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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Dec 4, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Comer L. Donnell, District Public Defender; John Archer Gholson, IV, Assistant Public Defender, Lebanon, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellant, Deborah M. Nowakowski.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Andrew C. Coulam, Assistant Attorney General; Tom P. Thompson, Jr., District Attorney General; and Linda D. Walls, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MCMULLEN

The Defendant-Appellant, Deborah Nowakowski, was convicted by a Wilson County jury of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving on a revoked license. At a subsequent bench trial, the trial court found that Nowakowski had five previous DUI convictions and one previous conviction for driving on a revoked license. She was therefore convicted of DUI, sixth offense, and violating the Motor Vehicle Habitual Offenders Act (MVHOA). She received a total effective sentence of twelve years, eleven months and twenty-nine days? incarceration. On appeal, the sole issue presented for our review is whether the trial court erred in holding harmless the erroneous admission of a statement referencing Nowakowski?s prior DUI convictions. Discerning no reversible error, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.