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    Arrest warrant...

    What kind of power does an arrest warrant give police? Can police kick down your door to arrest you?

    How long does warrants stay active or "open"?

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    In WA state here's the legal cite:

    Arrest Warrants
    RCW 10.31.040
    Officer may break and enter.
    To make an arrest in criminal actions, the officer may break open any outer or inner door, or windows of a dwelling house or other building, or any other inclosure, if, after notice of his office and purpose, he be refused admittance.
    [Code 1881 1170; 1854 p 129 179; RRS 2082.]

    Force
    RCW 10.31.050
    Officer may use force.
    If after notice of the intention to arrest the defendant, he either flee or forcibly resist, the officer may use all necessary means to effect the arrest.
    [Code 1881 1031; 1873 p 229 211; 1854 p 114 75; RRS 2084.]

    Warrants are valid as determined by the issuing Court. The warrant is a court order to a "peace officer" directing the officer to arrest that person.
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    Here in Canada an arrest warrant allows you to arrest the person whatever way it takes, wether it enter his residence (feeney) or any other place for that matter!
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    supreme court recently ruled that 20 seconds is suitable time to allow a person to answer the door.

    No knock warrants can also be served, the bring a special tool to do the knocking.

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    Once an arrest warrant is issued in NV, it never expires.

    We can force entry into the suspect's residence.

    If it is another party's residence, we typically need a search warrant for the premises in order to arrest the suspect.

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    Yes and never.


    I think it has been covered pretty nicely so far.
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    The police needs to know that the person lives at the address right?

    Are they allowed to just have a hunch?

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    Does the severity of a crime determines if the police actively pursue the warrant?

    Also, if a crime is done in one state and the suspect lives in another state, who comes after the suspect?

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    As long as the state where the warrant originated is willing to extradite, a variety ogf people could pursue you. The city PD (if applicable), the county, or the feds (depending on interest). My task force works mostly local warrants from my state and any others we are made aware of. So you could have feds after you too. We often do a UFAP for those local cases that we are really interested in. UFAP=unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
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    WHen we get a warrant, we get it pre-approved as to how far the county is willing to extradite. It is not terribly uncommon for us to stop someone who comes back as a NCIC hit from another state ( say Missouri) but the hit information says they will only extradite them from a surrounding ( to Missouri) state. We will still call Missouri to make sure they havn't changed their mind though.

    These types of warrants are usually for a non-violent misdemeanor.

    I have seen NCIC hits out of Georgia recently that were for TRAFFIC tickets. No extradition of course.
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    mcsap,
    I have personally located 2 fugitives for murder in other states that an un-named state will NOT extradite. I am tempted to call the local newspaper!
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    I know our DA will extradite from ANYWHERE for murder. That rules out PA ! I would be curious to know which state doesn't want their murderers back ?!!
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    On a similar note, is a Steagald warrant still used for arrest warrants when the... warrantee?... is at another residence than that mentioned on the original warrant?

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    So, if you guys are in a pursuit, and cross state lines - the state that the bad guy is currently in has to arrest or it depends on the state? Why don't we have uniform laws across the country? Wouldn't that make life a little less complicated?
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    I just saw on a documentary last night that some states, no I think it was cities - well anyway - have banned high speed pursuits, so if you are in pursuit and it goes into one of those areas that it is banned - you're just outta luck? My God this is confusing. The show was called "Captured" I think it was on MSNBC - btw they demonstrated some pretty nifty new gadgets to catch the bad guys. A robot shoots out from under the cop car and lodges under the fleeing car and emits a electrical charge to disrupt the car's electrical system and stops it immediately. I guess the problem is it could stop other cars too. Oh well. :rolleyes:
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