Attorney Brandan J. Davies
By Brandan Davies Jan. 10, 2023

Extradition is the process of transferring a criminal suspect or defendant from one jurisdiction to another, typically from one state to another or from a foreign country to the United States. The purpose of extradition is to ensure that individuals who are accused of crimes face justice in the jurisdiction where the crimes were allegedly committed.

The extradition process begins when one jurisdiction (the "demanding" jurisdiction) issues a request to another jurisdiction (the "asylum" jurisdiction) for the surrender of an individual who is accused or convicted of a crime. This request is typically made through a formal extradition treaty or agreement between the two jurisdictions.

If the individual in question is located in the asylum jurisdiction, they will typically be taken into custody by local law enforcement and held until the extradition process is complete. The individual has the right to contest the extradition request and may be entitled to a hearing before a judge to determine whether they should be surrendered to the demanding jurisdiction.

If the individual consents to extradition or if a judge orders their extradition, the process of transferring the individual to the demanding jurisdiction begins. This may involve the individual being transported by air or ground, depending on the distance between the two jurisdictions and the availability of transportation.

During the extradition process, the individual will typically be accompanied by law enforcement officers from the asylum jurisdiction. These officers are responsible for ensuring the individual's safety and security during the transfer and for delivering the individual to the proper authorities in the demanding jurisdiction.

The process of extradition can be complex and time-consuming, and it may take weeks or even months for an individual to be transferred from one jurisdiction to another. The length of the process can depend on a variety of factors, including the distance between the two jurisdictions, the complexity of the legal issues involved, and the availability of transportation.

If the individual being extradited is being transferred from a foreign country to the United States, the process may be even more complicated. Extradition from a foreign country can involve diplomatic negotiations and may be subject to the laws and procedures of both the United States and the foreign country.

Overall, the process of extradition can be stressful and emotionally challenging for the individual being transferred, as well as for their loved ones. It is important for individuals facing extradition to seek the advice of a qualified attorney who can explain their legal rights and options and provide representation during the extradition process.