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Case No. 19-0232

State of Iowa
Stuart Michael Vanmersbergen


State of Iowa


Stuart Michael Vanmersbergen

Attorney for the Appellee

Kyle Hanson, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Patrick W. O'Bryan

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 09, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, James D. Birkenholz, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Mullins and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (4 pages)

            A defendant challenges his guilty plea to operating while intoxicated, second offense, and operating without registration.  He argues his counsel was ineffective for failing to ensure that he understood the plea agreement before pleading guilty.  OPINION HOLDS: The record is inadequate to address the defendant’s claim of ineffective assistance of counsel on direct appeal and we preserve his claim for a possible postconviction-relief application. 

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