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People v. Bussey, 079797

Vacated in part; affirmed in part; and remanded. Defendant was found guilty by a jury of the unauthorized taking or driving a vehicle and receiving a stolen vehicle. On appeal, the defendant claims trial court ignored his pretrial request to act in propria persona and that his felony convictions should have been deemed misdemeanors because of the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. The appeals court held that a defendant must make an unequivocal request before trial to represent himself or waives the issue; the unauthorized taking of a vehicle worth less than $950 is subject to a redesignation of his offense. Defendant did not make an unequivocal request and thus waived. There was no finding of the vehicles worth and the unauthorized taking or driving a vehicle is reversed and sentence vacated. In all other aspects the judgment is affirmed.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/06/27


  • Butz


  • California Court of Appeal