PEOPLE of the State of New York, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. Angel MARTINEZ, Defendant-Appellant.
We reject the contention of defendant that he was denied effective assistance of counsel. Upon our review of the evidence, the law, and the circumstances of this case, viewed in totality and as of the time of the representation, we conclude that defendant received meaningful representation (see, People v. Rivera, 71 N.Y.2d 705, 708-709, 530 N.Y.S.2d 52, 525 N.E.2d 698; People v. Baldi, 54 N.Y.2d 137, 147, 444 N.Y.S.2d 893, 429 N.E.2d 400). Indeed, three of the four alleged instances of ineffective assistance were caused by defendant's absence from the trial.
Judgment unanimously affirmed.