Gomez v. State, 82-1584

CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)
Citation437 So.2d 206
Docket NumberNo. 82-1584,82-1584
PartiesGerman A. GOMEZ and Florentino Molina, Appellants, v. The STATE of Florida, Appellee.
Decision Date13 September 1983

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437 So.2d 206
German A. GOMEZ and Florentino Molina, Appellants,
The STATE of Florida, Appellee.
No. 82-1584.
District Court of Appeal of Florida,
Third District.
Sept. 13, 1983.

Bierman, Sonnett, Beiley, Shohat & Sale and Benedict P. Kuehne, Miami, for appellants.

Jim Smith, Atty. Gen., and Jack B. Ludin, Asst. Atty. Gen., for appellee.



Gomez and Molina, defendants below, appeal from the summary denial of their Rule 3.850 motion to vacate their convictions and sentences for possession of marijuana entered upon their pleas of nolo contendere. We affirm.

The defendants urged two grounds for relief in their motion to vacate. First, they

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alleged that their agreement to enter nolo contendere pleas, being based in part on the State's stipulation that the trial court's ruling on the defendants' motion to dismiss the information was dispositive of the case, was frustrated when this court on appeal of that ruling held "the motion to dismiss the information for lack of jurisdiction over the offense was properly denied by the trial court because the ground urged in support thereof could only be urged on a sworn motion to dismiss under Fla.R.Crim.P. 3.190(c)(4) or on a motion for judgment of acquittal at trial." 1 See Gomez v. State, 402 So.2d 1239, 1240 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981). Second, they alternatively alleged that their trial counsel, "by entering into a plea agreement calling for an appeal of an unappealable issue, rendered ineffective legal representation."

There is clearly no defect in the plea bargain which would warrant relieving the defendants of the consequences of their pleas. This is not a situation where a defendant has been misled into believing a ruling was dispositive only to have an appellate court find that it was not, and that, therefore, it was without jurisdiction over the appeal. See, e.g., Carr v. State, 421 So.2d 1098 (Fla. 4th DCA 1982); Coleman v. State, 417 So.2d 690 (Fla. 4th DCA 1982); Kjersgaard v. State, 383 So.2d 763 (Fla. 2d DCA 1980); Gray v. State, 381 So.2d 302 (Fla. 2d DCA 1980); Arnold v. State, 379 So.2d 1003 (Fla. 2d DCA 1980). Instead, as should be obvious, implicit in our earlier affirmance of the trial court's denial of the defendants' motion to dismiss on the ground that the motion was unsworn is that the trial court's ruling was properly before us and appealable. Thus, the plea bargain which...

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