Houston White Collar Crimes Lawyer
Most white-collar crimes are charged as violations of federal law and are tried in federal court. No matter what you’ve heard, it’s harder to be acquitted at the federal level than in state court. In 1987, parole was abolished for federal court sentences, and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines took effect. If you face white-collar criminal charges in federal court, you must take the case seriously since you may face a long sentence in a federal penitentiary if convicted. Additionally, federal investigations typically last months, if not years, employing surveillance and monitoring of financial transactions, wiretaps, and informants. Different procedural rules govern federal trials. As a result, it’s crucial to have an attorney familiar with the federal system and federal criminal investigations representing you.
39+ years of White Collar Criminal Defense Experience
I’m Robert Fickman, a criminal defense lawyer in Houston, Texas. In the past 39+ years, I have defended virtually every kind of white-collar criminal case at both the state and federal levels. I consult forensic accountants, computer experts, and private investigators when defending my clients. If you’ve been charged with a white-collar crime or are currently under investigation, contact white-collar crime defense attorney Robert J. Fickman today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.
White Collar Crimes and Criminal Charges
I have counseled and defended clients in white-collar crime cases involving the following:
- Conspiracy charges
- Money laundering charges
- RICO/Racketeering charges
- Embezzlement charges
- Fraud charges including but not limited to Federal Mortgage Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Tax Fraud, Medicare Fraud, and Bank Fraud
- Political corruption charges
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Charges
- International Gambling
- Federal Investigations and White Collar Crime
The federal government has almost endless resources to try white-collar allegations. Almost every case will have two federal prosecutors and numerous federal agents from Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service (SS), and other federal agencies. When facing a long list of federal charges and a serious prosecution team, I encourage building an even stronger defense team to represent you.
Often, a white-collar criminal case will look insurmountable because of the lengthy indictments. The fact is that the beginning of the case is when things will often look the worst. Stay calm. It took the federal government a long time to build the case, so we need time to build a strong defense. Building a strong defense often involves putting together a defense team, reviewing voluminous documents, interviewing numerous witnesses, and hiring appropriate experts.
Most white-collar crimes involve some alleged deception involving money. As we investigate a case, we aim to build a defense theory based on the truth and the facts. The defense theory is the heart of every case, whether you are charged with a white-collar crime or something else. It is a story that explains all of the facts from the defense’s point of view. To win, our defense theory must be stronger and more persuasive than the prosecution’s theory.
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.
- 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.
- Robert Fickman is an outstanding public speaker. Robert Fickman was on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers “Best of 2010 Speakers” and “Best of 2014 “Speakers Disk.”
- Robert Fickman was named “Mr. Declaration of Independence.” in the Texas State Bar Journal for his volunteerism.