State v. TrotterAnnotate this Case
Defendant pled guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Defendant later moved to withdraw his guilty plea based upon ineffective assistance of counsel and a violation of Utah R. Crim. P. 11, arguing that his plea was not knowing or voluntary because neither his defense counsel nor the trial court informed him that his guilty plea carried with it the requirement that Defendant register on the state’s sex offender registry. The district court denied Defendant’s motion to withdraw, concluding that neither defense counsel nor the district court had an obligation to inform him of the registration requirement because the registration requirement was a collateral consequence of the guilty plea. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the requirement to register as a sex offender is properly classified as a collateral consequence of a defendant’s guilty plea, and therefore, neither defense counsel nor the trial court in this case was constitutionally obligated to inform Defendant of the registration requirement before his guilty plea was accepted as knowing and voluntary.