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Case No. 19-1718

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State of Iowa
Curtis Edward Hawkins


State of Iowa


Curtis Edward Hawkins

Attorney for the Appellee

Genevieve Reinkoester, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Daniel J. Rothman and Nicholas A. Carda

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 21, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Story County, James B. Malloy, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (8 pages)

            Without the benefit of legal counsel, Curtis Hawkins pled guilty to operating while intoxicated (OWI), first offense, in 2007.  Hawkins pled guilty again in 2016 to a second offense OWI.  After being charged with a third OWI, Hawkins learned the previous convictions for OWI served as grounds for enhanced punishment.  On appeal, he challenges the use of his first, uncounseled conviction for OWI as an enhancement in this case.  OPINION HOLDS: We agree with the State that Hawkins failed to show his prior waiver of counsel was not made competently, knowingly, and intelligently.  So we affirm the trial court’s ruling.

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