Have you been charged with a Federal Bank Robbery?
Federal Criminal Charges Can Cost You Your Career and Your Freedom.
You need a Criminal Defense Lawyer that you can Trust to Fight to get you the Best Possible Outcome.
Being investigated or charged with any Federal offense can be shocking. You may feel angry, upset, or scared. All of these reactions are normal. I have represented over 300 clients in Federal Court. I understand what you are going through. I know how important your freedom and career are to you and your family. With so much at stake, you want a lawyer who understands what you are going through. You also want a lawyer who knows how best to fight the Federal Government. Finally, you want a lawyer who will do everything in his power to achieve the best possible result for you and your family. That is what I do in every case. I work hard to get the best possible outcome for my client and their family.
Federal Bank Robbery is a Serious Federal Offense
All Federal crimes are serious. Federal law enforcement authorities have vast resources at their disposal to investigate and prosecute. Federal sentencing is often harsh. There is no parole in the Federal system. Those who are sentenced to Federal prison sentences have to serve most of their sentence before they are released. Federal probation is very difficult to obtain. People under investigation or charged with any Federal offense must fight to protect their liberty.
Houston criminal defense lawyer Robert Fickman has defended clients in federal court for over 39 years. He has handled over 275 federal cases. He has stopped federal charges from being filed. He has gotten federal charges dismissed. He has tried and won federal jury trials and federal bench trials. His longest federal trial lasted 9 weeks and his client was acquitted on all charges. Houston criminal defense lawyer Robert Fickman has spent his entire career defending people. Robert Fickman is proud that during his career he never prosecuted a single soul.
Here are some of my recent successful Federal case outcomes:
2019 Charge: Federal Kidnapping, (United States v. L.S.) Result: Not Guilty
2019 Charge: Federal Theft of Public Money & Healthcare Fraud (United States v. S.N.) Result: Probation, No Jail time
2018 Charge: Federal Income Tax Evasion, (United States v. T.J.) Result: Probation, No Jail time
2018 Charge: Federal Terroristic Threat, (United States v. J.M.) Result: Stopped charges from being Filed
2017 Charge: Federal Bankruptcy Fraud, (United States v. D.R.) Result: Probation, No Jail time
2017 Charge: Impersonating a Federal Agent, (United States v. T.L.) Result: Stopped Charges from being Filed
2014 Charges: Drug Conspiracy & Possession of a Firearm by Illegal Alien, (United States v. A.R.F.) Result: All charges Dismissed
Federal Bank Robbery Defense Lawyer Robert Fickman will fight for you
Bank Robbery is a crime under Federal Law. The Offense is found in 18 United States Code Section 2113. This section provides pertinent part as follows:
Whoever, by force and violence, or by intimidation, takes, or attempts to take, from the person or presence of another, or obtains or attempts to obtain by extortion any property or money or any other thing of value belonging to, or in the care, custody, control, management, or possession of, any bank, credit union, or any savings and loan association; or
Whoever enters or attempts to enter any bank, credit union, or any savings and loan association, or any building used in whole or in part as a bank, credit union, or as a savings and loan association, with intent to commit in such bank, credit union, or in such savings and loan association, or building, or part thereof, so used any felony affecting such bank, credit union, or such savings and loan association and in violation of any statute of the United States, or any larceny-
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
Successfully Defending Federal Bank Robbery Charges
I have defended individuals charged with bank robbery or conspiracy to commit bank robbery. There are several potential defenses to these charges. Knowing people who engaged in a bank robbery does not make one guilty of participating in a conspiracy to commit bank robbery. One can know someone without conspiring with them to break the law. One can be around someone conspiring to break the law without joining in the conspiracy. Under the law, Mere Presence is not enough to make someone guilty of participating in a federal conspiracy to commit bank robbery.
The Government has a vast array of tools to prove someone is guilty of a bank robbery. They may attempt to use surveillance video, eyewitness identifications, and cellular phone tracking. All of these law enforcement tools can be challenged. For instance, eyewitnesses are often mistaken. Robberies occur very quickly, witnesses are under stress, and it is more than possible that they might identify the wrong person as having participated in the robbery.
In almost every Bank robbery case, the Government will charge the accused with Bank Robbery and the Use of a Firearm during a crime of violence. In other words, the Government will charge the accused with Robbery and a separate gun count. The gun count is very serious. If one is convicted of the gun count, the sentence for the gun count is stacked on top of any sentence for the robbery county. The potential time a person can get depends on whether the charge involves possessing, brandishing or discharging the firearm. These charges are very serious.
If you or a loved one are charged with Bank Robbery or Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery, and you want an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer who will fight for you and your family, contact Houston criminal defense lawyer Robert Fickman today. Schedule an appointment today with Houston criminal defense Lawyer Robert Fickman. Call him at 713-655-7400.
A SUMMARY OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY ROBERT FICKMAN’S CREDENTIALS
Robert Fickman has been a criminal defense attorney in Houston for 40+ Years.
Robert Fickman has handled and won many cases in State and Federal Court.
Robert Fickman has argued many cases before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Robert Fickman has had an AV Rating (the highest rating) with Martindale Hubbell for over 20 years.
Robert Fickman has been named a “Texas Super Lawyer” since 2015.
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.
FEDERAL CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE AND CONSPIRACY TO MONEY LAUNDER
Not Guilty (C.R.)
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 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.
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