The wanted list is a tool that the Police Officers use to see who is wanted for crimes they may have not witnessed themselves and if a criminal can or can not be ticketed. Players can be charged for between 1 and 5 stars, depending on the severity of their crimes and will be added to the wanted list. Anyone who is charged with 3 or more stars will be refused a ticket and taken straight to jail. You can type :charges in game to see details about your ticket and jail time.
You are automatically removed from the wanted list if you go 30 minutes without being charged or caught. This time only goes down while you are in the game.
You can identify if you are wanted by the stars that appear in the top right corner. This is only visible to you.