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 to Pennsylvania.
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.