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The People of the State of New York v. James Wissert

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


June 10, 2011

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
JAMES WISSERT, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Cattaraugus County Court (Larry M. Himelein, J.), rendered February 1, 2010. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of driving while intoxicated, a class E felony.

People v Wissert

Appellate Division, Fourth Department 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.

Decided on June 10, 2011

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., SMITH, CARNI, SCONIERS, AND GREEN, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.

Memorandum:

Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of felony driving while intoxicated (Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1192 [2]; § 1193 [1] [c] [former (i)]). Contrary to defendant's contentions, he "validly waived [his] right to be prosecuted by indictment and consented to be prosecuted by superior court information" (People v Schultz, 258 AD2d 879, 879, lv denied 93 NY2d 929; see Matter of Peterson v Becker, 72 AD3d 1250, 1252, lv dismissed 15 NY3d 816), and the written instrument signed by defendant and the District Attorney satisfies the requirements of CPL 195.20 (see generally People v Sterling, 27 AD3d 950, lv denied 6 NY3d 898). Also contrary to defendant's contention, the record establishes that the conditions of interim probation and the consequences of violating those conditions were adequately explained to him (see People v Holmes, 67 AD3d 1069, 1070-1071). Defendant failed to preserve for our review his further contention that County Court erred in failing to conduct a hearing to determine whether he violated the conditions of his interim probation (see People v Saucier, 69 AD3d 1125; People v Dissottle, 68 AD3d 1542, 1544, lv denied 14 NY3d 799). In any event, we conclude that the court's inquiry into the matter "was of sufficient depth' to enable the court to determine that defendant failed to comply with the terms and conditions of his interim probation" (People v Rollins, 50 AD3d 1535, 1536, lv denied 10 NY3d 939). By failing to move to withdraw the plea or to vacate the judgment of conviction, defendant failed to preserve for our review his contention that his plea was not knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently entered (see People v Mackey, 79 AD3d 1680), and this case does not fall within the narrow exception to the preservation requirement (see People v Lopez, 71 NY2d 662, 665). Finally, to the extent that defendant's contention that he was denied effective assistance of counsel survives his guilty plea (see People v Bethune, 21 AD3d 1316, lv denied 6 NY3d 752), that contention lacks merit (see generally People v Ford, 86 NY2d 397, 404).

Entered: June 10, 2011

Patricia L. Morgan Clerk of the Court.

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