No one wants to face the prospect of fighting DWI charges in the state of Texas. Just this year the state was listed as the tenth strictest state in the nation on handling DWIs. So what could be worse than being arrested and facing DWI charges in Texas? One thing is being picked up on an arrest warrant almost ten years after facing such charges.
According to reports, this is what happened to a woman recently in Roane County Tennessee. According to that story, a woman was charged with felony DWI with chile in 2007 in Harris County Texas. According to the story, she did not face the charges when the case was active, and left the state to live under an assumed name.
In situations such as these, a police station will issue a warrant for the arrest of the person facing charges. Then, that warrant is entered in a national database where police officers from across the country can stay updated about who has a warrant out for an arrest and who does not. And that database is what led this woman to be picked up by Tennessee police officers.
In this case, the woman was living under the radar under a false name, and getting by just fine. It was not until the father of her child showed up to school one day and asked the authorities there to not allow the mother to pick up her child as she had an arrest warrant out for DWI in Texas. Well, the authorities checked it out, and then she was arrested. Now she faces being extradited to Texas to face the charges of DWI with child once again.
Rule of Extradition
Extradition is a legal term used to describe the practice of transferring prisoners from one state to another. In those cases, a suspect will be picked up on some charge or for an outstanding warrant and be brought into custody. Depending on the seriousness of the charges, a foreign state will ask that the prisoner be transferred to face outstanding charges in that state.
In most cases the charges need to be rather serious for a state to request and be granted extradition. In situations where the arrest warrant is for a misdemeanor, failure to appear in civil court, or other proceeding a state will not request extradition because it such an expensive thing to do. But when the warrant is for felony, like here, it is almost guaranteed that the state will request and be granted extradition on the person facing charges.
So what happens next in the process? The prosecution team will have kept all the evidence from the 2007 arrest and charge. Now they will re-open the case against the woman, and likely ask that the judge limit her ability to be let out on bail, and impose a strict sentence if convicted to set an example and determinant for future people who leave the state when charged with DWI.
What will be lost in all of the shuffle is the affect this process will have on this woman and her family. It is the human side of criminal prosecutions that often gets lost and not regarded when people are arrested, charged, and housed in a jail as part of a criminal justice system. That is why choosing the right legal team to represent you is so important.
The professional DWI defenders at the Wilder DWI Defense Firm will place your case as a priority and defend your charges. If you are facing DWI charges, contact us today.