I’m Robert Fickman, a criminal defense attorney in Houston, Texas. Over the past [bizstart] years, I have defended many people charged with homicide, ranging from people charged with murder to people charged with manslaughter or negligent homicide.
In 2007 I won a highly publicized case involving a bus driver, State v. Cook. In this case, a school bus driver accidentally hit and killed a young girl when she got in a blind spot. He was charged with murder, manslaughter, and negligent homicide at various times. After a year of fighting, we went to trial on the manslaughter charge and obtained a not-guilty verdict from the jury.
Many of the homicide cases I handle involve clients who have been charged with manslaughter or negligent homicide. The Harris County District Attorney’s office now has a section that specifically investigates deaths caused by vehicular accidents. Too often, the state takes a tragic accident and charges someone with a crime. You may find yourself in this awful situation.
The people who seem most likely to be charged with negligent or vehicular homicide as a result of an accident are commercial drivers, including truck drivers and bus drivers. Everyday drivers are also not safe from such charges.
In my opinion, to develop a strong defense, you must first recognize the realities of our criminal justice system. In my opinion, in reality, the presumption of innocence does not exist. In this country, anyone accused of a serious crime is presumed guilty by the public. You must be prepared to prove your innocence to stand a chance. As your lawyer, my job is to do my best to develop a strong defense to prove your innocence. As your lawyer, my job is to do my best to win your case by proving your innocence.
To develop a successful defense, I may hire experts to reconstruct the accident and fully evaluate how it happened. The state’s evaluation is often one-sided and incorrect. They start with the conclusion that the accused was negligent or reckless and try to make the facts fit that conclusion. As your lawyer, I will do everything in my power to keep you from being convicted of a crime for what was, in reality, an honest accident.
A SUMMARY OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY ROBERT FICKMAN’S CREDENTIALS
Robert Fickman has been a criminal defense attorney in Houston for 38 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.
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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