If there are warrants, you can be picked up in Maryland. They will hold you until North Carolina decides if they will come and get you. You should contact an attorney in North Carolina to file a motion to recall the warrants and have the cases set for trial.
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Yes, they will extradite on misdemeanor theft charges out of NC. I've had clients extradited on those charges before. If you are stopped for anything, even a speeding ticket, there's a good chance you'll be arrested on the NC warrants, which are in a nationwide database. You will be held on the warrants while NC is notified. They will have 30 days to come get you, although they do not usually take anywhere near that long. Rather than have this hang over your head, I suggest you contact a NC lawyer in the county where this happened, and address the warrants.
Expungements are only effective as to State agencies. Federal agencies records are not expunged, and they will be checked, and the unexpunged information will likely be found. And when you get caught omitting it (considered LYING by the Clearance Agency) it causes the Agency to wonder what else you are lying about, and they delay/deny the clearance. If you admit it, and it matches their records, they will likely consider it minor and overlook it. On anecdotal information and good faith belief, I speculate as follows. Since long before 911, various federal alphabet agencies (NSA, CIA, DIA, FBI, Naval Intelligence, Army Intelligence, etc.) all collect data on an (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly? basis) from every Court in every state. There are less than 5,000 or so Courts, altogether nationwide, so it is not as hard a task as it may seem. And, it is done by automated computers, so only the first time takes any human time at all. A state Court expungement Order does not even mention those federal Agencies, and does not attempt to direct them to purge their records, and they do not do so. So, your information will clearly be found when the Federal Clearance Agency looks for it.
I practice law in Maryland, which has had very effective expungement laws for years, and Maryland is the home of the NSA, the second largest employer in Maryland. Thus, we often have to factor security clearances and the related questionnaires into the expungement process. We advise Clients as follows. When you are ready to expunge, physically go to the Courthouse, request your criminal file, and obtain what we call "True Test" copies of the charging documents, verdict sheet and any other key documents. Your state probably uses a different term, but it means obtain a copy of the key papers in the file with an official Court seal, and keep the copies someplace safe. When you answer the security clearance question say, "On June 17, 2005 when I was fifteen, I was charged in the ______________________, Court of __________ located at 1223 East Main Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21222, in Case Number __________________ . On _____________ 2005: the case was dismissed/stetted; I was found not guilty/ etc.
On ______________2015, the case was expunged from the Maryland State Court and City and County Police files, in accordance with the Maryland expungement laws in effect at that time. I attach hereto a True Test copy of the relevant Docket entries and disposition paperwork, as well as a copy of the Expungement Request I filed." As others lawyers may have observed in response to your question, the clearance agencies are less concerned about your long-ago transgressions than they are about lying. The Agencies know well that good leaders often stray a bit in their youth, and become fine seamen, petty officers, commissioned officers, special agents, spooks, technicians, dealers, pit bosses, and even, yes, janitors and maintenance workers in secret facilities, notwithstanding a bit of waywardness in their youth. If this information was helpful to you, even if you do not like or agree with the advice, please let me know by clicking on the “Helpful” or “Best Answer” button. Good luck!
This information is provided as general guidance only, not actual legal advice. I have not reviewed your paperwork, and unless this is a Maryland case, I am not licensed to practice law in your State. The fine points of your question are often found in the laws of your State. So, this response is not intended to be legal advice and you should not rely on this information to make decisions. I urge you instead to consult with a local attorney.
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