People
v.
Alicea

Not overruled or negatively treated on appealinfoCoverage
SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Second Judicial DepartmentSep 12, 2018
2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 6024 (N.Y. App. Div. 2018)

2014-06297

09-12-2018

The People of the State of New York, respondent, v. Dave Alicea, appellant.

Paul Skip Laisure, New York, NY (Laura B. Indellicati of counsel), for appellant. Eric Gonzalez, District Attorney, Brooklyn, NY (Leonard Joblove and Howard B. Goodman of counsel), for respondent.


REINALDO E. RIVERA ROBERT J. MILLER HECTOR D. LASALLE, JJ. (Ind. No. 5772/12)

Paul Skip Laisure, New York, NY (Laura B. Indellicati of counsel), for appellant.

Eric Gonzalez, District Attorney, Brooklyn, NY (Leonard Joblove and Howard B. Goodman of counsel), for respondent.

DECISION & ORDER

Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Suzanne M. Mondo, J.), rendered June 17, 2014, convicting him of burglary in the second degree and petit larceny, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

The Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion in denying the defendant's application to substitute counsel. Indigent criminal defendants in New York are constitutionally guaranteed the right to effective representation by assigned counsel (see People v Smith, 18 NY3d 588, 592). "[T]he right to be represented by counsel of one's own choosing is a valued one, and a defendant may be entitled to new assigned counsel upon showing good cause for a substitution, such as a conflict of interest or other irreconcilable conflict with counsel" (People v Sides, 75 NY2d 822, 824 [internal quotation marks omitted]). "In determining whether good cause exists, a trial court must consider the timing of the defendant's request, its effect on the progress of the case and whether present counsel will likely provide the defendant with meaningful assistance" (People v Linares, 2 NY3d 507, 510).

Here, the defendant's dissatisfaction with counsel stemmed from his counsel's advice that he accept the plea offer instead of going to trial. That was an insufficient basis for substitution of counsel (see People v Martin, 41 AD3d 616, 617; People v Schojan, 272 AD2d 932, 933).

The sentence imposed was not excessive (see People v Suitte, 90 AD2d 80).

SCHEINKMAN, P.J., RIVERA, MILLER and LASALLE, JJ., concur. ENTER:

Aprilanne Agostino

Clerk of the Court