A fugitive warrant is an arrest warrant issued in one jurisdiction that
authorizes law enforcement officers to take into custody a person who
has fled to another jurisdiction to avoid prosecution or punishment. In
California, fugitive warrants are issued by a California magistrate based
on a verified (or unverified) complaint or an affidavit of a credible
person from another state. (Penal Code Section 1551). In an unverified
complaint, the complaint must charge that the accused is a fugitive from
justice because the person has been charged with or convicted of a crime
in another state, has escaped from confinement or has violated the conditions
of his or her bail, probation, or parole. A verified complaint need only
charge that the person committed a crime in another state or was convicted.
(Penal Code Section 1551).
If you or someone you know has an outstanding fugitive warrant, contact
criminal defense attorney to resolve your warrant.