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My question is, if one has a felony charge and left the country,

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My question is, if one has a felony charge and left the country, can more charges be pressed after the return because of fleeing?
Also, can a lawyer be hired and act in the name of the defendant before the return, and if yes, can a plea charge be entered by the lawyer before the return?

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Fleeing and Eluding simply means you flee the scene of a crime to elude a Police Officer.

Did that occur?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes, my son left the country.

OK, he left but didn't flee the scene of the accident and elude police officers at that time - correct?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

He was not involved in an accident. The charge against him is growing marijuana with intent to sell, and he left the country when someone discovered the plants and called the police. The charge was posted 6 days after that.

OK, then he can't be charged for fleeing and eluding.

The problem is - there is no statute of limitations after the warrant of arrest has been issued.

Once an arrest warrant is issued, it has no statue of limitation... meaning it will never expire.

Law enforcement has x number of years to issue the warrant (decide to take out charges) depending on the state. That is where the statute of limitations comes into play in your son's case.

But since they have already issued the warrant - it now will continue indefinitely.

But under the circumstances you described - no, although he left the country - he will not face additional charges for doing so.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you fr your answers.


My other questions from the original note were, if a lawyer can be hired and act in his behalf before his return, or if he needs to return first before we can try to work out a plea bargain.


Thanks again.

Regretfully, no.

Yes, an attorney would be able to arrange and negotiate a plea deal and when and how he would turn himself in. However, the attorney couldn't actually represent him and enter a plea on his behalf - he has to be personally in court himself for that.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

That raises another question for me. Is there any guarantee that when he turns himself in the plea deal will be the same, or can the deal still be changed by the prosecutor or judge at the time of his return.

Regretfully, the judge DOES NOT have to accept the plea deal if they don't want to. However, they usually always do.

The DA is bound by the plea deal - but not the judge. The judge has the discretion.

Plea bargain - the process whereby a criminal defendant and prosecutor reach a mutually satisfactory disposition of a criminal case, subject to court approval.

Plea bargaining can conclude a criminal case without a trial. When it is successful, plea bargaining results in a plea agreement between the prosecutor and defendant. In this agreement, the defendant agrees to plead guilty without a trial, and, in return, the prosecutor agrees to dismiss certain charges or make favorable sentence recommendations to the court. Plea bargaining is expressly authorized in statutes and in court rules.

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