September 10, 2019 0 Comments Ocean Beach Bulletin

Can the Law Follow You If You Move?

Everybody makes mistakes. In some cases, these mistakes end up being illegal. And at that point, you might want to move away from your troubles. But there is a question that comes from that. Can you leave your problems behind legally? In other words, can the law follow you if you move? The answer to this question has several parts.

You have to think about several things. First, there is the matter of interstate travel. Second, if you are involved in a divorce, moving away may or may not help you. And especially these days, gun laws are different from district to district and state to state, so the consequences of you running afoul of weapons regulations may or may not follow you to a new location. 

The most important thing to understand is that your knowledge of the details can make a big difference in an eventual court settlement.

Interstate Travel

If you are traveling between states, how much of your legal history follows you? The answer is that it depends. Sometimes, through various loopholes, if you get in trouble in one state for something, the next state over won’t have the same laws in place, and they also don’t have anything like an extradition clause in their legislative body. 

It is one of the reasons that people run from legal troubles. In some instances, this is the smartest logistical thing to do. A criminal is always a criminal, but in different states, that criminality means different things.

Divorce Settlements

After you’ve decided to get a divorce, location can play a big part in what follows. As an example, in some cases of divorce where child custody is important, you are not legally allowed to leave the state. It’s important to talk to a good divorce attorney during the process of separation so that you know the consequences of any of these clauses in the eventual divorce contract.

Gun Laws

Especially these days, gun laws are under the microscope. Many people cross state lines or go to different communities to purchase or sell guns. But when you go back to where you’re from, where does this legality stand? The answer is very fuzzy. 

Also, there are plenty of gun sales online, and you can get in trouble in one location for this online behavior but not in another. Again, it’s up to you to research what is legal and what is not, and then you have to make an adult decision regarding physical movement after an action or purchase. In most cases, ignorance is not a good defense if you end up going to court because of something that you did or something that you bought.