The Felony Fugitive Division handles the extradition matters of persons arrested countywide who are wanted in other states. A Felony Fugitive warrant is filed with the court. The person is arraigned on the charge of being a fugitive from justice, and either agrees to be extradited back to the demanding state, or they can refuse to waive extradition. If they refuse, the Sheriff’s Felony Fugitive Division then notifies the demanding state to begin the process of obtaining a Governor’s warrant. If this occurs then both states Governor’s Offices are involved in the issuance and approval of a Governor’s warrant upon receipt of proper documents from both states. The person usually remains in custody during this process.
The Felony Fugitive Division is also responsible for locating and returning fugitives who have fled Santa Barbara County to other states. This entails communication and coordination with many jurisdictions and outside agencies to ensure the return of prisoners back to Santa Barbara County to stand trial for their offenses.
Phone Number: 805-681-4191
Fax Number: 805-681-5346
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Felony Fugitive Extraditions
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
4434 Calle Real Santa Barbara, CA 93110