Getting arrested for DUI does not mean you will be convicted. Police misconduct, defective breathalyzers and crime lab mistakes may be enough to get your charges lessened or dismissed. Visit our page on Colorado DUI Laws to learn more.
Criminal Defense Attorney Denver » Extradition From Another State into Colorado
Extradition into Colorado is the legal process of bringing back to Colorado a fugitive from justice currently in another state. Colorado may extradite fugitives suspected of committing any felony, misdemeanor, or petty offense. But since extradition is expensive, Colorado typically pursues fugitives suspected of only serious crimes such as homicides, rape (CRS 18-3-402), grand theft, drug trafficking, and escaping prison (CRS 18-8-208).
Below, our Denver Colorado criminal defense lawyers discuss the following frequently asked questions:
The basic procedures for extradition into Colorado is as follows:
See our related article, extradition out of Colorado.
A governor’s warrant is the document permitting an asylum state to arrest a fugitive from another state. When a suspected fugitive is wanted by Colorado, Colorado authorities must:
For a governor’s warrant to be valid, it must include:
The governor on the receiving end of the request is the one who signs the governor’s warrant. So when Colorado wants a fugitive returned to Colorado, the governor of the other asylum state must sign the governor’s warrant.4 In addition, the governor of the asylum state is responsible for ensuring that the specific procedures for extradition have all been followed.
48 of the 50 states in the U.S. have adopted the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act (UCEA). So while every state is a little different, these 48 states largely follow the same extradition procedures as outlined in the UCEA. The only two states that have not adopted the UCEA are:
So if a fugitive from Colorado ever escapes to Missouri or South Carolina, Colorado would need to follow their specific laws in attempt to extradite the fugitive.5
Although Colorado can pursue fugitives suspected of minor offenses, it generally seeks to extradite only people suspected of major crimes such as murder, sexual assault, drug trafficking, and grand theft.
The reason is that the extradition process can be expensive. It is not uncommon for the process to cost between $2,000 to $4,000 or more, depending on the facts of the case.
Still, there might be circumstances where the state feels it is “worth it” to pull a person back – even for a lesser offense. This is especially true when a case has received media attention or has an impact on the political process.
We represent clients in and around Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Lakewood, and several nearby cities.
The law is unclear. If ASP batons fall under Colorado’s definition of blackjacks, then they are illegal in the state. But if ASP batons are not considered blackjacks, then people should be able to possess and openly carry them. What is an ASP baton? ASP is short for Armament Systems & Procedures. It is a ...
Colorado sex offender registry laws usually permit convicted sex offenders from other states to travel to Colorado. However, visitors are considered temporary residents and must therefore register in Colorado if they either: stay for more than 14 days, or stay for more than 30 days in a calendar year Note that visitors must comply with ...
Following a Colorado hit-and-run incident, prosecutors can press criminal charges against the suspect within one year in most cases, three years if serious injury results, five years if death results, and ten years in vehicular homicide cases. Meanwhile, the victim can bring a civil lawsuit within three years after the accident. What is a statute ...
Colorado judges revoke bond when a defendant violates bail conditions (CRS 18-8-212), such as failing to appear (FTA) in court. Once bond is revoked, the defendant may be remanded to jail pending the outcome of the criminal case. And the bail money may be forfeited to the court. How do bail bonds work in Colorado? ...