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In Harris County for years the misdemeanor judges systematically denied pr bonds. On misdemeanors they granted pr bonds on less than 10% of all Cases. Poor people, unable to make surety bonds and denied pr bonds, were stuck in jail on misdemeanors. Daily, the poor would be brought to our 15 misdemeanor courts and presented with a Hobsons Choice- plead guilty and get out or plead not guilty and stay in. What did they do? For years the poor in this county pled guilty to misdemeanors to obtain their liberty. The Harris County misdemeanor judges knew Exactly what they were doing. This was all quite purposeful. The judges knew that by systematically denying pr bonds to the poor, they would corner the poor into pleading guilty. I called it the “Plea Mill”. The judges motive was obvious. They wanted to move their docket and it worked. For years, to no avail, I lobbied the misdemeanor judges to grant more pr bonds. In 2013, I sent a letter to all 15 Harris county criminal court judges. I urged them to grant more pr bonds on non-violent misdemeanors. http://fickmanlaw.com/2013/11/harris-county-texas-where-the-innocent-must-plead-guilty-to-regain-their-liberty/
The judges response to my letter? Most ignored it, some offered lame excuses while others mocked me. How dare I question their foul system. Perhaps the misdemeanor judges should have heeded my call. Last year All of the Harris County Criminal Court Judges were finally sued in Federal Court for their systematic denial of pr bonds. The Honorable Lee Rosenthal ruled for the plaintiffs and issued sweeping orders mandating that the judges grant more pr bonds. The judges are still resistant and the matter is not yet over. I wonder, why don’t the judges at long last just do the right thing??? Haven’t enough poor people suffered.
Robb Fickman, Houston
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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