If you face criminal charges in another state, you may face extradition.  Extradition is the legal term for sending someone to another state for criminal prosecution.  This can happen when you have a warrant issued for your arrest in another state.  The warrant may be the result of criminal charges or because you failed to attend a court appearance.  A warrant may be issued, even without your knowledge.

There are two ways that you may face extradition.  You may live outside of the state of California but may have a warrant in California.  Or, you may live in California and face charges in another state.  The most important thing to do if you are faced with extradition is to speak to a criminal attorney.  The attorney will work with you to ensure that the situation is handled properly and will fight for your rights.

Before being extradited to another state, you must have an identification hearing.  This is a hearing that is done to protect your rights and to make sure that you are indeed the person that is wanted.  Your attorney will represent you at this important hearing and will negotiate with the other state to try to resolve the charges without the need for you to be extradited.  In many cases, the charges can be resolved so you will be able to stay in California.

Extradition will require you to be jailed for some time while you are sent to the other state and your charges are resolved.  Even if you are innocent of the charges, you will spend time in custody.  This is because you are considered to have run from the crime, even if you didn’t know you had pending charges.

Extradition can be a confusing and daunting experience.  Count on the experience of your attorney to assist you throughout the process. If you are outside of the State of California, it can be helpful to obtain local representation.  A local California attorney will represent you before, during, and after your extradition and will be there to fight your charges, no matter what they may be.