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
For years I railed against the Judiciary’s systematic denial of PR bonds. Mostly, I focused on County courts where I urged the judges to grant more PR bonds on non-violent misdemeanors.
The county court judges assured me that they granted lots of PR bonds even though the FACTS SHOWED DIFFERENT. Annually , the County courts granted PR bonds on less than 10% of cases filed.
For years, I appealed to the courts’ better angels with no success. Ultimately, I predicted that the systematic denial of Pr bonds would only end when the County judges were sued in Federal Court. Last year, as predicted, the County court judges were sued in Federal court.
As an outgrowth of the Federal lawsuit, the abusive behavior of the magistrates was revealed. As a result of the magistrates’ abuse, Senator Whitmire filed Judicial misconduct complaints against 3 of the magistrates.
The Commission on Judicial Conduct held a hearing in Austin on Dec 7, 2017. The Chronicle reports that during this hearing the magistrates testified that
“ they had been told by Harris County criminal court judges they SHOULD NOT grant cash-free bonds or more affordable bond rates. They said they feared they would be fired if they didn’t comply.”(emphasis added).
Now we have the truth on the record. The truth is, as the magistrates testified, that for years THE COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT JUDGES TOLD THE MAGISTRATES NOT TO GRANT PR BONDS.
For years the County Criminal Court Judges Denied their complicity in the systematic denial of PR bonds.Now the truth is out. The County Criminal Court judges were directly responsible for the systematic denial of PR bonds and the perpetuation of the evil “PLEA MILL”.
Sometimes it takes years to get to the truth. But we must persist . Even now the County Criminal Courts continue to spend taxpayer dollars fighting the federal suit.
All the Harris County Criminal Court Judges who were complicit in perpetuating the systematic denial of Pr bonds, will perhaps someday meet their maker. I wish them good luck in explaining to the Good Lord, why they spent years conspiring to trample on the liberty of thousands of poor people so that they might move their dockets.
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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