Nicholas Burnett Clark and Amanda Hendley are headed back to North Carolina after they were apprehended in Myrtle Beach. The couple stands accused of killing their two year-old-daughter and fleeing to South Carolina to escape justice. While an arrest warrant had been issued for the two in March of 2012 when the child died, police had trouble finding them until now.
Clark and Hendley most likely knew that an arrest warrant was outstanding for them, but in many other cases people may not realize that they have an outstanding warrant. Often, warrants can be issued for relatively minor issues such as reckless driving charges without the person involved realizing it. This can happen if you are traveling through North Carolina and get ticketed and you fail to appear in court. Simple worthless check cases which were an honest mistake can lead to arrest warrants being issued.
Some people don’t realize that an arrest warrant has been issued against them until they apply to renew a passport. The United States government always checks to see if people who apply for a passport have outstanding warrants. This is meant to prevent people who are wanted for a crime from fleeing the country.
If you or a loved one recently learned that an outstanding arrest warrant has been issued against you in the state of North Carolina, it is important contact a competent criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can often help you to get the arrest warrant dealt with without the need to come back to the state, especially if it is for a relatively minor infraction such as a traffic violation.