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
Harris County’s history re Bail reform is a disgrace. I spent 20 years fighting it. It took a federal lawsuit and an election defeat of all the Republican County criminal court judges to reform the misdemeanor system. The county was on the wrong side of history. Harris County spent $10 million dollars trying to perpetuate its vile systematic denial of Pr bonds on misdemeanors.
Bail reform is still needed on felony cases. If a person is charged with murder and they have money, they can make bond. If a person is charged with murder and they have no money they remain in jail. Why? Because in this county money still buys Liberty and that is wrong and indefensible. Release On bond should not be contingent on whether you are rich or poor, but it is.
The ability to get out of the jail and avoid the serious health risk posed by Covid is still based on money. If you are charged with a crime of violence and you have money you can make bond and go home and ride out the pandemic in the safety of your home. But If you are charged with a crime of violence and you are poor, you are forced to stay in the jail. You are forced to ride out the pandemic in the overcrowded, unsanitary jail with its notorious track record of providing inadequate if any health care. If you are charged with a non-capital crime and you are poor and stuck in jail, you may contract Covid and pay with your life-not for any crime, but because you are poor.
The rich get to go home and live in safety. The poor, well apparently their lives are expendable.
Granting PR bonds would allow the poor to go home to try to survive the pandemic. The steadfast refusal to accord the poor the same chance of survival as the rich is wrong. All arguments to the contrary, do not change wrong to right.
Robb Fickman, Houston
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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