Traveling With Pending Charges
Summary: What happens if you have charges pending against you and you need to travel? Maybe you travel often for work, or were arrested in a state where you don’t live. Are you within your legal rights to do so?
What happens if you have charges pending against you and you need to travel? Maybe you travel often for work, or were arrested in a state where you don’t live. Are you within your legal rights to do so?
The short answer is: it depends. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, in most cases you are still free to travel within the US. Felony charges, however, often carry travel restrictions. In most felony cases, you will be required to stay within the jurisdiction where the charges are pending. Now, the jurisdiction could refer to the state in which you were charged, or the country or parish. The court will decide the details of this restriction, and it’s essential to check with the court as to the specifics of your own case before traveling. Violating these restrictions can carry serious consequences, including incarceration.
Be sure to review the details of your bail order or the court restrictions that have been placed on you. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you navigate these often complex waters, and make sure you are in compliance with the law before you travel.
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