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Case No. 22-0168

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State of Iowa
Chad A. Bradford


State of Iowa


Chad A. Bradford

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Austin Jungblut

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 03, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Tabitha Turner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (7 pages)

            Chad Bradford appeals his guilty plea, asserting good cause exists for his appeal due to the failure of the district court to advise him of his right to file a motion in arrest of judgment. As to his guilty plea, Bradford contends he did not enter it knowingly and voluntarily because the district court incorrectly stated the minimum fine and failed to inform him of two surcharges he faced upon conviction.  OPINION HOLDS: We find Bradford has good cause to appeal.  But under newly enacted Iowa Code section 814.29 (2021), we determine that Bradford failed to demonstrate that he more likely than not would not have entered into the plea had the court properly informed him of the lesser fine and advised him of the applicable surcharges.  We affirm. 

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