Rule 404.Character Evidence Not Admissible to Prove Conduct; Exceptions; Other Crimes

(a) Character Evidence Generally

Evidence of a person’s character or a trait of character is not

admissible for the purpose of proving action in conformity

therewith on a particular occasion, except:

(1) Character of Accused.—In a criminal case, evidence of a

pertinent trait of character offered by an accused, or by the

prosecution to rebut the same, or if evidence of a trait of character

of the alleged victim of the crime is offered by an accused and

admitted under Rule 404(a)(2), evidence of the same trait of

character of the accused offered by the prosecution;

(2) Character of Alleged Victim. —In a criminal case, and subject to the limitations imposed by Rule 412, evidence of a pertinent trait of character of the alleged victim of the crime offered by an accused, or by the prosecution to rebut the same, or evidence of a character trait of peacefulness of the alleged victim offered by the prosecution in a homicide case to rebut evidence that the alleged victim was the first aggressor;

(3) Character of Witness.  Evidence of the character of a witness, as provided in Rule 607, Rule 608, and Rule 609.

(b) Other Crimes, Wrongs, or Acts.  Evidence of other crimes, wrongs, or acts is not admissible to prove the character of a person in order to show action in conformity therewith.  It may, however, be admissible for other purposes, such as proof of motive, opportunity, intent, preparation, plan, knowledge, identity, or absence of mistake or accident, provided that upon request by the accused, the prosecution in a criminal case shall provide reasonable notice in advance of trial, or during trial if the court excuses pretrial notice on good cause shown, of the general nature of any such evidence it intends to introduce at trial.