My friend has an outstanding arrest warrant (in a CA county) for failure to appear on a misdemeanor violation of probation (violation was failure to complete work release). He informed the court that he was out of the state and unable to appear at the time but they issued an arrest warrant anyway (he is fairly certain it is not just a bench warrant). His name is on the county's online arrest warrant public database. If he flies into the state (CA), not into the county with the warrant, is it possible he could be arrested upon arrival (just from his identity provided for the plane tickets)?
It is likely that he will be arrested once he enters the state. Interstate service of arrest warrants is common. The question is whether the airport he is flying into routinely checks the flight lists for open warrants.
If so, it is hard to say how long it will take the county that wants him to actually take custody of him. It is possible that he could be waiting for transport, and not be given any credit for those days.
It is always better to contact a lawyer in your area who is familiar with the local ordinances, prosecutors, and judges to determine what the best course of action would be. This answer is meant only to provide some general information, and should not be construed as legal advice on how to handle your particular situation. There are many other factors that a trained lawyer should review before advising you of your rights, and the potential consequences of any action.
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