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Posted by: Landry Butler on Mar 20, 2018

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Anthony L. Clark, Paris, Tennessee (on appeal); and Alan G. Ward, Camden, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Joel W. Allen.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Jonathan H. Wardle, Assistant Attorney General; Matthew F. Stowe, District Attorney General; and Vance Dennis, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

The Defendant, Joel W. Allen, was convicted by a Benton County Circuit Court jury of driving under the influence, “DUI,” fifth offense, a Class E felony; simple possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and operating a vehicle after being declared a habitual motor vehicle offender, a Class E felony. He was sentenced to an effective term of twelve years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, he argues that the evidence is insufficient to sustain his DUI conviction and that he received ineffective assistance of counsel. After review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.