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Massachusettes resident with a bench warrant in New Hampshire

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Massachusettes resident with a bench warrant in New Hampshire for a misdemeanor, why does it not show up in Massachusettes when officer ran My License.
Hello friend. My name is XXXXX XXXXX welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: (1) this is general information only, not legal advice, and, (2) there may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies.

Mostly, luck.

When a criminal court in any state issues a warrant, it is eventually fed into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), which combines the following databases:
-Sexual Offender Registry;
-Foreign Fugitive;
-Immigration Violator (USCIS/ICE/CBP);
-Violent Gang and Terrorist Organization; and
-Wanted Persons files (federal and state warrants).

However, either (1) the warrant has not yet been updated into the system, or, (2) there was human error along the way, which is known to happen.

Either way, the misdemeanor is not (yet?) in the system, but the problem normally corrects itself so if an officer checks one's background again in a few months, the outcome may not be as positive: the misdemeanor would be seen, and the individual detained. Ergo, this was a fluke, but may not happen again. Please, be careful.

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