You have the right to appeal a conviction or a judge’s final order, but there are deadlines for appealing. In Utah Felony sex offenses a written notice of appeal must be filed within 30 days of sentencing. If you wish to appeal a sex offense conviction, talk to your attorney and they can file the appropriate paperwork. Criminal appeals can be procedurally complex, and it is always wise to discuss the specifics of your appeal or potential appeal with an attorney who has appellate experience. It is not uncommon to have a different attorney handle the appeal than the attorney who handled the trial.
The repercussions of being convicted of rape or of any other sex crime are so extensive that it cannot be over emphasized how important it is to hire a qualified Utah lawyer as early as possible.
Rape is one of the most serious charges to face, and at the same time it is one of the most difficult to defend if the accusation is false. A rape trial often turns into a battle of he said/she said with the jury determining the credibility of the witnesses.
The experience your lawyer brings to the table is critical. The rules of evidence concerning rape cases and are unique to sex offenses. For example, under Utah Rules of Evidence, 404 the prosecutor may attempt to inform the jury of prior bad acts or behavior.
If convicted of rape a defendant could face up to life in a Utah prison. It is also important to keep in mind that if convicted of certain sex offenses, a defendant is not eligible for probation and faces a mandatory prison sentence. In addition, a person convicted of rape would have to register as a sex offender.