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Criminal Procedure — ineffective assistance

Wisconsin Court of Appeals

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Criminal Procedure — ineffective assistance

Denise A. Bilton pled no contest to transferring encumbered property, as a party to a crime, in violation of Wis. Stat. § 943.84(1) (2011-12). Bilton appeals from an order denying her motion for postconviction relief by which she sought to withdraw her no-contest plea on the basis of ineffective assistance of counsel. The thrust of Bilton’s argument is that her attorney, Gerald Boyle, represented the offense to her as a strict liability offense when the State was required to prove her mental state. We conclude that Bilton did not receive ineffective assistance of counsel because she was not prejudiced by any alleged deficient performance. Accordingly, we affirm. This opinion will not be published.

2012AP1800-CR State v. Bilton

Dist II, Waukesha County, Kieffer, J., Per Curiam

Attorneys: For Appellant: Eberhardy, Sara L., Cudahy; For Respondent: Schimel, Brad, Waukesha; Whelan, Maura F.J., Madison

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