Attorney for Extradition to Utah for Criminal Charges
When a court has the authority to try a case, it is called having “jurisdiction.” If a person commits a crime in Utah, Utah’s courts have jurisdiction over the resulting criminal case. Even if the offender flees hundreds of miles to another state, he or she can be tracked down, retrieved, and returned to Utah to face trial – and punishment – in Utah’s courts. This process is known as “extradition.” If you have been extradited to Utah from another state to face felony or misdemeanor charges, or if you believe that you are in danger of imminent extradition, it is urgent that you contact a Utah criminal lawyer for help dealing with your arrest warrant.
Defense attorney Darwin Overson, founder of Overson Law, PLLC, has more than 16 years of experience representing defendants who have been extradited to Utah to face serious criminal charges, including violent felonies. Whether your case involves assault, theft, sex crimes, drug distribution, white collar crimes, homicide, or other types of criminal charges, count on Overson Law for an aggressive, strategy-driven legal defense. We are here to protect your constitutional rights while fighting for reduced penalties, an acquittal, or even the dismissal of your charges. Call right away at (801) 758-2287 to arrange a free consultation, or contact Overson Law online.
Do Arrest Warrants Follow You from State to State?
Modern technology has made it fast and easy for court systems and police departments across the U.S. to share information – including information about outstanding arrest warrants. If there is an active warrant for your arrest in Utah, a police officer in any state can potentially see the warrant and bring you into custody for extradition back to Utah. As the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Enforcement Bureau puts it, “The deputies assigned to the Warrant’s Unit demonstrate… ‘the long arm of the law’ by traveling throughout North America in the pursuit, arrest and extradition of wanted fugitives.”
Waiting for the warrant to expire is not in your best interests. Though the statute of limitations creates time limits for prosecuting certain crimes, it will not necessarily stop inactive or expired arrest warrants from being renewed. Since the clock can be reset on an arrest warrant in Utah, trying to “wait it out” in another state is not an effective strategy.
The better approach to an outstanding warrant is to contact an experienced defense lawyer in Utah, like Darwin Overson, who can provide you with clear, careful counsel regarding your rights and potential options. By acting swiftly, it may be possible to avoid or “waive” extradition and return to Utah voluntarily, which could be beneficial to the outcome of your case. From day one of your case, Darwin’s goals are to minimize the penalties you face, limit the amount of time you are held in custody, uphold your constitutional rights, and work toward a favorable outcome.
Can You Be Extradited to Utah for a Misdemeanor?
Extradition to Utah is more likely to occur if the outstanding warrant involves a felony offense, such as aggravated assault (Utah Code § 76-5-103), manslaughter (Utah Code § 76-5-205), murder (Utah Code § 76-5-203), rape (Utah Code § 76-5-402), sexual exploitation of a minor (Utah Code § 76-5b-201), robbery (Utah Code § 76-6-301), kidnapping (Utah Code § 76-5-301), human trafficking (Utah Code § 76-5-309), burglary (Utah Code § 76-6-202), or aggravated sexual assault (Utah Code § 76-5-405).
Though less common, it is also possible to be extradited to Utah for a misdemeanor, such as simple assault (Utah Code § 76-5-102), harassment (Utah Code § 76-5-106), reckless endangerment (Utah Code § 76-5-112), or criminal trespass (Utah Code § 76-6-206).
Regardless of the nature of the criminal charges involved, it is risky to gamble or assume that you will not be extradited from your current state to Utah. Instead, make sure you are well-prepared by discussing your situation with a Utah defense attorney for out-of-state arrest warrants, like Darwin Overson. No matter when or why the warrant was issued, we can help you navigate Utah’s justice system more safely, looking out for your legal rights while working to limit or avoid criminal penalties to the greatest extent possible.
Utah Extradition Lawyers in Salt Lake City
Time is of the essence when it comes to extradition proceedings. If there are outstanding warrants for your arrest in Utah, it is critical to get ahead of the situation now, before you are arrested and taken into custody. If you or your family member has already been placed under arrest, you need to contact an attorney immediately.
Do not wait to begin discussing your legal options with an extradition lawyer in Salt Lake City. Contact Overson Law, PLLC online to schedule a free consultation, or call our law offices at (801) 758-2287 to speak with an attorney about your Utah arrest warrant today. We are here 24/7 to provide assistance with interstate criminal matters, including misdemeanors and felonies.