CHAUQUINN BERNARD v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jan 29, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Lyle A. Jones, Covington, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Chauquinn Bernard.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith DeVault, Senior Counsel; D. Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General; and Sean G. Hord, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Petitioner, Chauquinn Bernard, pleaded guilty to felony possession of marijuana pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 39-17-418(e) and received the agreed-upon sentence of four years in the Tennessee Department of Correction, to be served concurrently with a ten-year sentence for aggravated burglary that he was already serving. He filed a petition for post-conviction relief alleging ineffective assistance of counsel and involuntariness of his guilty plea. Following an evidentiary hearing, the post-conviction court denied relief. In this appeal, petitioner argues that the post- conviction court erred in finding that he received effective assistance of counsel. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.