Have you been charged with the Federal Felony Offense of Making a Material False Statement to a Federal Agent?

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.

Making a Material False Statement to a Federal Agent Bank 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

Making a False Statement to a Federal Agent Defense Lawyer Robert Fickman will fight for you

Making a Material False Statement to a Federal Agent is a crime under Federal Law. The Offense is found in 18 United States Code Section 1001. This section provides pertinent parts as follows:

Whoever in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative or judicial branch of the Government of the United States knowingly and willfully-

(1) Falsifies, conceals or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) Makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) Makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any material false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;

shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years. The statute provides up to 8 years imprisonment if the matter relates to domestic or international terrorism.

Successfully Defending Making A False Statement to a Federal Agent Charges

Federal agents will often seek to interview individuals suspected of a federal crime. The best way to avoid being charged with Making a False Statement to an agent is to retain counsel when one learns they are under investigation. When I am retained, I contact the Agent to see what they want to interview my client about. I find out if my client is a “target” of a criminal investigation, a” person of interest,” or a witness. I will then do a full interview with my client. Each case must be carefully considered and analyzed. If my client is a target of an investigation, I may determine that it is in his or her best interest to make no statement to the agents.

On the other hand, If I am convinced my client has done nothing wrong, I may advise my client to meet with the agents and answer their questions truthfully. If my client meets with the agents, I am always present to protect the client. I stress to my client that they should lie to the agents under no circumstances. Lying to the agents will get them charged with Making a False Statement. If they lie, they will only harm themselves. The Federal agents are very smart; most of the time, they already know the answer to their questions. Those who think they can outsmart federal agents are gravely mistaken. The agents are intelligent, well-trained, and well-prepared for any interview. A client should never meet with and lie to agents. If telling the truth will incriminate the client, I simply decline to let my client participate in the interview. If a client keeps his mouth shut, he cannot be charged with making a false statement.

If you or a loved one are charged with Making a Material False Statement to a Federal Agent 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.