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People v. Ouchie

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


February 6, 2009

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
CARLA OUCHIE, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Erie County (Deborah A. Haendiges, J.), rendered December 12, 2006. The judgment convicted defendant, upon her plea of guilty, of criminal contempt in the second degree.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., HURLBUTT, CENTRA, GREEN, AND GORSKI, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously modified as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice and on the law by providing that the order of protection shall expire on August 9, 2009 and as modified the judgment is affirmed.

Memorandum

On appeal from a judgment convicting her upon her plea of guilty of criminal contempt in the second degree (Penal Law § 215.50 [3]), defendant contends that Supreme Court erred in directing that the order of protection remain in effect until three years from the date of sentencing. Although that contention survives the waiver by defendant of her right to appeal (see People v Cambridge, 55 AD3d 1381; see also People v Fomby, 42 AD3d 894, 896), she failed to preserve it for our review (see People v Nieves, 2 NY3d 310, 315-317). We nevertheless exercise our power to review defendant's contention as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice (see People v Chattley, 49 AD3d 1307, lv denied 10 NY3d 933; People v Goins, 45 AD3d 1371), and we modify the judgment by providing that the order of protection shall expire on August 9, 2009, three years from the date of defendant's conviction (see Cambridge, 55 AD3d 1381; Chattley, 49 AD3d 1307).

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