Have you been charged with a Federal Conspiracy to Commit an Offense or Defraud the United States?

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 Conspiracy 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 sentenced to Federal prison sentences must serve most of their sentence before being 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 40 years. He has handled over 300 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 nine 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 he never prosecuted a single soul during his career.

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

Conspiracy to Commit Offense or to Defraud United States Defense Lawyer Robert Fickman will fight for you

Conspiracy to Commit an Offense or to Defraud the United States is a crime under Federal Law. The Offense is found in 18 United States Code Section 371. This section provides pertinent parts as follows:

If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both

Successfully Defending Federal Conspiracy Charges

I have tried and won different federal conspiracy cases. One defense that works shows no relationship between my client and the other alleged co-conspirators. More precisely, the defense is that my client may have known the alleged conspirators, but he or she never engaged in any agreement with them to break the law. 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.

Here are some examples of winning defenses:

  • I won one conspiracy case by showing my client was simply an employee at a legitimate business, I showed that there was no evidence that my client was aware that the boss was engaged in criminal conduct.
  • I won another conspiracy case where my client dated the primary suspect. I showed that my client had dated the primary suspect in the past. I showed that my client had broken up with the primary suspect before the conspiracy began. I showed that by the time the conspiracy began, she was not in communication with the primary suspect, and as an “ex,” my client would be the last person the primary suspect would trust. In this case, the Government agent took written confessions from two other suspects. He then claimed that my client gave him an oral confession. I attacked his claim at trial and asserted that my client did not confess. I showed that if she had made a confession, like the other two, he would have had her write it down.
  • I won other conspiracy cases by showing that the Government’s snitches, informants, or cooperating defendants were liars and not worthy of the jury’s belief. I demonstrated to the jury that the snitches, informants, or cooperating defendants had lived a life of lies and, therefore, the jury should not believe them. On cross-examination of the snitch, I went through their lives, showing how they had lied for years to everyone, from their mother to their probation officer.

I used a flip chart to chronicle their life of lies. I call it the “List of Lies.” My colleagues like the technique. For years, I have been invited to teach other defense lawyers how to effectively cross-examine snitches, Government informants, and cooperating defendants.

If you or a loved one are charged with Federal Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Or to Defraud the United States, 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.


  • Robert Fickman has been a criminal defense attorney in Houston for 40+ Years.
  • Robert Fickman has handled over 300 Federal Cases.
  • Robert Fickman has kept some clients from being charged in Federal Court.
  • Robert Fickman has obtained the dismissal of some Federal Charges.
  • Robert Fickman has gone to trial in Federal Court and obtained acquittals on all charges for some clients. In 2022, Robert Fickman went to trial in United States v. Rebolledo. Robert Fickman’s client was the ONLY client in the entire case to be acquitted on all charges.
  • 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.
  • Robert Fickman is well-respected by his peers and has received numerous awards.
  • Robert Fickman was the President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA) from 2006-2007.
  • Robert Fickman is a past Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) board member.
  • Robert Fickman serves on the HCCLA and TCDLA Strike Forces, where he is called upon to come to the aid of other criminal defense lawyers.
  • Robert Fickman is an outstanding public speaker. Robert Fickman was on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers “Best of 2010 Speakers”,  “Best of 2014 Speakers ” and “Best of 2022 Speakers Disc.”
  • Robert Fickman was named “Mr. Declaration of Independence.” in the Texas State Bar Journal for his volunteerism.