Extradited sexual assault suspect entitled to criminal defense
For criminal suspects and their lawyers, developing a sound criminal defense strategy is not often an easy task. It becomes especially difficult when the person accused of the crime decides to leave the U.S. before standing trial.
A man accused of sexual assault in 2001 recently has been extradited from Mexico to the U.S. to face his charges. Police say the man had sexual contact with a 12-year-old female in Overland Park, Kansas, resulting in charges of aggravated criminal sodomy and rape of an individual less than 14 years of age.
A warrant for the man’s arrest was issued in 2001, but he was never taken into custody. According to police, the suspect left for Mexico following the incident. Now, 11 years later, he awaits trial in the Johnson County Jail.
This case has been so lengthy and time-consuming due to the complexities of extradition. Extradition is the process in which one country releases a criminal suspect to a differing country where a crime is alleged to have happened. Even though this agreement exists, however, the process of extradition requires the country requesting the transport to follow very specific guidelines that involve the completion of detailed paperwork.
In this case, the U.S. was able to provide the documentation required by Mexico’s government for the suspect’s extradition. Now that the man has been returned to the U.S., he is entitled to the same criminal rights as any U.S. resident, and that includes legal representation in the criminal justice system.
Sex crimes accusations are some of the most damaging for the accused. When facing such charges, it is critical to address them in a timely manner. Failing to do so can exasperate an already-sensitive situation. The first step in addressing such serious charges is retaining experienced legal counsel.