Defending Against Texas DWI Charges: Strategies to Protect Your Rights
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I have practiced law in Harris county for 38 years. For most of those years the judiciary was comprised of extremely pro-prosecution judges.
The District Attorneys Office now has the Audacity, the Unmitigated gall to attack a judge for alleged defense bias?!?
Consider the mind-boggling, extraordinary hypocrisy of the the HARRIS COUNTY DAO:
1. The DAO never complained against any of the many Judges who for decades had overt pro-prosecution bias. Why would the DAO complain against these judges when these judges did whatever the DAO wanted? They wouldn’t. We referred to these pro- prosecution judges as the “Judicial Branch of the DAO”!!
The Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, HCCLA, complained about the Pro-prosecution biased judges. The DAO was mute, happy to have biased judges as long as the bias was in the DAO’s favor.
2. The DAO never complained against any of the many judges who for years illegally and unethically revoked defendant’s bonds for not hiring counsel;
HCCLA, not the DAO, filed judicial misconduct complaints against these unethical judges and the DAO was mute!!!!
(I hand-delivered the first such complaint on behalf of HCCLA against Judge Joan Campbell and DAO? They were silent)
3. The DAO Never complained against any of the many judges who for decades, in cahoots with the bondsmen, systematically denied PR bonds to the poorest among us; HCCLA members , myself included, publicly challenged the judges practices of systematically denying PR bonds. And the DAO? The DAO remained mute.
It took a Federal lawsuit and an election to bring bail reform to Harris County. And where was the sanctimonious DAO regarding bail reform??!
The DAO Openly OPPOSED BAIL REFORM.
The DAO has a double standard. The DAO does not mind biased judges, as long as the judges’ bias is pro-prosecution.
Apparently, the DAO cannot stomach judges who are independent and not pro-prosecution
We are supposed to have neutral and detached judges. That is not what the DAO wants. The DAO wants to go back to the BAD OLD DAYS when all we had was pro-prosecution judges. That is precisely why the DAO drafted & encouraged Assistant DAS to run for office against our fair-minded sitting judiciary.
The DAO did not mind pro-prosecution bias. The DAO did not mind judges illegally revoking defendants’ bonds for not hiring counsel. The DAO did not mind the judiciary’s systematic denial of PR bonds. Once again, as so many times before, in its current actions, the DAO is taking the lowest possible moral ground.
The client believed to be facing potential Wire Fraud Charges related to SBA PPP loan applications. Investigation of applications for PPP loans and PPP forgiveness demonstrated that the Client had at all times acted in a lawful manner. Investigation demonstrated no fraud was committed by the client. Case closed.
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 Government also found the intended loss was over half a million dollars. 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.
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