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What Does It Mean to Be A Fugitive From Justice ?

Maryland law defines a fugitive as someone for whom a felony arrest warrant has been issued. That may be a slightly different definition than the one utilized on some TV shows. Baltimore criminal defense lawyers have defended those accused of “harboring” a fugitive.

The law defines “harboring” as hiding, housing, or giving aid to a fugitive, or preventing that individuals capture.

Maryland law provides that in order to be so prosecuted, an individual must know the person involved is in fact a “fugitive” and that aiding them in avoiding arrest is a crime. Interestingly, however, if the fugitive is avoiding a prosecution, or sentence, there is no requirement the individual know that giving aid is a crime.

A "Fugitive from Justice"  is one who is charged in that state "with treason, felony, or other crime, who has fled from justice [in that other state]  and is found in this State." See, generally, 9-102 of the Criminal Procedure Article. 

     -This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 3/13/12. 

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Eric T Kirk

After graduating with honors from Albany Law School in New York, Eric Kirk has spent most of his 25 year legal career battling insurance companies to secure fair and just compensation for his clients in Maryland, New York, and Florida.