Pennsylvania extradition? If you or someone you know has been arrested
in a state outside of Pennsylvania for charges filed by a Pennsylvania
law enforcement agency, it can be frustrating and scary. Frequently no
one in a position of authority tells you what to expect, and that’s
what makes the whole process so difficult.
In the context of this blog,
extradition is a legal term that referring to the official process of transferring
an accused person from one state’s jurisdiction to another state’s
jurisdiction. Every state will have its own procedure, but you can generally
expect the accused to be incarcerated in the arresting state until he
or she either waives Pennsylvania extradition (i.e., the prisoner chooses
to willingly surrender himself to Pennsylvania), or the arresting state
holds an extradition hearing and the presiding judge determines whether
the accused should be extradited. When an individual waives extradition
or a judge determines extradition is legally appropriate, the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania is notified that the accused is available to be transferred
Pennsylvania will have a specified period of time to arrange for transportation.
If Pennsylvania has failed to make arrangements within that period of
time, the accused may be released from custody. Within the time parameters
given by the Judge, it is usually difficult if not impossible to precisely
predict when an accused will be picked up in the arresting state and will
arrive in Pennsylvania. The County Sherriff’s Office and District
Attorney’s Office have the most control over and knowledge of when
this is likely to occur, but security concerns frequently restrict what
information can be released to an accused or his family.
Please call the attorneys at Curcillo Law so that we can help guide you
through the Pennsylvania extradition process.