fugitive from justice
n.
A person who flees to another state or hides after committing a crime, hoping to avoid arrest.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


fugitive from justice
A person convicted or accused of a crime who hides from law enforcement or flees the jurisdiction (perhaps across state lines) to avoid arrest or punishment.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


fugitive from justice
An individual who, after having committed a criminal offense, leaves the jurisdiction of the court where such crime has taken place or hides within such jurisdiction to escape prosecution.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


fugitive from justice
An individual who, after having committed a criminal offense, leaves the jurisdiction of the court where such crime has taken place or hides within such jurisdiction to escape prosecution.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

fugitive from justice
n.
   a person convicted or accused of a crime who hides from law enforcement in the state or flees across state lines to avoid arrest or punishment. Under Article IV, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, Governors are required to "deliver up" and return any fugitives from justice to the state where they allegedly committed the crime, a process called extradition.
   See also: extradition

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Fugitive from justice — Fugitive Fu gi*tive, n. 1. One who flees from pursuit, danger, restraint, service, duty, etc.; a deserter; as, a fugitive from justice. [1913 Webster] 2. Something hard to be caught or detained. [1913 Webster] Or Catch that airy fugitive called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fugitive from justice — noun someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice • Syn: ↑fugitive • Hypernyms: ↑criminal, ↑felon, ↑crook, ↑outlaw, ↑malefactor • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • fugitive from justice — A person who commits a crime and then withdraws himself from the jurisdiction, whether or not such jurisdiction is his home state. 31 Am J2d Extrad § 15. A person who, having committed a crime, is absent from the state when he is sought to answer …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • fugitive from justice — A person who, having committed a crime, flees from jurisdiction of court where crime was committed or departs from his usual place of abode and conceals himself within the district. A person who, having committed or been charged with crime in one …   Black's law dictionary

  • fugitive from justice — A person who, having committed a crime, flees from jurisdiction of court where crime was committed or departs from his usual place of abode and conceals himself within the district. A person who, having committed or been charged with crime in one …   Black's law dictionary

  • fugitive from justice warrant — n: fugitive warrant at warrant Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • fleeing from justice — Departing a place with the intention of avoiding prosecution for a crime, whether or not a prosecution has been commenced or is pending. Streep v. United States, 160 US 128, 40 L Ed 365, 16 S Ct 244. See flight; fugitive from justice …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • flee from justice — Removing one s self from or secreting one s self within jurisdiction wherein offense was committed to avoid arrest; or leaving one s home, residence, or known place of abode, or concealing one s self therein, with intent, in either case, to avoid …   Black's law dictionary

  • flee from justice — Removing one s self from or secreting one s self within jurisdiction wherein offense was committed to avoid arrest; or leaving one s home, residence, or known place of abode, or concealing one s self therein, with intent, in either case, to avoid …   Black's law dictionary

  • justice — jus·tice / jəs təs/ n [Old French, from Latin justitia, from justus just] 1 a: the quality of being just, impartial, or fair it is not the province of the court to decide upon the justice or injustice...of these laws Scott v. Sanford, 60 U.S. 393 …   Law dictionary

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