STATE OF TENNESSEE v. GABRIELLA M. DORADO - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 17, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Ann C. Short, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Gabriella M. Dorado.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Deshea Dulany Faughn, Assistant Attorney General; Randall Nichols, District Attorney General; Phil Morton, Assistant District Attorney General for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WEDEMEYER

The Defendant, Gabriella M. Dorado, pled guilty to attempted possession with intent to sell a Schedule I controlled substance, simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pursuant to the plea agreement, the trial court sentenced the Defendant to an effective six-year sentence to be served on supervised probation. Thereafter, the Defendant filed a motion to withdraw her guilty plea, claiming that she received the ineffective assistance of counsel, which constituted a “manifest injustice.” After a hearing, the trial court denied her motion. The Defendant appeals the trial court’s denial, claiming the trial court erred when it found that she had not proved that Counsel’s representation prejudiced her. After a thorough review of the applicable law and the record, we affirm the trial court’s judgment.

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