Justices suspend Indianapolis attorney for felony drug possession conviction

An Indianapolis attorney has been suspended from the practice of law after he was found guilty of a felony drug offense.

Indiana Supreme Court justices ordered for the immediate suspension of Indianapolis attorney Grant Helms Thursday, preventing him from practicing law in the state.

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, pursuant to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(11.1)(a), filed a “Notice of Finding of Guilt and Request for Suspension,” requesting that Helms be suspended pending further order of the court or final resolution of any resulting disciplinary action.

Its request comes after Helms was found guilty of Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine, sentenced as a Class A misdemeanor.

“Respondent is ordered to fulfill the duties of a suspended attorney under Admission and Discipline Rule 23(26). The interim suspension shall continue until further order of this Court or final resolution of any resulting disciplinary action, provided no other suspension is in effect,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush wrote for the divided court.

All justices concurred except for Justice Geoffrey Slaughter, who would have denied the commission’s request for interim suspension. This is Helms’ first disciplinary action, according to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys.

According to Helms’ LinkedIn page, he has been a self-employed attorney since 2017. Before that, he was a deputy attorney general and an attorney for Indiana Disability Rights.

The case is In the Matter of: Grant E. Helms, 21S-DI-130.

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