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Edgar Farfan-Galvan appealed his conviction for felony driving under the influence (“DUI”). Farfan-Galvan moved to dismiss or remand the charge, based upon his claim that one of the prior DUI convictions upon which the State relied to enhance the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony was obtained in violation of his Sixth Amendment right to counsel. The district court denied the motion. The Supreme Court reversed. The record before the district court did not contain any indication that Farfan-Galvan had waived the right to counsel in the prior 2010 case. Therefore, that conviction could not serve as the basis to enhance the charge to a felony. The district court’s decision denying his motion to dismiss or remand. was reversed, and in light of this, the Court vacated Farfan-Galvan’s conviction.