Why are lawyers afraid of suspects fleeing the country?

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Can’t the passports be frozen?

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They can still flee the city, county, or state they’re in. Also, there are ways of getting into and out of countries without passports.

Many countries don’t check your passport on the way *out*, it’s when you try to enter a new country that your passport gets checked. And international cooperation on crimes and travel is notoriously spotty…if you’re fleeing, you’re going to flee to a country that *doesn’t* cooperate well with the country you’re in trouble in, so they’re not very likely to care.

It depends a bit on the suspect. A Colombian drug dealer got connections and money to leave the country regardless (and therefore seldom get bail). Your garden variety shoplifter not so much.