Q: Attorney Tully, I am charged with indecent assault, rape and sexual assault. I did not do it. But I have a prior rape conviction. Is my prior rape going to be admissible at trial?
A: Like just about everything in the law, it depends. The evidence laws say, in part, evidence is relevant if it logically tends to establish an important fact in the case. The prosecutor will argue your prior crime is admissible to show your current charge is not the result of a mistake or accident. A lot depends on how long ago the conviction was. Call me for a free meeting.