The rules for the issue of a UT arrest warrant have been laid down in Title 77, Chapter7-5 of the State Code of Criminal Procedure. Pursuant to this legal clause, arrest warrants can only be issued by a magistrate authorized to hear criminal matters upon the determination of probable cause. So, in order to facilitate the process of warrant issuance, the law enforcement agency that investigated the criminal matter has to place all information pertaining to it before the bench.
For the purpose of releasing an arrest warrant, probable cause has been defined as the evidence which would be enough for any person of reasonable mind to link the alleged suspect with the offense in question. A determination pertaining to this can be made through the use of the police affidavit which is a written account of what transpired and the proof gathered or on the basis of witness testimony which too has to be put down in black and white and offered under oath.
The contents of a warrant
Apart from carrying an explicit command to arrest the accused, the magistrate will also specifically mention the name of the law enforcement agency that is in charge of making arrests for the crime committed in the warrant. The name of the police officers towards whom the warrant is directed will also be stated on the order. However, it should be understood here that, arrest warrant can be served by any law enforcement agent. Also, when the crime in question is a felony, the directive can be served in any part of the state or the country to that matter.
The validity of active warrants from UT
Outstanding warrants remain valid for as long as the culprit is on the run. In other words, these directives do not lapse and they are only returned to the issuing authority after arrests have been made under their provisions. Also, these decrees are rarely recalled. In fact, unless it can be proven in the court of law that the police do not have sound evidence to pin the blame for the criminal transgression on the offender, there is no other reason why the warrant would be put out of effect.
No amount of trivial errors can impact the authority of this order unless it is found that the information submitted for the procurement of the warrant does not hold true anymore or if it is discovered that the execution of the warrant or the errors made in it will infringe on the constitutional rights of the person in question. When an active warrant is issued in UT, it can be
- Served at any time of the day or night if it is linked to felonies
- Only served during day time that is between 6 am to 10 pm if it was issued in connection with a misdemeanor
- Executed beyond this time limit if the perpetrator is found in a public place or if a police officer chances upon him during the routine investigation of another crime not linked to the offense against which the warrant has been issued
- Served at any time even if it is a misdemeanor warrant if the magistrate has authorized the officers in writing to do so
How can you find details on UT outstanding warrants?
Some of the police stations in the state offer a detailed list of the most wanted criminals accused of committing serious offenses in their geographical jurisdiction. Although you will not be able to find information on UT arrest records from these online lists, they are a reliable source of data on pending active warrants.
- DOC: https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=813&Itemid=107
- DEA: https://www.dea.gov/fugitives
- Utah statewide warrant search: https://secure.utah.gov/warrants/index.html;jsessionid=9db18c0b55ec7093c225c6494e4a
- City of Layton: https://www.laytoncity.org/LC/Police/wanted
- Summit County: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten
- Utah County: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten
- City of Ogden: https://www.ogdencity.com/278/Most-Wanted