Out of State Offenders
Any criminal charge is a serious issue in Utah. You will not escape penalties for these charges by leaving Utah and returning to your home state. Deciding to head home after release from jail in Utah and then ignoring the charge is one of the worst decisions a visitor to the Beehive State can make. Even what appears to be a minor charge can and, most likely will, find a way to follow you home.
This includes some activities that are legal in nearby states, but not legal in Utah. For example, while possession of marijuana is no longer a violation of state law in neighboring Colorado and some western states, possession of even the smallest amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense under Utah state law.
Salt Lake City Out of State Offenders Lawyer
If you are charged with any kind of criminal offense in Utah, the best strategy is to hire an experienced local attorney to represent you. Darren Levitt of Levitt Legal, PLLC can help you avoid costly and bothersome court appearances in Utah, as well as work to secure the best possible outcome for your case in the greater Salt Lake City area. Out of state offender attorney Darren Levitt is experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of Utah criminal defense, and he helps several visitors from all over the country who are facing criminal charges in Utah.
Contact Levitt Legal, PLLC today at (801) 455-1743 for a free consultation to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options.
Utah Out of State Offenders Information Center
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Salt Lake County Warrants for Out of State Offenders
If you are arrested by police and charged with a criminal offense in Utah—even a seemingly minor offense—you may be under the mistaken impression that returning to your home state will place you out of reach of Utah authorities and render you immune from penalties. Nothing could be further from the truth. All out of state offenders arrested or otherwise charged with an offense in Utah are given court dates for which you are expected to appear, and failure to do so can result in warrants being issued for your arrest.
These arrest warrants will show up anywhere in the country if you are pulled over while driving or otherwise stopped by police. The police in your home state or anywhere in the country will run a check for warrants whenever you give your ID to a police officer, and the warrant from Utah will show up anywhere in the country. At this point, you will very likely be arrested on the spot.
These warrants are also likely to show up in background checks for jobs, loans, housing and other situations. You may be considered a “fugitive from justice.” In many cases, Utah prosecutors will attempt to extradite you back to Utah. This means that your local police will detain you, perhaps after a traffic stop, and you will have a hearing. If the judge rules against you in your case, you will be forcibly taken back to Utah where it is extremely likely that you will sit in jail without the possibility of bail. This could possibly be for longer than a year until your trial date arrives.
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Popular Visitor Locations in Utah
Locations in Salt Lake City Utah that attract large numbers of tourists are often heavily patrolled by police, and you may be arrested for even a minor infraction. Popular tourist attractions in the greater Salt Lake City area include:
- Ski resorts such as Alta, Brighton, Canyons Resort, Deer Valley, Park City, Snowbird, Solitude, and Sundance
- Great Salt Lake
- The Salt Lake Mormon Temple
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Common Charges Faced by Salt Lake City Visitors
Tourists and other out of state visitors can find themselves in trouble with the law in Utah because of basic unfamiliarity with state law, such as cases involving small amounts of marijuana. Other arrests may be the result of simple mistakes. The police may respond to a disturbance call or noise complaint and arrest the wrong person.
Some of the most common reasons that tourists and visitors are arrested in the Salt Lake City area include:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and other alcohol offenses
- Domestic violence
- Marijuana and other drug charges
- Assault and other violent Offenses
- Vandalism and other property crimes
- Obstructing justice
- Weapons and firearms charges
- Traffic offenses
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Utah Visitors with Prior Sex Offense Convictions
If you are traveling to Utah for a period of 10 days or more, you are required to register with the Utah government within 10 days of arrival if you have a prior conviction for any “sex offense.” Sex offenses includes convictions for crimes such as “voyeurism” and “lewdness.” If you are staying in Utah for an extended period, you need to re-register every six months. You are probably required to register if you have a conviction anywhere within the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, or New Zealand for any sex-related charge.
If you think you may have a prior conviction that qualifies as a “sex offense” and requires you to register with the state government, you should contact a knowledgeable attorney before you travel to Utah.
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Salt Lake County Out of State Offender Resources
Visit Salt Lake — This website has information about hotels, restaurants and things to do in Salt Lake City. You can also find planning tools and upcoming events.
90 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Visit Utah — You can find places to go and things to do in Utah on this website. There are also ways for you to plan your trip, including places to stay and travel guides.
300 North State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
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Find an Out of State Offenders Lawyer in Salt Lake City
After being arrested or charged with a crime or cited for an offense of any level in while visiting the ski resorts of Alta, Brighton, Canyons Resort, Deer Valley, Park City, Snowbird, Solitude, Sundance, or any other location in Northern Utah, you should contact an experienced out of state offender attorney. Call Levitt Legal, PLLC today to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case and possible defenses to help you obtain the best possible outcome.