I live in the USA but this act was done in France. I got away with it but my brother saw me do it. If he decided to report this to the us or French authorities can I get in legal trouble ?
This is criminal and not immigration related, I have changed the category for you. Yes you can, and depending on the nature of the offense, there is no statute of limitation for certain crimes
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This is a tricky question. I will be honest, I have limited knowledge here.
However, I think that the U.S. would have to notify French authorities, who would then have to go through an extradition process to hail you into a French court.
However, to arrest you for this alleged crime, the local or federal authorities (Police, FBI, Whomever) would have to have enough evidence (probable cause) to justify your arrest and seizure.
I don't know that another individual just making a call would be enough.
Again, in full disclosure, I have limited knowledge here and would be interested in the other attorney's analysis here.
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If your brother were to notify the local police or even the FBI I doubt that they would do anything. First of all, since it happened in France US authorities have no legal jurisdiction to even question you, let alone investigate the crime. Secondly, even if your brother "knows", what proof does he have: did he witness it, did you confess to him, did he find video of it on your phone, etc. . The French authorities would have to be informed by your brother and then they will attempt to assemble enough evidence to believe that a criminal case can be brought. The French Government files a formal request to the United States to extradite you back to France to stand Trial. You have the legal right to fight this extradition request and force the French Government to prove that they have the right person and a sufficient case to proceed to trial. All of this will take months or years. Depending on the seriousness of the crime, it may not be worth it to them to seek your return. Can you be convicted? Since I do not know the standard of proof they have, or the Statue of Limitations (if any?), in France for whatever this crime may be, I cannot answer that question.
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