US v. James Ronald Helms, Jr.
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 3:15-cr-00251-RJC-DCK-1 Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. .. [16-4586]
Pg: 1 of 2
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
JAMES RONALD HELMS, JR.,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, at
Charlotte. Robert J. Conrad, Jr., District Judge. (3:15-cr-00251-RJC-DCK-1)
Submitted: April 28, 2017
Decided: May 23, 2017
Before GREGORY, Chief Judge, and NIEMEYER and HARRIS, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Charles R. Brewer, Asheville, North Carolina, for Appellant. Jill Westmoreland Rose,
United States Attorney, Amy E. Ray, Assistant United States Attorney, Asheville, North
Carolina, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
Pg: 2 of 2
James Ronald Helms, Jr., pled guilty pursuant to a plea agreement to conspiracy to
distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and conspiracy to
distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, both in violation of 21 U.S.C.
§§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B), 846. Helms now appeals, asserting that his trial counsel rendered
Helms contends that his trial counsel failed to object to the insufficient indictment
and erred in executing a plea agreement in which Helms pled guilty to conspiracy charges
that did not identify a coconspirator. However, claims of ineffective assistance of counsel
should be raised—if at all—in a 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2012) motion rather than on direct
appeal, unless the appellate record conclusively demonstrates that counsel rendered
ineffective assistance. United States v. Faulls, 821 F.3d 502, 507-08 (4th Cir. 2016).
Because the record does not conclusively establish ineffective assistance of counsel, see
Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 687 (1984) (providing standard), we decline to
review this claim on direct appeal.
Accordingly, because Helms presents no issue suitable for review, we dismiss the
appeal. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are
adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?