It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the customs of the country you are visiting.  For example, in Singapore, it’s illegal to spit on the street.  In many Islamic countries, alcohol is illegal. By familiarizing yourself with laws in the country you are going to visit, you can avoid legal trouble. One area you should definitely research is substance use in the country you are going to visit; the penalties could vary significantly. Many countries have different drinking ages.  

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If you commit a serious crime overseas, there is a high probability that you will be extradited. Extradition is the process in which one nation or state surrenders a suspected criminal to another nation or state. Extradition is regulated by treaties. The United States has extradition treaties with over 100 nations. A state does not have any obligation to surrender someone to another country because of their legal right to protect anything within their own borders. However, that country’s legal officials may dictate that you be extradited to the United States. If not, you will be subject to the punishment of that country’s government.  

There are prison treaties that allow the U.S. government to send a citizen back home to serve their sentence.  The sentence will be reevaluated by the U.S. government.  

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