Fugitive Warrant Law and Legal Definition

A fugitive is a person who has fled form a state or country where s/he has been prosecuted, in order to avoid arrest or punishment. An arrest warrant issued to a fugitive is a fugitive warrant. A fugitive warrant is an arrest warrant issued in one jurisdiction for a person who is wanted in another jurisdiction. Such a warrant authorizes law enforcement officials to take into custody a fugitive who has fled to another jurisdiction.

In the U.S., when a suspect has been arrested on a fugitive warrant, an extradition procedure is ordinarily required to return the person to the original state from where he has fled, to face charges or imprisonment.