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State v. Morales

Court of Appeals of Arizona, Second Division

November 19, 2013

The State of Arizona, Appellee,
v.
Manuel Eduardo Morales, Appellant.

Not for Publication See Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. 111(c); Ariz. R. Crim. P. 31.24

Appeal from the Superior Court in Pima County No. CR20112150001 The Honorable Deborah Bernini, Judge

Isabel G. Garcia, Pima County Legal Defender By Alex D. Heveri, Assistant Legal Defender, Tucson Counsel for Appellant

Judge Espinosa authored the decision of the Court, in which Presiding Judge Kelly and Judge Eckerstrom concurred.

MEMORANDUM DECISION

ESPINOSA, Judge

¶1 Following a jury trial, appellant Manuel Morales was convicted of aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicant (DUI) while his driver license was suspended, revoked, or restricted; aggravated driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater while his license was suspended, revoked, or restricted; aggravated DUI based on having committed or been convicted of two or more prior DUI violations; and aggravated driving with a BAC of .08 or more having committed or been convicted of two or more prior DUI violations. The trial court suspended the imposition of sentence and placed Morales on supervised probation for five years, [1] ordering him to serve four months in the Arizona Department of Corrections as a condition of his probation. 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). Morales has not filed a supplemental brief.

¶2 Although counsel avows she has found no "meritorious issue to raise on appeal, " she asks this court "to search the record in this case for error." She asserts our review is not limited to one for fundamental error, arguing that "Anders requires the appellate court to review for any error that might warrant relief-fundamental or not." Even if we were to agree with counsel, it would not change the outcome here.

¶3 Viewed in the light most favorable to sustaining the verdicts, see State v. Tamplin, 195 Ariz. 246, 2, 986 P.2d 914, 914 (App. 1999), the evidence was sufficient to support the jury's findings of guilt, see A.R.S. §§ 28-1381, 28-1383. In sum, in June 2011, a Tucson police officer found Morales in his parked vehicle with two flat tires on the driver's side and damages to that side of the vehicle. When Morales exited the vehicle, the officer noticed numerous signs of intoxication, and blood tests taken approximately two hours later revealed Morales had a BAC of .237. The parties stipulated at trial that on the date of the offense, Morales's driver license or the privilege to drive was suspended, a fact he knew or should have known, and that he had been convicted of two prior DUI offenses within eighty-four months of the underlying offense. We further conclude the term of probation is within the statutory limit. See A.R.S. § 13-902(B)(1).

¶4 In our examination of the record, we have found no error warranting reversal of the convictions, the imposition of probation, or any other form of appellate relief. Therefore, Morales's convictions and the term of probation are affirmed.


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