If your father had an open criminal
matter, jumped bail on it and failed to appear, there is almost certainly an active warrant for his arrest. Warrants never expire.
The on line $30 searches are unreliable at best, and unfortunately, you
have no right without a court
order to obtain anyone else's RAP sheet. If your father is still alive, he is entitled to a full copy of his criminal record
which he could get either from the FBI
or from the state
. The former is more accurate but would require his getting printed. And with a warrant he would never want to walk into a police station and get a report.
He can also, however, walk into a public defender's office, explain that he is not sure of whether there is a warrant outstanding or not. If it's a NYS warrant, Legal Aid should be able to pull it up for him and advise him of how to deal with it if he wishes. A public defender's organization will not report him to the state if he chooses not to return on the warrant.
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This thread will not close and you can always use it to get clarification.This is informational only and is NOT legal advice. There is no attorney-client relationship. You are advised to consult an attorney in your state for specific legal advice.
Edited by FranL on 1/3/2010 at 5:14 PM EST