I spoke to my attorney from Georgia. Thankfully he is remarkably attentive, even after many years. He still remembered many of the details about my case. Who my judge was. The situation that brought upon the charges.
He essentially told me that the warrants will stay put unless I turn myself in. Once I turn myself in, I would be unlikely to get a bond. Especially considering I’ve been a fugitive of the state for over a decade. I could wait for months for a court date. Once my day in court comes, they could decide to sentence me however they see fit. They could drop the charges, give me probation, or sentence me to years in prison.
On the flip side, they are unlikely to extradite me to Georgia if I’m pulled over or arrested in any other state. Basically if I stay out of the state, I won’t go to jail. So, in one sense, nothing has changed. In another, my world feels like it’s gotten a lot smaller.
I’m unable to get a passport. Travel outside the country. I have family in Taiwan and Japan. My wife is a Mexican citizen. I have an international family. And yet, I’m forbidden to leave the country.
I tell myself that I haven’t left the United States in nearly fifteen years. It’s not like I have the ability to just up and go anywhere. But we have hopes and dreams. Travel the world. Visit family, some of which are getting older. Explore another side of life. Now, none of that is possible.
Unless I face my past. Face an unknown future. I’d have to step into a jail cell. Knowing that I might not leave for years.
Right now, it doesn’t make sense to turn myself in. After all, I’m on probation for four more years in Texas. It doesn’t do me any good to violate one state’s mandate to deal with the other.
I guess I have these four years to plan for that day. A lot can happen in four years. Who knows what my life will look like at that point. To be honest, it’s too daunting to think about.
And yet I know that God has a plan. I know if I give it to the Lord, He will work out his great purpose. He works in mysterious ways. I just have to trust Him.