Carter v. State

Decision Date05 July 1989
Docket NumberNo. 17340,17340
Citation776 P.2d 830,116 Idaho 468
PartiesDon R. CARTER, Petitioner-Appellant, v. STATE of Idaho, Respondent.
CourtIdaho Court of Appeals

Craig D. Hobdey, Hobdey & Hobdey, Gooding, for petitioner-appellant.

Jim Jones, Atty. Gen. by Peter C. Erbland, Deputy Atty. Gen., Boise, for respondent.


The question presented in this appeal is whether a criminal defendant must be advised, before pleading guilty to a felony, that a conviction could lead eventually to persistent violator status if the defendant commits one or more other subsequent felonies. We hold that such advice may be desirable, but it is not mandatory.

The issue is framed by the following facts. Upon his plea of guilty, Don Carter was convicted on two felony counts of issuing checks with insufficient funds. He later petitioned the district court for post-conviction relief, alleging that his plea had been involuntary for two related reasons: (1) he was not informed by the court that, if he later committed a third felony, he could be deemed a persistent violator under I.C. § 19-2514; and (2) he received ineffective assistance of counsel because his attorney similarly failed to so advise him. The district court dismissed the petition, and this appeal followed.

We first consider Carter's argument that his plea was involuntary because he did not understand all of its potential consequences. Carter relies upon I.C.R. 11. The rule provides that before a guilty plea can be accepted, the "defendant [must be] informed of the consequences of his plea, including minimum and maximum punishments, and other direct consequences which may apply." (Emphasis added.) Thus, the rule requires that the defendant be informed of "direct" consequences of a guilty plea, not collateral consequences. In our view, the future possibility of persistent violator status is a collateral, rather than direct, consequence of a guilty plea. In this case, only if Carter commits another felony will he be subject to the persistent violator statute. This potential consequence is entirely within Carter's power to prevent. We decline to include such a contingent possibility among the "direct" consequences embraced by Rule 11. Our decision is consistent with the results reached in other jurisdictions where the same issue has been raised. See, e.g., United States v. Campbell, 778 F.2d 764 (11th Cir.1985); People v. McKnight, 200 Colo. 486, 617 P.2d 1178 (1980); Chapel v. State, 71 Or.App. 49, 691 P.2d 514 (1984); State v. Hatch, 156 Ariz. 597, 754 P.2d 324 (Ct.App.1988).

Of course, it may be desirable to inform the defendant of any foreseeable, albeit indirect, consequence of a plea. Thus, in DUI cases, our Legislature has provided that the judge, at sentencing, must inform a defendant of the penalties that may be imposed for subsequent drunk driving convictions. However, Rule 11 does not impose a similar requirement in all criminal cases. Rather, it conforms to the minimum constitutional requisites for a voluntary guilty plea. See, e.g., Brooks v. State, 108 Idaho 855, 858, 702 P.2d 893, 896 (Ct.App.1985) (defendant need not be informed of parole consequences). Those requisites were satisfied in this case.

Carter next argues that his attorney's failure to inform him about the persistent violator statute constituted ineffective assistance of counsel. We acknowledge that a criminal defendant may challenge the voluntariness of his guilty plea by arguing that his counsel was ineffective. However, in order to prevail in such a challenge, the defendant must demonstrate that he was prejudiced as a result of an objectively unreasonable performance by the attorney. Hill v. Lockhart, 474 U.S. 52, 106 S.Ct. 366, 88 L.Ed.2d 203 (1985); see generally Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 104 S.Ct. 2052, 80 L.Ed.2d 674 (1984).

We do not believe the performance...

To continue reading

Request your trial
9 cases
  • Steele v. State
    • United States
    • Idaho Court of Appeals
    • October 25, 2012
    ...285, 32 P.3d 672, 677 (Ct.App.2001) ; State v. Miller, 134 Idaho 458, 460, 4 P.3d 570, 572 (Ct.App.2000) ; Carter v. State, 116 Idaho 468, 468, 776 P.2d 830, 830 (Ct.App.1989). See also State v. Flowers, 150 Idaho 568, 573, 249 P.3d 367, 372 (2011) ; Hayes, 146 Idaho at 355, 195 P.3d at 714......
  • Ray v. State
    • United States
    • Idaho Supreme Court
    • June 21, 1999
    ...constitutes a "direct" as opposed to a "collateral" consequence of a guilty plea is a more difficult matter. In Carter v. State, 116 Idaho 468, 776 P.2d 830 (Ct.App.1989), the Idaho Court of Appeals addressed whether the future possibility of persistent violator status was a collateral, rat......
  • Retamoza v. State, 20350
    • United States
    • Idaho Court of Appeals
    • May 13, 1994
    ...necessary for defense counsel to advise the defendant regarding all collateral consequences of a guilty plea. In Carter v. State, 116 Idaho 468, 776 P.2d 830 (Ct.App.1989), we held that the criminal defendant had not been deprived of effective representation where he pled guilty to a felony......
  • Farnsworth v. State
    • United States
    • Idaho Court of Appeals
    • March 29, 2012
    ...280, 285, 32 P.3d 672, 677 (Ct. App. 2001); Wilson v. State, 133 Idaho 874, 993 P.2d 1205 (Ct. App. 2000); Carter v. State, 116 Idaho 468, 468-69, 776 P.3d 830, 830-31 (Ct. App. 1989). Direct consequences are the immediate and automatic consequences of the guilty plea. Jakoski, 136 Idaho at......
  • Request a trial to view additional results

VLEX uses login cookies to provide you with a better browsing experience. If you click on 'Accept' or continue browsing this site we consider that you accept our cookie policy. ACCEPT