On the matter of the issuance of arrest warrants, the Utah Code 77-7-5 states that upon the finding of probable cause, the magistrate who is presiding over the pre-warrant hearing may issue an active warrant against the accused named in the complaint. The law further goes on to explain the time of serving such orders which are given as:
Utah Code 77-7-4 mentions that a magistrate may even orally order the arrest of any person who is committing or has already commissioned a public offense. In case of an emergency where there is a risk that the accused may flee the county if not apprehended, the magistrate can authorize the arrest of this person verbally if probable cause has already been found.
As far as bench warrants go, these can be released without the need for an accusatory instrument. However, search warrants are always based on the establishment of probable cause as these, like orders for arrests, stand to violate the Fourth Amendment
UT Code 77-7-6 explains the method that can be used for apprehending an accused once a warrant has been issued in his name. When arresting the alleged offender, the person making the arrest shall identify himself and inform the arrestee of his intention, authority and cause for arrest.
However, such notice will not be required if there is reason for the arresting officer to believe that doing so will endanger the life of the agent or another person. Also, there is no reason to offer such notice when the accused is apprehended while he is engaged in the criminal act or if he is being pursued immediately after commissioning the offense.
If the person to be arrested is hearing impaired and if such an individual is to be detained for the violation of any criminal offense, it is the responsibility of the arresting officer to assess the communicative abilities of the accused and then offer such notification by means which will be comprehensible to the alleged offender.
Utah Code 77-7-7 further mentions that force can be used in arresting a person under a warrant or otherwise if he is resisting arrest or flees after being taken into custody or after commissioning the criminal act. The person arresting an accused may use reasonable force under the provisions of this law while deadly force may be used as provided in Utah Code 76-2-404.
Utah is a closed records state which means that there are very few options available to civilians when it comes to looking for crime history information. These include:
It is, however, possible to get a personal background report from the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification. In order to get your search underway, you will need to send the documents and fees mentioned below to the Bureau of Criminal Identification, 3888 West 5400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84118.
It is possible to initiate a UT warrant search in the name of a third party if you are an employer working with vulnerable adults, children, in national security, fiduciary funds or a statutory authority. To find information on potential employees, you will need to get a third party release form signed from them.