By law, the state of Utah is required to provide the general public access to criminal and arrest records. Utah keeps a central repository of criminal information updated daily. Anyone can make a request through the mail or in person, and they will need to pay a $15 fee for a state-level criminal report and $18 for a federal one. When requesting either a state-level, or national report the requestor must have fingerprints. Depending on how they obtain them there may be a waiting period. They may also need a consent form as well.
Yes. Utah allows public access to criminal and arrests records on a per-request basis. They keep a master database with all records garnered from law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Private citizens have the legal right to request copies of anyone’s arrest records or criminal history report. They must pay a fee however and provide fingerprints. In some cases, they will also need to get the person’s consent.
|Black or African American||13%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||2%|
|Offenders w/ reported race||3,562|
|Black or African American||5%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||2%|
|Victims w/ reported race||3,765|
A Utah arrest report will contain some basic details like the name of the person, the date of the arrest, the charges they were accused of, fingerprints and booking numbers. Also included will be mug shots taken at the time of arrest, other details about the crime along with the arresting officer’s name and badge number and arresting agency. The report will also contain general information like date of birth, address, phone, height, weight, gender, race and physical description. It may also include bail, bond, pleas or any other fines paid.
The crime rate has increased over the past decade in Utah, going from 4,269 crimes in 2006 to 5,624 by 1% higher than it was back in 2006. The largest percentage of violent crimes falls into the Aggravated Assault category, with Revised Rape being the least popular crime in the state.
Utah peace officers can legally arrest someone with a warrant. They can also arrest someone when a public offense is committed in their presence. They may also arrest someone when a felony has been committed, and they have reasonable cause to believe that the suspect committed it. When a peace officer believes that someone committed an offense and they are concerned that they may flee the jurisdiction, destroy evidence or be a danger to themselves or other people. Utah also allows peace officers to arrest someone for driving drunk, stealing goods or committing library theft.
Any Utah peace officer can legally arrest someone in the state. Peace officer as defined by the state of Utah include “any sheriff or deputy sheriff, chief of police, police officer, or marshal of any county, city, or town; any police officer employed by any college or university; investigators for the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division; investigators for the Department of Insurance, Fraud Division; special agents or investigators employed by the attorney general, district attorneys, and county attorneys; and employees of the Department of Natural Resources designated as peace officers by law.”
Many arrest and criminal records will stay on a criminal record forever. Capital and serious offenses cannot be removed. However, lesser crimes can be expunged and sealed from public view. After the offender completes his or her sentencing, they must still wait 10, 7, 5, 4, or 3 years before they can apply for expungement. Utah’s expungement law can be complicated, and if they have too many infractions on their record, they may have trouble getting any of them expunged also.
Yes. Utah does allow expungement/sealing of arrests and criminal records however the laws are complicated, and offenders must comply with a long list of requirements first. There are different waiting periods after someone completes his or her sentencing before they can apply for the sealing of their records.
For the year 2017, Utah recorded 116,796 arrests. This figure represents a 3.9% increase from the previous year. Of that total, 37,084 were Group B offenses, and of those, 26,298 were committed by men, the rest women.
Most of the violent crime offenders in Utah were 20-29 and the largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.
|Offenders w/ reported age||6,054|
|Victims w/ reported age||6,536|
Residence Home is the place where the majority of crimes in Utah were committed, in most of the crime cases the offender was a relationship unknown.
|Other Family Member||151|
The popular arrests for 2017 in Utah was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 39,865, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Embezzlement arrests - with only 36 crimes a year.
|Arrest Type||Under 18||All ages||Total arrests|
|Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter||1||48||49|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||125||519||644|
|Forgery and Counterfeiting||10||746||756|
|Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing||106||1,225||1,331|
|Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc.||135||896||1,031|
|Prostitution and Commercialized Vice||10||379||389|
|Sex Offenses (except rape and prostitution)||217||656||873|
|Drug Abuse Violations||1,696||17,556||19,252|
|Offenses Against the Family and Children||28||1,426||1,454|
|Driving Under the Influence||143||7,980||8,123|
|All Other Offenses (except traffic)||2,842||37,023||39,865|
|Curfew and Loitering Law Violations||356||356||712|