Domestic and International Extradition

Extradition is defined as the surrender of a person by a State to another State for prosecution or punishment.  States usually will work with one another to extradite individuals facing serious charges.  For example, if a person is facing a murder arrest warrant in NY and is arrested in Georgia for an unrelated charge, then NY will request GA to extradite that individual to face the charges in NY.  An attorney in GA can help the client decide whether or not to fight extradition and a lawyer in NY can help the client face the murder charges.  Conaway & Strickler, PC, fortunately, is licensed to practice in both NY and GA and would be able to advise the client on both ends.  

Internationally, extradition is essentially the same thing.  The Northern District of Georgia can issue a warrant for an individual and if that person is picked up in another country where there exists an extradition treaty, then the US government can request extradition of that individual to face charges in the US court.  It is important to note that not only is an extradition treaty required with the foreign country, but it must only be for certain offenses.  For example, if a country doesn’t believe in the death penalty, it will deny the extradition request from the US if the US is seeking an individual facing a capital offense.  

Both Meg Strickler and Dan Conaway have spoken extensively about Interpol Red Notices and Domestic Extradition.  Ms. Strickler was also recently cited concerning fugitive banker, David Drumm.

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