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The People of the State of New York v. Paul Topolski

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


May 3, 2013

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
PAUL TOPOLSKI,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Onondaga County Court (Joseph E. Fahey, J.), rendered December 10, 2009.

People v Topolski

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.

Released on May 3, 2013

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., FAHEY, CARNI, SCONIERS, AND WHALEN, JJ.

The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of felony driving while intoxicated.

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 [3]; 1193 [1] [c] [ii]). Contrary to defendant's contention, we conclude that his waiver of the right to appeal was knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently entered (see People v Lopez, 6 NY3d 248, 256; People v Pratt, 77 AD3d 1337, 1337, lv denied 15 NY3d 955). Defendant further contends that his plea was not knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently entered because he failed to recite the underlying facts of the crime to which he pleaded guilty and, upon questioning by the court, he could not recall how much he had to drink on the date of the crime. Defendant's contention is actually a challenge to the factual sufficiency of the plea allocution, and thus that challenge and his challenge to the severity of the sentence are encompassed by the valid waiver of the right to appeal (see Lopez, 6 NY3d at 256; People v Lococo, 92 NY2d 825, 827; People v Walton, 101 AD3d 1792, 1792; People v Grant, 96 AD3d 1697, 1697, lv denied 19 NY3d 997). Entered: May 3, 2013 Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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