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An outstanding warrant is a legal directive for arrest which has yet to be put to use. Typically, the police will handle the more sensitive cases first in which there is the risk of the accused absconding. As far as the other warrants are concerned, particularly those in which the offense can be deemed trivial, these are kept back in the system so that they can be executed at a later date.

The processing of adult criminal offenders follows a strictly imposed chronology and while for most it may seem like the state holds all the cards when it comes to criminal trials and procedures, defendants do have certain rights that are non-negotiable. Here is a look at how the laws of Wyoming are used to handle criminal offenders.

Created in 1973, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is a part of the Attorney general's Office of the State. Launched in accordance with Wyoming statute, 9-1-66, the DCI hosts several subdivisions including the State Crime Laboratory, Operations and Criminal Justice information Services (CJIS). The latter is divided into multiple units, each with a designated responsibility towards a specific crime related function.

The structure of the judicial network of Wyoming was laid down by Article V of the Constitution and as such it is similar to many other states that have the Supreme Court at the apex position while lower courts with general and limited jurisdiction occupy the lower levels of the judicial hierarchy. The court structure of the Wyoming comprises of the Supreme Court, the District Courts, Circuit Courts and Municipal Courts.

Wyoming active warrants are a way for the police to get the judiciary involved in the preliminary stage of crime processing. The point of arrests is rightly considered the beginning of criminal proceedings against a person accused of an act that can be considered illegal under the laws of Wyoming.