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RE: But would a warrant show up on a background check with an employer? Could I still fly (not to the state of origin, of course)?
RE: I need help weighing the REAL and HONEST practical pros and cons of sticking around.
1) A warrant should not show up on a background check but the arrest for the crime may appear, so the employer would be able to see it. You could still fly within the United States.
2) There are not pros to leaving, expect you will have more time to do what you want but eventually this will have to be answered to. If you think that you will never get stopped by the police or placed in a situation where this would be an issue, you are wrong. If you are held, New York is going to want you. Plain and simple. They are not going to tell the jail to just release you and to never show your face in New York again. You could have to wait in jail until you are picked up and taken to New York which could take a month or two. If you were to just resolve this now, it would be over with and you would not have to watch over your shoulder all the time. If things start to work out for you, it could all end if you are taken into custody and sent back to new york.
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