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Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP) or Giving Testimony

After a suspect or a defendant in a criminal investigation bails out of jail, they often leave the state or the country to avoid prosecution. This is especially true if the case is a murder case or an attempted murder case.

Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution was enacted in 1934 for the purpose of assisting law enforcement officials apprehend fugitives. The Federal Bureau of Investigation received responsibility for fugitives convicted or accused of extortion accompanied by threats of violence, assault with a dangerous weapon, rape, robbery, burglary, kidnapping or murder. In 1961, every felony offense that occurred in the 50 states was added to the crimes listed above and are now subject to this law.

Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution or Giving Testimony.

You may not leave your current location under the following circumstances:

  • You wish to avoid being prosecuted in a court of law.
  • You have been convicted of a crime, and you wish to avoid being incarcerated for a crime that is either a felony or subject to the death penalty.
  • You wish to avoid giving testimony in a criminal felony or a death penalty case.
  • You wish to avoid being served, or you hope to avoid contempt proceedings.

Punishment for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.

If you are found guilty of Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution, there is the possibility that you could face as much as five years in prison. On top of that, you may receive a fine. These penalties would be in addition to the penalties you received from the original offense. Your case for the original offense could also be in jeopardy because of your flight. Because you tried to escape prior to your court date, the judge would not be inclined to grant you bail because you have proven yourself to be a flight risk.

Avoiding Prosecution Isn’t Worth It.

There are several reasons that make avoiding prosecution a bad idea. For example, the crime for which you were being prosecuted or were convicted has a statute of limitations. You may be able to be gone long enough for the statute of limitations to pass, but you will not be free to return to the United States. The statute of limitations doesn’t expire when the person accused of the crime disappears. Therefore, you would be subject to prosecution no matter when you come back to the U.S.

You may be extradited back to the United States if you run to another country. With international extradition, the United States would be able to ask the country you are living in to send you back to the U.S. because you are avoiding prosecution or the need to give testimony. In order for the U.S. to request your extradition, it would need to have a treaty with the country. If you plan to go to a country that doesn’t have an extradition treaty, it still isn’t worth it to run to that country to avoid prosecution because of all of the other penalties that you would face.

If you run to another state, the state in which the crime took place would need to file the documents so that you can be returned to your state. Your state would need to declare that you left the state with the intention of avoiding prosecution, and this would prove that you are a fugitive and would make you subject to the penalties listed above for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.

If you decide to run away before your court date, the judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest when you do not show up at the appointed time, and you will be in contempt of court. Once you leave the state, the judge will issue a fugitive from justice warrant.

After you become a fugitive from justice, bounty hunters can come after you. The laws give bounty hunters the ability to search for fugitives from justice after they fail to show up for their court dates or skip out on bail. Bounty hunters may even be more diligent in finding you than law enforcement officers because bounty hunters get a lot of money for their troubles.

Lastly, your reputation is in danger if you run from the law. The police departments regularly put mugshots up on their social media webpages and share them with other media sources, so your photograph could be plastered from one location of the country to the other. It just isn’t worth it.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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