Defendant Robin Hall had been reportedly traveling with her husband and children when a routine passenger warrant search alerted authorities she was wanted in Orange County, FL. The matter relates to her failing to pay $85 in court fees when she was prosecuted in 1991 for shoplifting a pack of cigarettes.
Despite her having been arrested in Brevard County jailers have informed her she is not currently permitted bail. She will first need to be transported to Orange County in order for her case to be heard. Authorities say defendant Hall has been in jail for seven days and is not expected to be transferred to the Orange County Jail until later this week.
Although she admits she is in the wrong Hall said she does not believe the current punishment fits the crime. Since her 1991 arrest Hall went on to earn an advanced degree in architecture and currently works as a jet engine designer for a Connecticut aerospace manufacturer.
Most people are unaware that arrest warrants do not expire regardless of the state they were issued in. They remain in place until the person either surrenders themselves into custody or is arrested by a member of law enforcement. Warrant searches are often conducted on airline passengers who are traveling internationally, during routine traffic stops, when crossing international borders, on cruise ships at ports of entry and during routine traffic stops.
If you believe you may have an outstanding arrest warrant you will want to contact the county clerk in the county you believe it was issued in. Further details can be obtained from the courthouse at which it was issued. If the warrant has a pre-set bail amount you might consider contacting an expert bondsman before you turn yourself in. They will help you understand what to expect when you’re arrested and can help ensure you are able to get out of jail as fast as possible.