We know someone who ran away to the philippines and has legal pending cases to be served. what shall we do to bring him back to hawaii?

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We know someone who ran away to the philippines and has legal pending cases to be served. what shall we do to bring him back to hawaii?

Asked on July 7, 2009 under Criminal Law, Hawaii

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Depending on the crimes involved, if you are talking about a capital offense(s) such as murder for example, Hawaii could possibly move to have him extradited back from the Phillipines.  Otherwise you really have no legal recourse; you would just have to persuade this individual to return.

What you can inform them of is that if they fail to appear in court than the judge will have a bench warrant issued.  And warrants never expire.  If that is the case this individual may not be able to ever return to the US.  If they attempt to, they may be arrested and placed in custody in Hawaii, or in any other state they may try to re-enter in and returned to Hawaii, to face trial on the outstanding charges.  It would be far better for this person to return voluntarily and deal with their legal issues now.

You really need to consult with and discuss this matter more fully with an attorney in your area.


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