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If I was on probation 17 years ago in New Jersey and left that

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If I was on probation 17 years ago in New Jersey and left that state could they come after me now to makee me serve time. Even if I kept out of any kind of trouble. It was a drug charge
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You mention it was a drug charge. Was it a felony or misdemeanor?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Felony

Seventeen years is a long time to be on the run. In some situations the warrant for arrest remains, but it is "dormant", meaning that your friend won't get extradited if arrested elsewhere outside New Jersey. Sometimes it's kept active. There is no way to determine that until it is too late, so it's always safer to assume there is still an active warrant outstanding for arrest.

Technically if he goes back to the state and he is found, he can still be made to serve the entire sentence. Of course, that the person has been out of trouble and productive since going on the lam is helpful, but it doesn't prevent there at least being some jail time served and the sentence was never satisfied.

To be safe in assuming, one must assume there is an actual warrant and if caught, jail time will still be served.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Can they just pay off the probation

No, it's more serious than that. The sentence still must be dealt with.

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