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Convicted Sex Offender with Outstanding Warrants Flees Traffic Stop

24-Apr-2015

When a person has an outstanding warrant, he or she may be arrested at any time. Sometimes this happens at home or at work, but often, an arrest for a bench warrant or other outstanding warrant takes place during an otherwise routine traffic stop.

In Cleveland County, sheriff's deputies say a man they pulled over in a traffic stop gave them a false name before speeding away. Deputies followed, but the driver parked the vehicle behind a home and he and a passenger fled on foot. Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies searched for the man and found his passenger, but as of this writing, he has not been apprehended.

The driver was identified as Daniel Richard Fletcher, 33, a convicted sex offender with outstanding warrants for failure to register as a sex offender.

Fletcher was convicted of first degree rape in 2003 and given a seven year sentence with all but six months suspended and credit for time served. A first degree rape conviction requires lifetime sex offender registration, and court records show that the man has not been complying. 

  • In 2005, he was charged with failing to register as a sex offender in Cleveland County. He was convicted in 2008.
  • In 2014, he was charged with failure to register as a sex offender in Canadian County. Earlier this month, a judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

It is also not the first time he allegedly attempted to avoid arrest and elude police:

  • In 2000, he was charged with false personation, no license or insurance, and defective headlights. The traffic offenses were dismissed and he was convicted of false personation in 2008.
  • In 2004, he was charged with assault and battery on a law officer, attempting to escape from arrest, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. In 2008, he was convicted of assaulting a police officer and attempting to escape arrest, and he received a deferred sentence for the drug crimes.

After the most recent incident, he was charged again with failure to register as a sex offender.  

Sex offender registration is perhaps the most difficult part of conviction of a sex crime, but compliance is important, especially because failure to register is a felony which can lead to additional prison time. An attempt to elude police is also a mistake for those with outstanding warrants, because it only complicates the situation by adding additional criminal charges.

If you believe or know there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, it is important to contact an attorney to determine the best way to handle the situation. In some cases, the lawyer may be able to get the warrant dismissed without your having to appear. Typically, though, this means taking a proactive approach in turning yourself in to authorities, rather than living in fear of a spontaneous arrest in a traffic stop or the embarrassment of being arrested in front of your family, friends, or co-workers. Surrendering yourself does not necessarily mean you will go jail. A lawyer and bail bondsman, if necessary, can help you get bonded "out of jail" before ever being incarcerated. By proactively handling a warrant, you can save yourself time, inconvenience, embarrassment, fear, and the addition of more criminal charges.

Warrants don't just go away. Call to find out how we can help.



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