Without the benefit of a plea bargain, Appellant entered a plea of guilty to possession of marihuana. Robuck v. State, 974 S.W.2d 287 (Tex. App.--San Antonio, 1998). Before Appellant entered his plea, the trial court denied Appellant's pre-trial motions to suppress. Appellant appealed. Citing to Shallhorn v. State, 732 S.W.2d 636 (Tex. Crim. App. 1987) and Helms v. State, 484 S.W.2d 925 (Tex. Crim. App. 1972), the Court of Appeals held that because Appellant entered his plea with the understanding that he could appeal the trial court's ruling on his motion to suppress, his plea was not entered voluntarily. Id., at 287. The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded. The State filed a petition for discretionary review.
This Court has recently re-examined the "Helms Rule." Young v. State, 8 S.W.3d 656 (Tex. Crim. App. 2000). The Court of Appeals did not have the benefit of this Court's decision in Young when it issued its opinion. The State's petition for discretionary review is therefore granted. We vacate the Court of Appeals' judgment and remand this cause for reconsideration in light of Young.
DELIVERED JUNE 28, 2000