The Legal and Financial Consequences of a Texas Identity Theft Conviction
Identity theft is a serious crime that involves stealing someone’s “Identifying information” to commit fraud or otRead More
Today we Honor a truly great man.
For a text of Dr. King’s ” I Have a Dream Speech”, as delivered, please look at Mark Bennett’s award winning Blog, “Defending People”.
Mark, is a good friend and an outstanding Houston criminal defense lawyer and a past president of the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Mark and I are both outspoken and we have joked in the past about how we will likely be cellies at some point. I admire Mark’s intellect and his courage in speaking out against the injustices in our system. Mark is not afraid to name names. His service to our community is extraordinarily important. As a friend, Mark has also been instumental in helping me get started in the blog world. Each year Mark publishes the full test of Dr. King’s ” I Have a Dream Speech”. If you want to watch Dr. King’s speech, here is the youtube link.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Dr. King is an American Hero. He stood up against the status quo. He stood up against racial discrimination, the Klan, racist cops, racist politicians, racist laws, a racist society, the Vietnam War and poverty. Dr. King is one of the bravest Americans who ever lived.
I have a photo of Dr. King shaking hands with my brother in law, attorney Ronnie Cohen. The photo is in my office. Dr. King had come to Houston for a rally. Ronnie was in his early twenties when he went to the rally. Ronnie, who is a very decent good-hearted man, knew the rally organizers and he sought an opportunity to meet Dr. King. You can see in the photo their handshake and the fact they are looking each other square in the eye. Ronnie and Dr. King are both leaning forward. I asked Ronnie what it was like meeting Dr. King in that crowded hall so many years ago.
Ronnie said that when he shook hands with Dr. King, there was an instant connection. Dr King greeted him warmly and it was if there was no other person in the hall. Dr. King took the time and had the ability to make Ronnie feel special. There was a natural warmth, humanity that Dr. King exuded. In recalling the meeting, Ronnie made it clear, that brief encounter had meant a lot to Ronnie.
A couple of years ago I was in Memphis delivering a speech at a National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Seminar. While I was in Memphis, I took the time to go to the National Civil Rights Museum. The Museum is in what used to be the Loraine Motel. While there I bought a collection of Dr. King’s speeches. The CD’s with the speeches are in my car. Whenever I am on the highway I listen to the speeches. Dr. King’s ” I Have a Dream Speech” was forshadowed in many of his previous speeches. Themes, cadence, words were very similar. But Dr. King’s sixteen minute ” I Have a Dream” Speech is unrivaled in its eloquence and power. Dr. King departed from his written speech and spoke from the heart. He was the last speaker at the rally on the mall. And that is a good thing. No one could have followed him. While I was at the Museum I bought a black rubber wrist bracelet. I have worn it ever since as a daily reminder of the struggle that goes on.
Dr. King was just a man, but he was a rare man. He was brave, eloquent, outspoken and driven by an unrivaled moral compass. Today, I hope we all take a moment to remember Dr. King. He helped change America for the better and he lost his life as result of his efforts. God bless Dr. King, the King family, and God bless all who fought side by side with him and all who carry the torch.
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.
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.
Client accused of shoving and knocking down family member causing injury. After investigation, charges were dismissed.
Client was accused of knocking disruptive student against the wall. Videotape of incident was obtained. Witnessed located and interviewed. On the day of trial, case was dismissed
Identity theft is a serious crime that involves stealing someone’s “Identifying information” to commit fraud or other illegal activities. “Identifying information” includes:
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