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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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