There are a number of things one has to get adjusted to when they are away from home. Whether it be for vacation or work, there is some vulnerability that comes with being away and if for any reason you have a run-in with the law, things can be a lot more complicated when it comes to dealing with everything that comes with an arrest. Here are the main things to note.
The severity of the charges can be a huge factor in if you need to return
When an arrest happens, a less charge is always optimal but when it comes to being arrested when from another state, it could potentially cost a lot of additional time and money. This is because in many states a defendant may be able to hire a lawyer to represent them as a proxy. This means that the defendant would not necessarily need to travel back to be in court in person but this is only an option if the charges are misdemeanors. If the charges are felony level, then the defendant must appear in person which means additional cost for travel and lodging while being present for arraignment.
Different jurisdictions, different rules
Different states abide by different rules so it’s important to know if certain things are legal or not in the place you are visiting. This doesn’t mean that one has to know the entire code but for example, if you come from a state where cannabis is legal and stay in a state where it is not, then you run the risk of arrest despite it being fine in your home state. This can complicate matters as well because different jurisdiction court systems operate differently but many courts will take into account that you come from a different jurisdiction and it could actually make it more difficult in terms of a bond because there is a higher chance of not returning to court.
Leaving the state will not make the problems go away
If someone felt like they could simply go home and avoid the state where they got arrested for the charges to go away, they would be sadly mistaken. Although each jurisdiction is different, they still work together which means if you live in Wyoming and got arrested in Florida, the law enforcement in Florida could request help from the law enforcement in Florida and have a warrant put out in the home state so that they can be sent back to Wyoming to face the court and additional charges.
To conclude, arrests are always complicated but getting arrested when away from home can cause further headaches and difficulties that anybody will want to avoid.