Will the state of IL issue an out of state warrant for a felony DUI if you don’t go to court and can you be extrdited back?

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Will the state of IL issue an out of state warrant for a felony DUI if you don’t go to court and can you be extrdited back?

My attorney told me that if I left the state they would not extridite me back for a DUI and they would not come looking for me, they would just wait for me to get into trouble again (provided I don’t go to court).

Asked on May 30, 2009 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

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

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

That's pretty much it.  They won't extradite from another state and they won't come looking for you,  but if you get into any trouble whatsoever that could be it.  This would include getting stopped for something as inconsequential as a minor traffic violation.  Even if you have an employment background check this could all come up and you could be turned in; at the very least you certainly won't get hired. 

Warrants don't expire.  This will affect you for the rest of your life.  Bottom line take care of this.  It's not as though you robbed a bank.  Yes, a DUI is a criminal charge and some jail time might be involved.  No matter, it makes no difference, you must handle this.  The sooner the better.  Voluntarily contacting the authorities will weigh heavily in your favor.


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