If he runs away, how long will he have to stay hidden until he no longer has a warrant for his arrest? 12 Answers as of September 29, 2014

He is 16 and on probation. He has violated probation twice already. He has been violated again and is awaiting court. He knows he will be put away for a few years at least because of his charges. He's thinking if he waits it out until his 18th birthday he might be okay and be able to go back to normal life. He will probably be locked up until 18 at least so he is probably going to run away. Will it all be dropped at 18? Or maybe 21? Please no replies telling him to face the music and get the time over with.



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MatthewR. Schutz, Esq | Matthew R. Schutz
It will never go away. Since you do not want to year reality, there is little anyone here can do.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 9/29/2014
Zuckerman Law Firm LLC | David Zuckerman
Unfortunately, you want someone to tell you what you want to hear instead of what you need to hear. What's he going to do, skip high school and hide out for several years? That's a terrible idea and he's assured almost no chance at a normal life under that plan. Hire an attorney who can analyze his history and the violations and give you a fair assessment of any possible detention time.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 9/26/2014
Law Offices of James Elliot McIntosh
Law Offices of James Elliot McIntosh | James Elliot McIntosh
The warrant will remain his entire life. He will be denied social security until it is cleared.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/25/2014
Michael J. Harris, Attorney at Law
Michael J. Harris, Attorney at Law | Michael Harris
The warrant remains for the rest of his life.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 9/25/2014
Darrell B. Reynolds, P.C. | Darrell B. Reynolds
The warrant remains good until he has been arrested and faced the charges.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 9/25/2014
    Barton Barton & Plotkin
    Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
    This will never go away. Warrants do not ever expire. 16 year olds are treated as adults for this purpose. You don't want to hear this but he must eventually face the music.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/25/2014
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Your boyfriend is woefully mistaken, otherwise anybody could hide out for a period of time and avoid serving time as prescribed by the courts. It doesn't work that way. You ask how long he would have to hide.... try.. .forever. For you to tell me not to reply, that "he face the music...", seems to indicate that both you and he knew the answer before you wrote to me. Simply put, hiding will not do him one bit of good, other than to prolong the inevitable.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/25/2014
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    It will always be in the system.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/25/2014
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Are you his girlfriend? Because IF you are his mother, your heart will be broken before he is 25 no matter what. IF you are a male in his life, get out of his life, because "real men" would NEVER ask this question. Now for the answer: IT does not matter how long he runs/hides. The probation officer will file a tolling order, which stops the probation from running. When he is caught, be it at 17, 27, or 37, he will face the charges as if he was 16. At 37, he will not be placed in a juvenile facility, but he will probably do 6 months on the contempt. I cannot imagine that he will be caught without new charges. IN regards to the new charges, he will not get a bond, because he is a flight risk as demonstrated by his failure to appear for years.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 9/25/2014
    Ferguson & Ferguson
    Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
    It will not end. When they catch him he still will have to serve the time. You can't out run probation. Hire an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/25/2014
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    Warrants don't have expiration dates. We don't reward people for being an effective hinder. The sooner this gets resolved the better. He should get a lawyer to help arrange a time to turn himself in.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/25/2014
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