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Goodman v. State

Court of Appeals of Arkansas, Division III

October 1, 2014

BRANDY MICHELLE GOODMAN, APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF ARKANSAS, APPELLEE

APPEAL FROM THE LONOKE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT [NO. CR-08-207] HONORABLE BARBARA ELMORE, JUDGE

The Lane Firm, by: Jonathan T. Lane, for appellant.

No response.

WAYMOND M. BROWN, Judge

Appellant Brandy Goodman's probation was revoked on the underlying charge of endangering the welfare of a minor after the trial court found that she had violated the terms and conditions of her probation. She was sentenced to two years in the Community Correction Center. Pursuant to Anders v. California[1] and Arkansas Supreme Court Rule 4-3(k), appellant's counsel has filed a motion to withdraw on the grounds that an appeal would be wholly without merit. Appellant was notified of her right to file pro se points for reversal; however, she has not done so. We affirm and grant counsel's motion to withdraw.[2]

Appellant's revocation hearing took place on March 27, 2013. At the hearing, Brad Coyle, appellant's probation officer, testified that appellant had violated several conditions of her probation, including: testing positive for amphetamine/methamphetamine, failing to report for a drug assessment, failing to report for scheduled office visits, being arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and being arrested and charged with shoplifting.

Appellant testified that she had made some strides and had done her best to comply with the terms and conditions of her probation. She stated that she was not guilty of the shoplifting charge, although she had been found guilty. She testified that she did not fail to report to her probation officer, but insisted that the appointments were rescheduled after she called in.

The court found appellant in violation of the terms and conditions of her probation and sentenced her to two years in the Community Correction Center. This timely appeal followed.

An attorney's request to withdraw from appellate representation based upon a meritless appeal must be accompanied by a brief that contains a list of all rulings adverse to his client that were made on any objection, motion, or request made by either party.[3] The argument section of the brief must contain an explanation of why each adverse ruling is not a meritorious ground for reversal.[4] This court is bound to perform a full examination of the proceedings as a whole to decide if an appeal would be wholly frivolous.[5] Our supreme court has held that the failure to abstract and discuss any adverse ruling in an Anders brief necessitates rebriefing.[6]

The State needs to show only one violation of probation in order to sustain a revocation.[7] Here, appellant's probation officer testified to a number of violations by appellant. This testimony was sufficient for the trial court to find appellant violated her probation.

From our review of the record and the brief presented to us, we find compliance with Anders and Rule 4-3(k).[8] We agree with counsel that an appeal in this case would be wholly without merit. Therefore, we affirm the revocation and grant counsel's motion to withdraw.

Affirmed; motion to withdraw granted.

Gladwin, C.J., and Wood, J., agree.


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