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State v. Varelas

Court of Appeals of Arizona, Second Division, Department A

July 16, 2013

THE STATE OF ARIZONA, Appellee,
v.
JULIAN MAREZ VARELAS, Appellant.

Not for Publication Rule 111, Rules of the Supreme Court.

APPEAL FROM THE SUPERIOR COURT OF PIMA COUNTY Cause No. CR20113246001 Honorable Paul E. Tang, Judge.

Ronald Zack, PLC By Ronald Zack Tucson Attorney for Appellant.

MEMORANDUM DECISION

GARYE L. VÁSQUEZ, Presiding Judge.

¶1 Appellant Julian Varelas was convicted after a jury trial of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia, and sentenced to concurrent prison terms, the longest of which is seven years. [1] Counsel has filed a brief in compliance with Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), and State v. Clark, 196 Ariz. 530, 2 P.3d 89 (App. 1999), stating he has reviewed the record but found no "arguable question of law" to raise on appeal and asking us to review the record for fundamental error. Varelas has not filed a supplemental brief

¶2 We view the evidence in the light most favorable to upholding the jury's verdicts. See State v. Haight-Gyuro, 218 Ariz. 356, ¶ 2, 186 P.3d 33, 34 (App. 2008). In September 2011, Varelas was arrested and, during a search incident to that arrest, police officers discovered in his pockets a syringe and a baggie containing methamphetamine. This evidence is sufficient to support his convictions. A.R.S. §§ 13-3401(6)(c)(xxxiv); 13-3407(A)(1); 13-3415(A).

¶3 Varelas's sentences are within the prescribed statutory range and were imposed lawfully. See A.R.S. §§ 13-702(D); 13-703(C), (J); 13-3407(B)(1); 13-3415(A). The sentencing minute entry, however, provides that the "fines, fees, and assessments" the court had imposed were "reduced to a criminal restitution order [CRO] . . . ." But this court has determined that, based on A.R.S. § 13-805(C), "the imposition of a CRO before the defendant's probation or sentence has expired 'constitutes an illegal sentence, which is necessarily fundamental, reversible error.'" State v. Lopez, 231 Ariz. 561, ¶ 2, 298 P.3d 909, 909 (App. 2013), quoting State v. Lewandowski, 220 Ariz. 531, ¶ 15, 207 P.3d 784, 789 (App. 2009). Therefore, this portion of the sentencing minute entry is not authorized by statute.

¶4 Pursuant to our obligation under Anders, we have searched the record for fundamental, reversible error and found none save the improper criminal restitution order. See State v. Fuller, 143 Ariz. 571, 575, 694 P.2d 1185, 1189 (1985) (Anders requires court to search record for fundamental error). The criminal restitution order is vacated; Varelas's convictions and sentences are otherwise affirmed.

CONCURRING: JOSEPH W. HOWARD, Chief Judge, MICHAEL MILLER, Judge.


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