What’s more challenging than getting arrest for a crime is getting arrested in a state you do not reside in.
State has jurisdiction, meaning they can prosecute any crime that occurs in that state. So, if you are a California resident visiting Texas, and you are involved in some incident or crime and are arrested, you would be charged for that in Texas, not California.
There are some instances where the out-of-state defendant can hire a local attorney to represent them in court. This way, the out-of-state defendant does not need to show face. However, these situations are restricted to misdemeanor offenses.
An out-of-state arrest is very costly too – more than it already would be for an in-state arrest. On top of paying for your bail, you need to pay for any other damages for the crime and travel and accommodation between your home state and the state you are being prosecuted in. Alternatively, you could possibly reside in the prosecuting state for the time being. It is important however to clear your freedom and restrictions with court. You may be required to reside in the vicinity. Either way, this is costly and time consuming, taking you away from your normal duties like work and family.
If you or someone you know is arrested within California state lines, please contact us, Mendota Bail Bond Store Services, immediately at 559-264-0603.
We can help resolve some of your issue by posting bail with you. We don’t expect you to know exactly what is going on right off the bat (besides, no one expects to get arrested or know someone who is!) but work with us and we’ll make sure you understand everything.