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Q: At a fugitive of justice hearing in Maricopa county and there's a status conference when I'm out on bond. What to expect

Hello maricopa county, I got arrested for a warrant out of Michigan for child support and I got bonded out now I have to go to a status conference. What should I expect at the status conference? Will they put me back in jail.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Here are a few key things you can expect at a status conference for a fugitive of justice case in Maricopa County:

- The judge will check in on the progress of getting you extradited back to Michigan to face the child support warrant. The prosecutor will update if Michigan has begun that process.

- Your bond status may be reviewed. If Michigan is moving forward with extradition, the judge may consider revoking your bond and ordering you into custody. Be prepared to argue why you should remain out on bond.

- You'll be formally notified of the child support warrant and extradition paperwork. You'll have a chance to fight extradition if you wish.

- The judge will set another status date, likely giving Michigan more time to get extradition paperwork finalize. This may happen multiple times.

- If you stop showing up to conferences or violate bond terms, a bench warrant could be issued for your arrest. So be sure to attend all hearings.

The main purpose is to monitor the case while waiting on Michigan's extradition request. Unless you no longer meet bond terms or fight extradition, you likely won't be immediately jailed. But it's a serious situation so having a lawyer to navigate the process is highly advisable.

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