If a friend i live with has a warrant for their arrest, but has not gone to settle it, will i get in trouble for not turning them in?

Will i get into trouble for not turning
them in?

Asked on September 24, 2018 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

In theory, no: just living with someone subject to arrest is not itself criminal. In practice, IF the authorities believe that you were trying to shelter them or help them or avoid being found and arrested, they could press charges against you for harboring a fugitive. And if you are a renter (don't own your home), check  you lease: some leases make it an evictable lease vioaltion to have someone who has a warrant for their arrest living with you. So you could face trouble over this, from the police if they think you are helping your friend avoid arrest, or possibly, depending on your living situation and lease, from your landlord. You need your friend to clear this up; or else if you can avoid living with them, do so.

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