Have you been charged with Federal Theft of Mail Matter by Officer or Employee?

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 Theft of Mail Matter by Officer or Employee 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

Theft of Mail Matter by Officer or Employee Defense Attorney Defense Attorney Robert Fickman will fight for you

Theft of Mail Matter by an Officer or Employee is a crime under Federal Law. The Offense is found in 18 United States Code Section 1709. This section provides pertinent parts as follows:

Whoever, being a Postal Service officer or employee, embezzles any letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail, or any article or thing contained therein entrusted to him or which comes into his possession intended to be conveyed by mail, or carried or delivered by any carrier, messenger, agent, or other person employed in any department of the Postal Service, or forwarded through or delivered from any post office or station thereof established by authority of the Postmaster General or of the Postal Service; or steals, abstracts, or removes from any such letter, package, bag, or mail, any article or thing contained therein, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years of both.

Successfully Defending Theft of Mail Matter by Officer or Employee Charges

I have received numerous referrals from letter carrier Unions and union stewards over the years.

I have successfully defended letter carriers and postal employees investigated for or charged with theft of mail matter. Postal Inspectors use various techniques to investigate employees suspected of stealing mail. Postal Inspectors frequently engage in surveillance of letter carriers who are suspected of stealing mail. Video cameras inside and outside post offices aid in the surveillance. Sometimes, Inspectors will place a dummy package on a letter carrier’s case. The dummy package will be made to appear to contain something of value. The dummy package may also contain a beeper device that sends a signal to the Postal inspectors if and when the dummy package is open. Postal inspectors can be very aggressive in their investigations. Postal Employees have the same rights as any other citizen to consult with counsel.

One of my first federal trials involved defending a letter carrier accused of theft of mail. In that case, the postal inspectors put a dummy package with a beeper on my client’s work case. The package was made to look like it contained jewelry. The inspectors then foolishly went to their car outside the building to wait and see if the beeper had gone off. Through my investigation, I learned the inspectors could have used an observation booth to watch my client’s case and mail. When the beeper went off, the inspectors were outside. They presumed my client opened the dummy package because it was on his case. During that trial, I showed that the inspectors never saw my client open the dummy package. I showed that in the station, there would have been many people who would have had access to my client’s case and the dummy package. I also showed that my client delivered the opened package with the contents still inside to the correct address. The jury agreed with me that the Government failed to prove its case, and they found my client NOT GUILTY.

United States v. Guillory, 4:1986 CR-300

If you or a loved one are charged with Federal Theft of Mail Matter by Officer or Employee and 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 he 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 Board Member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA).
  • 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.