The Legal and Financial Consequences of a Texas Identity Theft Conviction
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There are those Who assert among other falsehoods that there is a war against Christianity in this country. There is no war against Christianity.
There is a war, but It’s a war of the Christian Right against the rest of us. It is a war of the Christian Right to turn this Country into a Theocracy. The far Right is waging the war against the rest of America. The sooner the rest of us realize this war is ongoing, the better.
There are those in the Christian Right that pronounce that this country was founded on the beliefs of Christianity. In their attempts to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of us, they routinely assert this country is a Christian country. They claim this was the Founders’ intent.
The Religious Right is perpetrating a giant lie. In fact this country was not founded on the beliefs of Christianity. One need look no further than the words of our Founding Fathers to find the truth.
Our Founding Fathers spoke of the importance of seperation of church and state to the preservation of our liberty and our Republic. They warned of the Extreme Danger of religious encroachments on our Government.
Our Founding Fathers were bold men. They did not shy away from subjects of great import. They were very clear in their shared belief in Seperation of Church and State.
Here are our Founding Fathers words:
“The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion.“- George Washington
“In no instance have… the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.” -James Madison
“Strongly guarded as is the separation between religion and government in the Constitution of the United States the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies, may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history.” -James Madison
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.” -James Madison
“History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.” –Thomas Jefferson
“Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.” -Thomas Jefferson
“But a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandizing their oppressors in Church and State.” -Thomas Jefferson
“Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all His laws.” -John Adams
Our Founders were clear. In this Country, Seperation of Church and state is paramount. We would do well to remember the actual words of our Founders. Our Founders’ clear intent was to maintain a separation of church and state. It’s our duty to maintain that separation. We must fight fanatical attempts to turn our Republic into a Theocracy.
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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