Gibson Donald Lewis v. The State of TexasAppeal from County Court at Law No. 8 of Travis County (memorandum opinion )

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TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN NO. 03-13-00565-CR Gibson Donald Lewis, Appellant v. The State of Texas, Appellee FROM THE COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 8 OF TRAVIS COUNTY NO. C-1-CR-09-211254 HONORABLE CARLOS HUMBERTO BARRERA, JUDGE PRESIDING MEMORANDUM OPINION In August 2013, appellant pled guilty to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to four days in jail and a ninety-day suspension of his driver s license. Before entering into the plea agreement, appellant filed two motions to suppress the evidence from the night of his arrest, both of which were denied. The record does not reflect that appellant waived or withdrew his complaints related to the suppression of the evidence. The trial court s certification of his right to appeal states that this is a plea-bargain case, and the defendant has NO right of appeal, however, rather than that it is a plea-bargain case, but matters were raised by written motion filed and ruled on before trial and not withdrawn or waived, and the defendant has the right of appeal. In determining whether an appellant in a criminal case has the right to appeal, we examine the trial court s certification for defectiveness, defined as a certification that is correct in form but which, when compared to the record before the court, proves to be inaccurate. Dears v. State, 154 S.W.3d 610, 614 (Tex. Crim. App. 2005). If the certification appears to be defective, we must obtain a correct certification. Id. at 614-15; see also Tex. R. App. P. 34.5(c), 37.1. Based on this record, it appears that the trial court s certification, signed October 9, 2013, is incorrect. Therefore, we abate the appeal and remand the case to the trial court either to issue a new certification or to issue findings of fact and conclusions of law explaining how and when appellant waived the complaints that he raised in his written, pretrial motions. See Dears, 154 S.W.3d at 614-15; Tex. R. App. P. 37.1. The trial court clerk is instructed to forward to this Court a supplemental clerk s record containing the amended certification or the findings and conclusions no later than November 25, 2013. __________________________________________ David Puryear, Justice Before Justices Puryear, Rose and Goodwin Abated Filed: October 29, 2013 Do Not Publish 2