Dane County Deputy District Attorney Timothy Verhoff said the extradition process is governed by statute and an interstate compact.
According to Verhoff
, extradition, which can only be used for felony matters, works like this:
A person commits a felony in Wisconsin and flees justice to another state.The county handling the crime charges the person and issues a warrant for his
arrest.If the suspect is found in a foreign state, the county determines whether or not to extradite him or her
to Wisconsin for criminal proceedings.
In Dane County
said the decision to extradite depends on a number of key factors including the gravity or seriousness of the offense, the strength of the case, and the cost of extradition. ?We look at it from all sorts of sides,? said Verhoff
If the county decides to extradite, the suspect can either waive the formal requirements of extradition, which Verhoff
said frequently happens, or request formal proceedings.