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The Fire Marshalls say the Family Law Center is unsafe. Given the many thousands of people who come through the FLC each month, it has become an extreme fire hazard.
The overcrowding at the Family Law Center, is caused by the same folks that caused the overcrowding at the Criminal Justice Center. Overcrowding at the FLC is caused by the County Criminal Court Judges and no one else.
The County Criminal Court judges mandate that the presumptively innocent accused appear for court approximately once a month. The judges make the accused come to EVERY Setting, including court settings where nothing is likely to occur. By mandating the frequent, unnecessary appearance of the accused at the FLC, The judges are personally responsible for creating the overcrowding and unsafe conditions.
Why do they do this? They do it for the same reason they systematically denied PR bonds. They do it to move their Dockets.
Making the accused come to court every 30 days, wears the accused down. People can only afford to miss so much work. So, after coming to court month after month, for no reason, people are far more likely to wave a white flag and plead guilty.
Causing the accused to come to the FLC every 30 days for court is creating overcrowding, just as it did at the Criminal Justice Center. There is one significant difference: Now the judicially-created overcrowding is endangering the lives of the accused, the lawyers and court staff.
There is an easy solution. The judges can fix the overcrowding overnight. All the County Criminal Court Judges need to do is waive the appearance of the accused at non-critical court settings. That would end the overcrowding at the FLC.
Will the County Criminal Court Judges do the right thing and waive the appearance of the accused at non-critical court settings? NO.
The judges will not waive the appearance of the accused, because that would take the pressure off of the accused to move/plead their cases. That would mean the Judge’s sacred dockets would not move as fast as they want them to move. The judges, apparently, would rather risk lives-our lives- than risk having their dockets not move as fast as they want them to move.
This is wrong.
The client believed to be facing potential Wire Fraud Charges related to SBA PPP loan applications. Investigation of applications for PPP loans and PPP forgiveness demonstrated that the Client had at all times acted in a lawful manner. Investigation demonstrated no fraud was committed by the client. Case closed.
Client was charged by Federal Indictment with making a social media post that threatened Malicious Damage and Destruction of a Building by Means of Fire and Explosives in violation of Federal law. The Defense showed that Client was a law-abiding citizen. The Defense further showed that the alleged threat was not made with any criminal intent.
The client, a public official with a long history of public service, was accused by a former girlfriend of engaging in non-consensual sexual relations. The Defense investigation and analysis showed through a detailed timeline that the allegation made absolutely no sense. Phone records, including calls and texts, were relied on to help establish an accurate timeline. The Defense met with law enforcement and reviewed a detailed package that exonerated the accused.
Client, a Houston area professional who frequently travels for work, was accused by his wife of assaulting her in his family home. Defense showed that wife’s story lacked credibility and there was no physical evidence in support of the wife’s allegation.
The client, a young Black male, was driving his car when police pulled him over for no apparent reason. It looked to be a profile stop. The client was accused of possessing a controlled substance in his vehicle. The Defense showed that there was no lawful basis for the police to stop the Client’s car. The Defense also showed that there was no lawful basis for the search of the Client’s car. It was a bad search, so the seized evidence was not admissible.
Client charged in Federal Indictment In “Operation Wrecking Ball” with 55 named co-defendants. Client faced seven charges. Client was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering. Client was also charged with four counts of Distribution of Cocaine and one count of Money laundering.
Allegations involved client’s alleged use of his home to distribute cocaine. Government’s lengthy investigation involved numerous wiretaps, surveillance, video, pole cams, search warrants, vehicle stops and use of cooperating co-defendants.
Client went to trial with four remaining defendants. After a two-week trial, Judge granted Motion for Acquittal on four of the seven charges. Jury found Client Not Guilty of remaining three charges.
Client charged in Federal Court with two counts of Wire Fraud related to Five SBA EIDL loan applications. The Government alleged the client, a Houston professional, defrauded the Small Business Administration out of over $150,000. The Government also found the intended loss was over half a million dollars. The Client faced up to 20 years in prison on each count. The Defense investigated the case and negotiated a deal that included the Government not opposing a probation. The Federal Guideline calculation was for a prison sentence and the Probation Department recommended a prison sentence. Attorney Fickman submitted a 90 page Defense Sentencing Memorandum asking for Probation.
Client was retired professional. Client was accused of being involved in a road rage incident in 1960 Area. Defense put together a 100 page memorandum that demonstrated complainant was actual aggressor.
Client was accused of touching child. Case involved thousands of pages of psychiatric and Child Protective Services records as well as investigations by multiple police departments. After three- year fight, case dismissed.
Client accused of shoving and knocking down family member causing injury. After investigation, charges were dismissed.
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