PHILLIP LEE GARNER v. THE STATE OF TEXAS--Appeal from 36th District Court of San Patricio County
COURT OF APPEALS
THIRTEENTH DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CORPUS CHRISTI - EDINBURG
PHILLIP LEE GARNER, Appellant,
THE STATE OF TEXAS, Appellee.
On appeal from the 36th District Court
of San Patricio County, Texas.
Before Chief Justice Valdez and Justices Rodriguez and Garza
Memorandum Opinion Per Curiam
Appellant, Phillip Lee Garner, pleaded guilty pursuant to a plea bargain to the state jail felony offense of possession of cocaine. The trial court suspended imposition of sentence and, in accordance with the agreement, placed appellant on deferred adjudication community supervision for a period of three years.
Appellant filed a pro se notice of appeal on June 21, 2004. Trial counsel subsequently filed a separate notice of appeal on June 25, 2004. On July 2, 2004, the trial court allowed trial counsel to withdraw and appointed new appellate counsel. The trial court has certified that this is a plea-bargain case, and the defendant has NO right of appeal. See Tex. R. App. P. 25.2(a)(2).
On August 16, 2004, this Court notified appellant s counsel that the trial court s certification showed no right to appeal and ordered counsel to (1) review the record; (2) determine whether appellant has a right to appeal; and (3) forward to this Court, by letter, counsel s findings as to whether appellant has a right to appeal, or, alternatively, advise this Court as to the existence of any amended certification.
On September 15, 2004, appointed counsel filed a letter brief with this Court. Counsel s response does not establish (1) that the certification currently on file with this Court is incorrect or (2) that appellant otherwise has a right to appeal. Rule 25.2(a)(2) of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure provides that, in a plea bargain case in which the punishment does not exceed the punishment recommended by the prosecutor and agreed to by the defendant, a defendant may appeal only those matters that were raised by written motion filed and ruled on before trial, or after obtaining the trial court s permission to appeal. Tex. R. App. P. 25.2(a)(2). The record reflects that no written motions were filed and ruled on before trial and the trial court did not grant appellant permission to appeal. We would further note that, according to our review of the clerk s record, appellant expressly waived his right to appeal.
The Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure provide that an appeal must be dismissed if the trial court s certification does not show that the defendant has the right of appeal. Tex. R. App. P. 25.2(d); see Tex. R. App. P. 37.1, 44.3, 44.4. The trial court s rule 25.2(d) certification states that appellant has no right to appeal, and the certification is supported by the record. See Tex. R. App. P. 25.2(d); Dears v. State, 154 S.W.3d 610, 614-15 (Tex. Crim. App. 2005). Accordingly, this appeal is DISMISSED. Any pending motions are denied as moot.
Do not publish.
Tex. R. App. P. 47.2(b).
Memorandum Opinion delivered and filed
this the 19th day of May, 2005.