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Criminal Appeals Attorney Utah

Can I file an appeal in a criminal case in Utah before sentencing?

The general rule for appeals of criminal cases is a defendant must file a notice of appeal within 30 days of a final appealable order. In most cases, the court's sentencing order will be considered the final order which triggers the right to appeal and the time for filing the notice of appeal. There are limited exceptions when an appeal can be filed before sentencing.

The appeal process in Utah can be very complex. Having the assistance of an experienced criminal lawyer is critical. Based in Salt Lake City, criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard can assist you and help ensure that your appellate rights are protected. Contact us today to arrange for an initial confidential consultation.

Appeal from a Final Appealable Order

Under most circumstances, an appeal in a criminal case in Utah cannot be filed until after a final judgment has been entered by the trial court. In Utah criminal cases, the trial court's sentencing order is typically considered to be the final "appealable" order. Therefore, in most cases a notice of appeal should not be filed until after the court has signed the sentencing order.

In cases where a person has filed a notice of appeal prior to sentencing, the Utah Court of Appeals or Utah Supreme Court may, on motion of the court (meaning even if the prosecution doesn't make the motion), dismiss an appeal for lack of jurisdiction if no final order has been entered in the trial court. A dismissal of an appeal under such circumstances does not necessarily mean that the defendant will be denied the right to appeal. Rather, the defendant will have to wait until after the final order (sentencing order) is entered, and then refile the notice of appeal.

Interlocutory Appeals in Utah

Utah appellate procedural rules do allow for certain exceptions to the "final judgment rule." If one of these exceptions is met, then an interlocutory appeal may be filed. Typically, an interlocutory appeal is not considered to be an appeal as of right. This means that a petition (request) to file the interlocutory appeal must be filed before the appeal itself if filed. If permission is granted by the appellate court, then full briefing on the appeal can proceed.

Finding a Utah Attorney Appeals for Criminal Appeals

Utah Criminal LawyerAs an experienced Utah criminal defense lawyer practicing in Salt Lake City, Stephen Howard is prepared to assist clients throughout the appeals process. To learn more about appealing your Utah criminal case, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

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Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

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560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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