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Vera v. State

Court of Appeals of Georgia

September 29, 2014

VERA
v.
THE STATE

Guilty plea. Whitfield Superior Court. Before Judge Partain.

Patty & Young, Clifton M. Patty, Jr., for appellant.

Herbert M. Poston, Jr., District Attorney, Susan L. Franklin, Mark P. Higgins, Jr., Assistant District Attorneys, for appellee.

ANDREWS, Presiding Judge. McFadden and Ray, JJ., concur.

OPINION

Andrews, Presiding Judge.

Pursuant to the grant of an out-of-time appeal, Hector Vera appeals from the judgment of conviction entered after he pled guilty in 2004 to one count of misdemeanor family violence battery and three counts of misdemeanor second degree cruelty to children.[1] His sole enumeration of error is that the guilty plea is invalid because he was not advised of his rights under Boykin v. Alabama, 395 U.S. 238 (89 S.Ct. 1709, 23 L.Ed.2d 274) (1969). The trial court record shows, and the State concedes, that Vera was not advised of his Boykin rights to confront witnesses and the privilege against self-incrimination. Because the record shows that Vera was not advised of and did not knowingly waive these Boykin rights, his guilty plea is invalid, and his conviction must be reversed and the case remanded to the trial court for further proceedings. Tyner v. State, 289 Ga. 592, 595 (714 S.E.2d 577) (2011).

Judgment reversed and case remanded.

McFadden and Ray, JJ., concur.


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