Derrick Chambers v. State of Tennessee

Derrick Chambers v. State of Tennessee

The Petitioner, Derrick Chambers, appeals from the denial of his petition for postconviction relief, wherein he challenged the validity of his guilty plea to attempted first degree murder. On appeal, the Petitioner alleges that he received ineffective assistance from his trial counsel because trial counsel (1) “failed to adequately investigate, or prepare for trial, develop defenses, speak to witnesses, file motions, or meet with the [Petitioner] to prepare for trial”; (2) “failed to object to raise a statutory claim with respect to charging him with attempted murder by using a firearm and employing a firearm in the commission of the same offense”; and (3) coerced him into pleading guilty by providing incorrect advice. The Petitioner further contends that, but for trial “counsel’s ineffective representation,” he “would have received a greatly reduced sentence.” After a thorough review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the postconviction court.

Authoring Judge: 
Judge D. Kelly Thomas, Jr.
Originating Judge: 
Judge Paula Skahan
Date Filed: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018