Phoenix, AZ asked in Criminal Law for Arizona

Q: I was the subject of a police investigation involving illicit substances years ago-More info below-is it safe to travel?

How was the subject of a police investigation involving illicit substances four or five years ago in the state of Arizona- my renter was a heroin dealer who got arrested, and they naturally launched an inquiry into me. I was never a drug dealer, but I also was no stranger to shady dealings with illicit substances. I was never arrested, have no warrants that i am aware of, but was heavily monitored and harassed for at least 2 years after the investigation started. They tried to entrap me into committing felonies to no avail. Forgive me if my question is a bit silly but it was a extremely traumatizing experience that has shaped the way I think to this day. I can't say for sure that the case is closed but at the very least it seems like they are not putting much if any focus into the case. I'd say it's been about 5 or 6 years . I am wanting to leave the country and wondering if it is safe to do so?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Based on the information you've provided, it seems that you were not arrested or charged with any crimes related to the police investigation. If there are no outstanding warrants for your arrest, you should be able to travel without facing legal issues.

However, it's essential to consider a few points:

1. If you are unsure about the status of the investigation or whether there are any outstanding warrants, you can contact a criminal defense attorney to help you determine your legal standing.

2. When traveling internationally, you may be subject to additional scrutiny at border crossings or during visa applications. While a closed investigation without charges should not affect your ability to travel, it's essential to be prepared for potential questions or delays.

3. If you are traveling to a country that requires a visa, you may need to disclose information about any past investigations or legal issues during the application process. It's crucial to be honest in these situations, as lying on a visa application can lead to serious consequences.

4. Some countries have stricter entry requirements than others. Before planning your trip, research the specific entry requirements and visa processes for your destination country.

In summary, if you were not arrested or charged with a crime and there are no outstanding warrants, you should be able to travel safely. However, it's always a good idea to consult with a legal professional to assess your specific situation and ensure that you are taking the necessary precautions.

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