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H.B. 215 Enrolled
This bill amends the Criminal Code to clarify that individuals other than law
enforcement officers may attach mobile tracking devices to their own property.
. provides that any person, whether or not a law enforcement officer, is entitled to
install and use a mobile tracking device on any property belonging to or under the
lawful control of that person.
Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
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Utah Code Sections Affected:
77-23a-15.5, as enacted by Chapter 201, Laws of Utah 1994
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 77-23a-15.5 is amended to read:
77-23a-15.5. Mobile tracking device authorization.
(1) As used in this section, "mobile tracking device" means an electronic or mechanical
device emitting only an electronic locator signal which permits the tracking of the movement of
a person or an object.
(2) An investigative or law enforcement officer may make application to a district judge
for an order authorizing or approving the installation and use of a mobile tracking device. The
application must be in writing and signed by the investigative or law enforcement officer and
sworn to or affirmed by that officer before the district judge.
(3) An application under Subsection (2) must include:
(a) a statement of the identity of the applicant and the identity of the law enforcement
agency conducting the investigation;
(b) a certification by the applicant that the information likely to be obtained is relevant to
an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the investigating agency;
(c) a statement of the offense to which the information likely to be obtained relates;
(d) a statement whether it may be necessary to use and monitor the mobile tracking
device outside the jurisdiction of the court from which authorization is being sought; and
(e) a statement identifying the vehicle, container, or item to which, in which, or on which
the mobile tracking device is to be attached or placed and, if known to the applicant, a statement
identifying the owner or possessor of that vehicle, container, or item.
(4) Upon application made as provided under Subsection (3), the court, if it finds that the
certification and statement required by Subsection (3) have been made in the application, may
enter an ex parte order authorizing the installation and use of a mobile tracking device. The
order may authorize the use of the device within the jurisdiction of the court and outside that
jurisdiction but within the state [
(5) The district judge who issued the order shall be notified by the applicant, in writing,
within ten days after the mobile tracking device has been activated in place on or within the
vehicle, container, or item. If no notice is received within ten days after issuance of the order, the
order shall be returned to the district judge to be recalled.
(6) For the purpose of placing a mobile tracking device, entry upon private property, the
passenger compartment of a vehicle, or any other area subject to a reasonable expectation of
privacy is prohibited unless the applicant first obtains consent or authority for such an entry
pursuant to the provisions of Title 77, Chapter 23, Search and Administrative Warrants.
(7) The order authorizing use of a mobile tracking device shall expire 60 days after the
date the mobile tracking device was activated in place. For good cause shown, the district judge
may grant an extension for an additional 60-day period.
whether or not the person is an investigative or law enforcement officer[
Subsection 77-23a-3 (11), from installing and using a mobile tracking device upon or with
property belonging to and under the lawful dominion and control of that person.
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