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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

WI Court of Appeals – District I

Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. Terrence Jeff Cloyd, Jr.

Case No.: 2018AP001589-CR

Officials: Dugan, White and Gundrum, JJ.

Focus: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Terrence Jeff Cloyd, Jr., appeals judgments of conviction for multiple drug, weapon possession, and bail jumping charges entered upon guilty pleas in two separate cases; and appeals the two circuit court denials of his postconviction motions without a hearing. Cloyd argues that his pleas were not knowingly entered because he was not correctly informed of the maximum penalty he faced if he went to trial because he was charged with multiple penalty enhancers. Further, he contends his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to object to the charging of certain penalty enhancers.

Cloyd has failed to show a manifest injustice if he is not allowed to withdraw his pleas, based on either the circuit court’s duty to establish that he understood the range of punishments, or ineffective assistance of counsel. Further, Cloyd’s allegations are conclusory, and do not allege sufficient material facts to entitle him to an evidentiary hearing on his claims.


Decided 10/25/22

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