State v. Smith, 2018 UT App 28 (Feb. 15, 2018).
Feb 15, 2018
In an opinion emphasizing the importance of a clear record that a criminal defendant understands the consequences of waiving the right to counsel at sentencing, the Court of Appeals vacated a sentence entered without counsel for the defendant present. Although the Court concluded the criminal defendant clearly expressed a desire to be sentenced without counsel, it held his waiver was not sufficiently knowing and intelligent to be valid. This was true despite the district court’s attempts to conduct a colloquy with the defendant.