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Warrant in Utah

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Warrant in Utah

What is a warrant for arrest?

A warrant is something that the judge signs in order to allow a police officer to arrest you and hold you in jail until you appear in court. A warrant in Utah can be issued for various monetary amounts and is dependent on how serious the charge is. Warrant in Utah. What do I do if there is a warrant for my arrest?

How do I know if there is a warrant for my arrest?

If you suspect that you may have a warrant for your arrests, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can. An attorney can look up the warrant and can tell you what it is for. 

Can I handle a warrant myself?

Generally, when you contact an attorney for a consultation, they can tell you whether or not you can handle the warrant yourself. If it is something minor, like a traffic ticket, you may be able to contact the court to set a date to see the judge to get it taken care of. 

If your case is more serious, it is generally recommended that you hire an attorney to help you get the warrant taken care of. An attorney can help you to get the warrant recalled and may be able to arrange a time to appear in court to take care of the warrant. 

Can I travel when I have a warrant out for my arrest?

Technically, yes. However, it is generally not advisable to take any unnecessary risks by traveling by air. Additionally, you should drive very carefully in order to avoid traffic tickets while the warrant is active. 

What is an “active warrant”?

An active warrant is a warrant that has been issued by the judge. A warrant will remain active until the subject of the warrant is arrested and booked into jail or a judge recalls it.

To read more about Utah’s warrants, click here.

To find more advice on what to do about a possible warrant for your arrest, click here.

Sex Crimes Lawyer in Utah

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Sex Crimes Attorney at Intermountain Legal

Intermountain Legal offers legal representation for those who have been accused of sex crimes. Our attorneys understand the sensitive nature of these types of cases and possess the discretionary skills needed to handle them effectively. Intermountain Legal’s sex crimes attorneys handle both violent and non-violent sex crimes including:

  • Rape
  • Statutory rape
  • Sexual battery
  • Sexual abuse of a child
  • Bigamy
  • Incest
  • Child pornography
  • Soliciting a minor
  • Lewd conduct
  • Voyeurism
  • Internet Sex Crimes
  • Juvenile sex offenses

Sentencing for Sex Crimes and Sex Offender Registration

Utah uses something called an “intermediate sentencing system” meaning that a judge and the Board of Pardons and Parole has some discretion in determining a defendant’s release date and sentencing requirements. The caveat is that some sex crimes carry mandatory sentencing requirements in which a defendant who is convicted of a certain crime, such as sexual assault, is required to spend a specific amount of time in prison.

Hiring a defense attorney that specializes in defending those who have been charged with sex crimes is generally worth the time and effort since defendants who are convicted generally continue to feel the effects of of conviction long after the case is over.

Call or text Intermountain Legal at 801-990-4200 for a free consultation.

What IS a Plea In Abeyance in Utah?

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A Plea in Abeyance (or PIA) is an agreement between the defendant and the prosecutor in a criminal case. It involves the defendant and prosecutor agreeing to specific terms that the defendant will complete in order to prevent the charges from going on their criminal record.

Once, the defendant and prosecutor have come up with an agreement, the judge holds the agreement in place until all the agreed upon terms are completed.

Typical PIA terms may include:Plea in Abeyance in courtroom showing judge box with gavel.

  • – Paying a fine
  • – Completing some kind of community service
  • – Taking classes relevant to your charges
  • – Completing an evaluation and/or a treatment relevant to your charges

A Plea in Abeyance’s terms is usually a combination of the two or three terms listed above. However, it is rarely just one of the terms.

The pleas for any given charge will also vary person-to-person and county-to-county. An  PIA agreement for  someone in one county may differ from the agreement given to someone in another county. However, many PIAs are held for at least 6 to 12 months.

 

Is a PIA a conviction?

 

No. A PIA does not go on your record like a flat-out guilty plea does. It allows the judge to dismiss your charges once you’ve completed your end of the agreement.

Getting a Plea in Abeyance is similar to getting a speeding ticket and then going to traffic school in order to keep the ticket from going on your driving record.

 

Can I expunge a PIA?

 

Yes. Read our information about expungements here.

Click here, to read the official definition of a Plea in Abeyance in Utah.

This kind of plea deal is one of the most ideal outcomes other than a case dismissal. Hiring an attorney is the best way to go if you want to get a deal like a Plea in Abeyance.

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