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 30 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 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.
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 a vast array of 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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