Oct. 18, 2022 – In re Tellez (4th Dist., Div. 1, D079716)

Defendant filed a habeas petition alleging his counsel rendered ineffective assistance by failing to advise him before his plea that he could be subject to lifetime commitment under the SVP Act. The Court of Appeal denies the petition, finding that defendant had not stated a prima facie case for relief. The court concludes that advisement of potential SVP Act consequences is not constitutionally required and that the failure to advise of such consequences does not violate prevailing profession norms.