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However, there are also situations in which police find an outstanding warrant and are not allowed to do anything about it. In this case, it is a non-extraditable warrant. When a non-extraditable warrant is issued, it means that if the person if found in the state or country in which it was issued, police can arrest him or her. If, however, the person is found in a different state or country, the government does not think it is worth it to pay the costs of transportation back.
According to some reports, there are as many as 108,000 non-extraditable warrants currently active throughout the U.S. While the vast majority of them are for low-level misdemeanors, some are actually for felony crimes. The only reason an officer of another state can arrest someone with a non-extraditable warrant is if he or she commits a crime in that area.
Many people who have outstanding warrants are unaware of it. If you believe that there might be a warrant against you, or if you have found out that there is, it is in your best interest to contact a Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer at Thomas & Paulk.