UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee v. Veronica RAMOS, Defendant-Appellant
The attorney appointed to represent Veronica Ramos has moved for leave to withdraw and has filed a brief in accordance with Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967), and United States v. Flores, 632 F.3d 229 (5th Cir. 2011). Ramos has filed a response. We have reviewed counsel’s brief and the relevant portions of the record reflected therein, as well as Ramos’s response. We concur with counsel’s assessment that the appeal presents no nonfrivolous issue for appellate review. Ramos largely complains that she received ineffective assistance of counsel during her sentencing. Although her guilty plea reserved her right to raise such a challenge, ineffective-assistance claims are appropriately raised on collateral review under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, not direct appeal. Massaro v. United States, 538 U.S. 500, 504-06, 123 S.Ct. 1690, 155 L.Ed.2d 714 (2003).
Accordingly, counsel’s motion for leave to withdraw is GRANTED, counsel is excused from further responsibilities herein, and the APPEAL IS DISMISSED. See 5th Cir. R. 42.2.
PER CURIAM: * FN* Pursuant to 5th Cir. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5th Cir. R. 47.5.4.