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State v. Hinkle

July 18, 2008

STATE OF OHIO PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE
v.
BRADLEY HINKLE DEFENDANT-APPELLANT



CHARACTER OF PROCEEDING: Appeal from the Licking County Court of Common Pleas - Case Numbers 06 CR 712 and 06 CR 623.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Farmer, P.J.

JUDGES: Hon. Sheila G. Farmer, P.J., Hon. Julie A. Edwards, J. Hon. Patricia A. Delaney, J.

OPINION

JUDGMENT: AFFIRMED

{¶1} Defendant-Appellant, Bradley Hinkle, appeals from his conviction of one count of Theft, a felony of the fifth degree, in violation of R.C. 2913.02, one count of Possession of Cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree, in violation of R.C. 2925.11(A)(C)(4)(a), and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, in violation of R.C. 2925.14. The theft charge was the only charge in lower court Case Number 2006CR623. The remaining two charges were indicted under Case Number 2006CR712; however, the trial court consolidated the cases for the purpose of the plea and sentencing hearings. Appellant entered no contest pleas to the charges and was found guilty. The Appellant was sentenced to nine months on the theft charge to be served consecutive to nine months for the possession of cocaine charge. These two sentences were also ordered to be served consecutive to a sentence out of the Knox County Court of Common Pleas.

{¶2} According to the Statement of Facts, which was presented by the State during the plea hearing, Appellant and a passenger were riding in a vehicle on October 8, 2006. A Licking County Sheriff's Deputy recognized Appellant and believed Appellant to be an unlicensed driver. A traffic stop was initiated. Appellant was found to have an active warrant; therefore, he was taken into custody. A search of the vehicle yielded several crack pipes and other drug paraphernalia. The passenger told police she and Appellant had used the crack pipes to smoke crack earlier in the day. Appellant voluntarily submitted a urine sample which tested positive for cocaine.

{¶3} Counsel for Appellant has filed a Motion to Withdraw and a brief pursuant to Anders v. California (1967), 386 U.S. 738, rehearing den. (1967), 388 U.S. 924, indicating that the within appeal was wholly frivolous and setting forth proposed Assignments of Error. Appellant did not file a pro se brief alleging any additional Assignments of Error. Appellee also did not file a brief.

I.

{¶4} "THE STATEMENT OF EVIDENCE BY THE STATE OF OHIO WAS INSUFFICIENT TO SUSTAIN A GUILTY VERDICT ON THE CHARGE OF POSSESSION OF COCAINE.

II.

{¶5} "THE TRIAL COURT ERRED BY IMPOSING CONSECUTIVE SENTENCES UPON DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

III.

{¶6} "THE DEFENDANT'S NO CONTEST PLEAS WERE [NOT] FREELY, VOLUNTARILY AND UNDERSTANDIBLY ENTERED."

{¶7} In Anders, the United States Supreme Court held if, after a conscientious examination of the record, a defendant's counsel concludes the case is wholly frivolous, then he should so advise the court and request permission to withdraw. Id. at 744. Counsel must accompany his request with a brief identifying anything in the record that could arguably support his client's appeal. Id. Counsel also must: (1) furnish his client with a copy of the brief and request to withdraw; and, (2) allow his client sufficient time to raise any matters that the client chooses. Id. Once the defendant's counsel satisfies these requirements, the appellate court must fully examine the proceedings below to determine if any arguably meritorious issues exist. If the appellate court also determines that the appeal is wholly frivolous, it may grant counsel's request to withdraw and dismiss the appeal without violating constitutional requirements, or may proceed to a decision on the merits if state law so requires. Id.

{¶8} Counsel in this matter has followed the procedure in Anders v. California (1967), 386 U.S. 738, we find the appeal to be wholly frivolous and grant counsel's motion to withdraw. Appellant has not filed a brief of his ...


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