State v. Lentowski

In State v. Lentowski, 212 Wis. 2d 849, 569 N.W.2d 758 (Ct. App. 1997), the defendant was charged with several counts relating to his sexual contact with a child under the age of eighteen. Lentowski was offered a plea by the State. His attorney told him to reject the plea because he had two defenses to the charges. However, one of the defenses was not legally valid; and Lentowski was unable to satisfy the evidentiary requirements for the other. Therefore, the Court concluded that Lentowski had satisfied the deficient performance element of an ineffective assistance of counsel claim. See id. at 854, 569 N.W.2d at 761.