State v. Rodriguez

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State v. Rodriguez

Case Number
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Call Date
October 12, 2021
Case Time
9:00 AM
Case Summary

A-21-0159, State v. Daniel J. Rodriguez (Appellant)

District Court for Buffalo County, District Judge John H. Marsh

Attorney for Appellant:  Brandon J. Dugan (Buffalo County Public Defender’s Office)

Attorney for Appellee:  Douglas J. Peterson and Austin Relph (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute: Cocaine (not less than 10 grams but not more than 28 grams)

Action taken by the Trial Court:  The district court denied Appellant’s motion to suppress, finding that Appellant was not in lawful possession of the car he was driving and therefore did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Following Appellant’s request for a Jackson v. Denno hearing, the district court found that Appellant’s constitutional rights had not been violated. After a stipulated bench trial, Appellant was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.  He was found to be a habitual criminal and sentenced to 10-15 years’ imprisonment.

Assignments of Error on Appeal: Did the district court err in admitting evidence into trial over Appellant’s objection? Did the district court abuse its discretion by imposing an excessive sentence? 

Case Location
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District Court
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Panel Text
Pirtle, Chief Judge, Moore, and Welch, Judges