If a U.S. citizen is convicted or accused of a crime in a foreign country, or in a U.S. state other than where they reside, they may be subject to extradition – forced removal from the U.S. to serve out a sentence abroad, or movement from one state to another to face charges. Whether you’re facing international or domestic extradition, there are a number of intricacies to the process that are important to consider. While willingly consenting to either interstate or international extradition may seem the quickest and easiest course of action, it can have consequences that merit careful consideration and professional legal advice. For example, accepting extradition can lead to your immediate incarceration, while pursuing other options may allow for the posting of bond.
Extradition hearings do also represent an opportunity to fight against a case that is thin or fraudulent, as you will have the opportunity to resist extradition on the merits of the case or conviction against you or at the very least learn more about the charges against your very early on in the process. Extradition can also be fought for health reasons, and defendants who are aging or ill can often receive special dispensation through a well-argued extradition hearing.
A federal lawyer well versed in international law is an essential ally in any extradition process. Tim Bower Rodriguez will fight and litigate extraditions for you, and can help you and your loved ones get the best possible outcome in your case.