Voluntary surrender VS. Extradition

Extradition is a formal process between two countries in which a wanted person is transferred from one country to the other for the purpose of facing criminal prosecution and sentencing. As such transfers are managed jointly between the countries, the process is complicated and is regulated and governed by treaty.

In cases where the U.S. Government wishes to extradite a person, a very specific and formal procedure must be followed, which can result in an extremely slow process. Individuals wanted by the authorities, and subject to extradition or incarceration while extradition is pending, at times prefer to opt for voluntary surrender and the benefits that accompany it.   

When a person wanted by the American government is facing likely capture and extradition it is possible to organize a negotiated surrender through a lawyer. Prior to capture, a wanted person has substantial leverage due to the time, effort and money that the extradition process represents for the U.S. Government. This opportunity to influence the process can be use to negotiate a global solution for the case.  

When subject to extradition, it is of interest to deal with the inevitable on terms that one can control and benefit from. Waiting without taking action will serve to lose a valuable opportunity and even worsen the situation in the case of capture or arrest.

As a criminal defense lawyer, Jay A. White represents clients in extradition cases.