What would happen on a Bond jump and felony arson charge? 22 Answers as of October 02, 2012

My friend set a dumpster on fire and was arrested. They charged him with arson. He then bonded out and left the state. He then bond jumped and got a failure to appear. He wants to know what would most likely to happen. Would they issue a bench warrant and wait for him to show his face? Will they go looking for him? What kind of trouble could he be facing? They arrested him by entering his home without permission without a warrant. Can they do that?

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Leonard A. Kaanta, P.C. | Leonard A. Kaanta
You friend is facing serious felony charges. He be arrested at routine traffic stop.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/2/2012
Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
He is facing arrest where ever he is. If he is out of state he could be arrested held 30 days and possibly returned to CA. The bail bondsman may try to arrest him. It doesn't matter if there was an illegal arrest if they did not get any evidence from the arrest.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/26/2012
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
There will be an alias warrant outstanding for him until he is apprehended or he turns himself into authorities. If he is in another state he will be extradited back to the offending state when caught. Because he failed to appear and fled from the state I would think that a bond would be difficult if even possible at all meaning he will remian incarcerated until his trial date. On account of fleeing from the State he is much more likley to be facing some prison time. This guy needs to consult an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 9/25/2012
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
Your friend is probably young and definitely not a good decision maker. Arson is a very serious crime, but a dumpster that is not near a building is a little better than setting a house or car on fire. He should have just let his public defender get him a Youthful Offender plea or a misdemeanor plea with probation. By absconding he has now added bail jumping and a bench warrant to the case and when he is arrested or surrendered the judge will set a high bail and he will stay in jail until trial or until he takes a plea. He is more likely to get a felony conviction and even a prison sentence since he was not mature enough to make the proper decision or ask his lawyer before he absconded. The police can enter a house if they are in hot pursuit in an emergency situation and they will not have to get a warrant under certain circumstances. If the arrest is deemed illegal by the judge at a hearing the evidence including his statements may be suppressed, but he may still be convicted if they have other evidence. Arson can cause thousands or even millions of dollars of damage and risks the lives of firemen and others who are at risk since fire can spread or cause explosions. He should call a lawyer and surrender immediately or contact Legal Aid or his previous lawyer to surrender as soon as possible before they find him. He should also get counseling since he has some very serious issues and no regard for the lives and safety of others.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 9/25/2012
Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
First of all, arson is serious crime with potentially serious jail time. When your friend left the state and did not appear, a bench warrant for his arrest was probably issued by the judge. In addition, he forfeited his bond. If the police do not find him and arrest him, the bonding company will probably hire bounty hunters to track him down and bring him back. Besides the original arson charge, he will also face additional penalties for being a fugitive. If and when he is found, there will probably be a no-bond hold, preventing him from bailing out of jail. Whether "they arrested him by entering his home without permission and without a warrant" is the least of his problems.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/25/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    What will happen Guaranteed there is already a no bail felony warrant for him. He'll be arrested without being allowed bail, then transported to the court as soon as he comes into contact with law enforcement anywhere, any time. Yes, of course they will be looking for him.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    The bondsman can hunt him down and arrest him to bring him back to court.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    The bench warrant has already been issued. When he is stopped by police at a traffic stop or outside of a bar, when there is a fight he has nothing to with, he will be arrested, and sit in jail until the case goes to trial, because he cannot keep his word. After he failed to appear in court after being granted a bond, you ask can the police enter his home without a warrant. Can he fail to come to court? Then they can fail to get a warrant. Everyone is doing whatever the hell they please. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    He will probably get a larger bond or jail. However if he goes to court with an attorney he MAY walk back out. No promises. And the circumstances of his arrest make a difference whether it is illegal or not.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Your friend is in trouble. In addition to the arson charge, they will also add the additional charge of felony flight. A warrant is issued, and yes they will go looking for him.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Law Office of Michael E. Dailey
    Law Office of Michael E. Dailey | Michael E. Dailey
    You need a smarter group of friends. This guy has compounded his problems ten fold by jumping bond on a felony case not the least is that he has absolutely proven himself to be unacceptable for probation. They would not have to go looking for him. Based on his past display of smarts, he will get busted in some state for something. They will then determine he has a felony warrant even from another state and proceed to extradite back to face the felony charges and include one for interstate flight to avoid prosecution and he will probably be held without bond. He had best be using this time to get the money together to get a really good lawyer or you won't see him again until you are retired.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    His bond is forfeited and yes it's a good arrest.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Natty Shafer Law
    Natty Shafer Law | Nathaniel Shafer
    Yes, they will issue a bench warrant, which means that any interaction with the police could lead to him being arrested. Even if he is in another state, he could be arrested if a police department has it in their computers that there is an outstanding bench warrant. As for entering his home without permission without a warrant, no the police are not allowed to do that. Unfortunately, your friend jumping bond made any argument his lawyer could have used about the warrantless arrest pretty much useless.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    James M. Osak, P.C.
    James M. Osak, P.C. | James M. Osak
    Bounty Hunters can and do ignore the law. They're NOT law enforcement thus have NO RULES. Cops have to have a warrant UNLESS hot pursuit. ALSO . . . if the door was open . . . you've "invited" the cops in your house.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Oh yes. The bondsman will work tirelessly day and night to go and apprehend your friend. They want their money back!
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    There will be a warrant. His bond will be forfeited. Under the emergency doctrine, the police wouldn't need a warrant to arrest your friend in his house.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Attorney at Law | Michael P. Vollandt
    There is probably a warrant for his arrest and when he is picked up he will probably have a very high bail or no bail set and he will just sin in jail until the case is concluded.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Douglas M. Philpott, P.C. | Peter J. Philpott
    A bench warrant will be issued and they will likely bring him back if he is arrested in another state; however, they will not likely go looking for him.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Mace J. Yampolsky, LTD
    Mace J. Yampolsky, LTD | Mace Yampolsky
    Yes he is looking at a bench warrant and prison time.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    First, if police have probable cause, they can enter a home to effect an arrest without a warrant. Only a criminal defense attorney who investigates the case can determine whether the police had probable cause. Second, your friend needs to turn himself in to avoid making things worse. Now that he's fled the state and jumped bond, the bondsman is looking for him because the bondsman has money tied up in this enterprise. While the police may not be interested in finding him, the bondsman certainly is and can use tactics the police cannot use in order to find your friend and take him into custody.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    The bondsman will come after him and take him to jail. He may be sentenced to many years in prison. It is time to hire an aggressive criminal defense attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/24/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    The will be found and brought back. If he used a professional bondsman they will find him and bring him back. Bondsman do not work under the same rules as the government and can be very persistent and nasty.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/24/2012
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