Extradition and International Law
Extradition involves the arrest of an accused person suspected of committing a crime in another country. The arresting country holds an extradition hearing to determine whether or not there are legal grounds to extradite the arrested individual. Treaties between different countries determine how and when a person may be extradited. Each treaty specifies which crimes are extraditable and normally discusses legal issues including statute of limitations for the commission of the alleged crime.
Many countries will not allow their citizens to be extradited to the United States. Specifically, when a person is facing the death penalty. On the other hand, the United States government routinely extradites individuals accused of crimes in countries around the world. Because the United States has extradition treaties with many nations, it is important to find legal counsel that is familiar with these treaties, with extradition law, and with defense strategies to avoid extradition.
Mr. Seitles has represented individuals facing extradition to other countries and fought vigorously to ensure his clients did not end up in foreign jails. His creative legal arguments recently resulted in the release of his client facing a multi-million dollar bankruptcy fraud charge in Panama.
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