Just curious how local misdemeanor warrants work in NY state.
I'm not going to go into details, but about three years ago I was lured to upstate New York from out of state for questioning by some small-time cops with extra time on their hands, and ended up being charged with "False Person" for allegedly lying about my name and date of birth to them. After questioning me for seven hours and everything coming back clean, and them realizing no crime had been committed, they could have just let me go, but they were mad and desperate to find a charge to justify all the time they spent investigating me. So I was cited for False Person and released on my own recognizance. They said I would probably just get fined if found guilty.
At that time, I was living out of state in a neighbor state and I failed to appear for the arraignment at the justice court a month later. A warrant for my arrest was issued, but was unenforceable and unextraditable out-of-state since it was a misdemeanor warrant, which are not listed in NCIC (the national crime and warrant database maintained by the FBI). Only felony warrants and violent misdemeanors warrants are listed and extraditable out-of-state. I've been stopped a number of times out-of-state by cops who ran me, and no warrants came back, and I'm certain they checked NCIC and not just their local/state database.
Six months later I moved across the country to the west coast to be closer to my family and to deal with my mother who had cancer. I have been living happily there since. I have no intention of settling this NY charge as It is not worth my time, and being on a meager disability income and food stamps, I do not have the funds to do so anyway (hiring a lawyer is expensive, as is traveling back and forth to NY from across country). I do not have family or any connection or ties to NY, so as long as I stay out of NY, I am golden. The cops in NY don't seem to care either as long as I stay out of NY and they are not pursuing me, nor are bounty hunters.
My question is if I should ever end up traveling through NY state by car to get to New England, say in four to five years from now (driving is cheaper than flying), how much "reach" does this warrant probably have? Is it just for that town or county? Or the surrounding counties too? Or the entire state? For example, if the warrant were out of the Buffalo area, if I were stopped in Long Island, does this mean I would get hauled back to Buffalo for such a minor charge, especially given all the expense and overnight trip this would entail for the cops?
I've had local county traffic warrants in the past from Pennsylvania, and when stopped out of county there in a border county, those counties where the warrants were from were not willing to transport me back, even though it was only one hour away, so they just told the cops to let me go. So effectively, the warrants were non-extraditable out-of-county, even though they were listed in the statewide database for PA. Basically, the warrants will show up anywhere in-state whenever you get stopped and run, but it is up to the originating county Sheriff's Department to decide whether they want to come and get you. PA is a big state with understaffed Sheriff's Departments, and the counties can be big, geographically. Does something similar apply in NY??