The Appellate Group

Bountiful City v. Sisch

Bountiful City v. Sisch, 2023 UT App 141 (Harris, J.)


A defendant was convicted of criminal trespass after a bench trial. He appealed arguing that the State failed to produce sufficient evidence that the “owner” had asked him to leave. The Utah Court of Appeals affirmed, holding:

  • The City provided sufficient evidence to support the trial court’s conclusion that a store manager had authority to act for the “owner” of the parking lot.
  • Practice tip: A defendant in a criminal bench trial is not required to preserve a challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence regarding the statutory elements of the crime.

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