subject to international extradition.
If You Are Now Living in Another State, You Could be Extradited
Extradition is the surrender of a person accused or convicted of an offense from one state or nation to another. The offender is removed from their current state to face criminal prosecution in the requesting state.
The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) helps law enforcement track down fugitives. When someone is arrested, the law enforcement officer will check the NCIC database to determine if the person has any outstanding warrants. If you have any outstanding warrants, you could be subject to extradition if the warrants are from another state.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, a Montgomery fugitive from justice lawyer from McKenzie Law Firm. P.C. can help. We can work to clear the charges so you can move on with your life without the worry of being extradited. Depending on the circumstances of your charges, we may be able to help you avoid the extradition process entirely.
You Could Be Arrested At Any Time if You Have an Arrest Warrant
To avoid being considered a fugitive, it is important to know if you have an arrest warrant. An arrest warrant is a legal document that has been signed by a judge which gives authorization to police officers to arrest the person who is named in the warrant. Reasons a judge might issue an arrest warrant include:
- Failure to appear in court
- Not taking care of parking or driving tickets
- Not following the terms of probation
- Not following the terms of a parole agreement
- There is a suspicion you have committed a crime
How Will I Know if I Have an Arrest Warrant?
If you are unsure if you have an arrest warrant, there are ways to find out. In Pennsylvania, you can find out if you have a warrant by searching online. There are also places you can go in person to check if you have an outstanding warrant. Places to check if you have an arrest warrant include:
- The County Sheriff’s office: The Montgomery, Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Office website has an online search tool where you can check if you have a warrant.
- Pennsylvania Judiciary Web Portal: If you don’t believe your warrant is from Montgomery County, or you are unsure of where the warrant was issued, you can check the Pennsylvania Judiciary Web Portal. On this website, you can search state-wide to determine if you have a warrant.
- Call or go to the police station: You can get information about any outstanding warrants from your local police station. If you do have a warrant, it is possible you could be arrested at that time.
- Visit the courthouse: The local courthouse will have information regarding an outstanding warrant in their jurisdiction.
If you find out you have an outstanding warrant in your name, you may be unsure what to do. An attorney from our firm can help you through the process. Once you begin working with our firm, we can help you determine if you have an arrest warrant or other charges pending against you.
An Attorney from Our Firm Can Help
If you have been charged with a fugitive from justice charge, our attorneys can help. We don’t want you to have to face these charges alone. We can provide legal guidance throughout the entirety of your case. To defend you from a conviction, we can:
- Investigate what happened during your arrest and why the original warrant was issued
- Review the plea agreement and provide guidance on whether or not to take the plea agreement or go through a trial
- Advocate for you to get your charges dismissed or reduced
Our litigation attorneys have handled many similar cases and will fight for you if your case goes to trial.
Benefits of Working With David McKenzie Law, P.C.
At McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., we offer many benefits to our clients. Once you become a client, your lawyer will be very accessible through email, text, social media, and phone. You will always be able to get ahold of your lawyer. Other benefits include:
- We will answer your calls 24/7.
- We will provide frequent status updates on your case.
- We fight to get your charges reduced or dismissed.
- We will explain all of your legal options.
Our attorneys will represent you both in and out of court. We will work tirelessly to help you stay out of jail and avoid paying large fines.
We Offer Free Consultations
We offer free consultations to all potential clients. During the consultation, we will review the details of your case and will inform you of your legal options. We will give you guidance on how to move forward with your case. Once you become our client, we will get to work preparing a defensive strategy.
Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (610) 680-7842 to find out how we can assist you. We make client satisfaction a priority. No matter what your charges are, we want to hear about your case and see how we can help. The sooner you call, the more time we will have to prepare your defense.