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Criminal Defense » Can I be extradited to Colorado for a parole violation?
Extradition into Colorado is the legal procedure for returning a “fugitive from justice” to Colorado in order for him/her to face prosecution or sentencing for a criminal offense he/she allegedly committed there. Other than violating parole, grounds for extradition are that the fugitive allegedly violated his/her bail or probation conditions.
There are five basic steps for a person to be extradited from out of state (the “asylum state”) into Colorado.
When an alleged fugitive has fled from Colorado, it is Colorado’s responsibility to:
Note that the governor’s warrant must include the following information for it to be valid:
Note that Colorado is one of 48 states that is a party to the UCEA. However, every state’s asylum procedures are usually a little different. Alleged fugitives are encouraged to hire attorneys in both Colorado as well as the asylum state to work together to ensure that they are getting the most comprehensive defense.
The two states that have not adopted the UCEA are South Carolina and Missouri. Therefore, when alleged fugitives from Colorado flee to Missouri or South Carolina, Colorado law enforcement must take care to follow the asylum state’s specific extradition procedures.
Practically, Colorado does not have the money nor manpower to try to extradite everyone who broke the law in Colorado back into the state. So while Colorado can try to extradite people for committing petty offenses, misdemeanors, and minor felonies in the state, Colorado will likely try to extradite only people who have allegedly committed the most serious felonies, such as:
Also, Colorado is more likely to try to extradite alleged fugitives in high-profile cases, even if the underlying crime is minor, such as DUI or drug possession.
Michael Becker has over a quarter-century's worth of experience as an attorney and more than 100 trials under his belt. He is a sought-after legal commentator and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Nevada, California, and Florida.
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