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Williams v. State

Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee, Jackson

January 12, 2015

ALEXA WILLIAMS A.K.A. ELIZABETH WILLIAMSEL
v.
STATE OF TENNESSEE

Assigned on Briefs October 21, 2014 at Knoxville

Appeal from the Circuit Court for Carroll County No. 14CR29 Donald E. Parish, Judge

Alexa Williams a.k.a. Elizabeth Williams El, pro se, Huntington, Tennessee, as the appellant.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Senior Counsel; Hansel J. McCadams, District Attorney General; and R. Adam Jowers, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Robert L. Holloway, Jr., J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which James Curwood Witt, Jr., and D. Kelly Thomas, Jr., JJ., joined.

OPINION

ROBERT L. HOLLOWAY, JR., JUDGE

Factual and Procedural Background

A Carroll County Grand Jury indicted the Appellant on ten traffic offenses in Case No. 14CR29. The Appellant proceeded to a jury trial on February 3, 2014. The jury convicted her on each count and set the fine. The trial court entered judgments on each count, sentencing the Appellant as follows:

Count No.

Offense

Offense Date

Fine

Sentence

1

Speeding

July 17, 2013

$50 none

2

Driving without a valid license

July 17, 2013

$50

30 days

3

Violation of registration law

July 17, 2013

$10

30 days

4

Violation of financial responsibility law

July 17, 2013

$100

none

5

Driving without a valid license

August 18, 2013

$50

30 days

6

Violation of registration law

August 18, 2013

$10

30 days

7

Violation of financial responsibility law

August 18, 2013

$100

none

8

Driving without a valid license

August 19, 2013

$50

none

9

Violation of registration law

August 19, 2013

$10 30

days

10

Violation of financial responsibility law

August 19, 2013

$100

none

The trial court ordered the sentences to be served concurrently, and the Appellant appealed raising three issues.

Analysis

We will address separately each issue as it appears in "Statement of the Issue [sic] Presented for Review" in the Appellant's brief.[1]

"1. Whether the trial court erred in setting the bond at $15, 000?"

The Appellant asks that the "trial court's decision be reversed and discharged with prejudice based on the court [sic] error in issuing an excessive bail." The Appellant did not file a written motion seeking to alter the conditions for her release prior to her conviction as is required by Tennessee Rule of Appellate Procedure 8. State v. Melson, 638 S.W. 342 (Tenn. 1982). The issue of pre-trial bail is therefore waived because it was not raised until after trial, and the "appeal of this ...


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