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Is a failure to appear on a bench warrant for back child support a felony in PA, if so what class is it?

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If someone is a fugitive from justice with the charge of failure to appear on a bench warrant having to do with back child support, is this considered a felony in PA, and will they extradite an inmate being held in New York State for this? If so, what is the potential jail time with no prior felonies ?

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It is not a criminal violation at all. It simply what it says it is. A warrant issued by the judge before whom he was supposed to appear to address failure to comply with a support order. Extradition on such a warrant seems very unlikely, but support orders can and will be enforced by other states so he could end up in jail in NY for the same thing.

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Mr. Jones has it right. The defendant should retain an attorney to resolve the underlying support matter as it will continue to haunt him.

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I agree. It is not a criminal violation. I also don't think extradition will occur. The potential is still for some jail time but not likely.

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