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Good morning, I am a Criminal Defense and Immigration Law attorney and former Prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office. I'll be answering your questions today, please understand this is for informational purposes only, and we do not currently have an attorney-client relationship. Please allow me just a few minutes to prepare some information for you, thank you!
It is very highly likely that CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) may see your bench warrant when traveling. For that reason, I recommend postponing your trip and having the bench warrant addressed before you travel. You wouldn't want to go through being arrested at the airport, and then extradited to wherever your warrant originated from.
The good news is that since it's been 6 years, witnesses to the original case may no longer be available. Or in other words, when so much time has passed, the prosecution's case is often weakened due to witnesses or evidence no longer being available or reliable; so your case may actually end up being resolved rather quickly (of course that's not a guarantee, and I don't have the specific facts and details of your case). My recommendation would be to hire a local defense attorney to help you with this. Hopefully it can be resolved quickly and you can go on with your plans in the future without having to worry about this.
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