Most white collar crimes are charged as violations of federal law, and are tried in federal court. No matter what you’ve heard, it’s harder to be acquitted at the federal level than it is in state court. In 1987, parole was abolished for federal court sentences and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines took effect. If you face white collar criminal charges in federal court, you must take the case very seriously since you may face a long sentence in a federal penitentiary if convicted. Additionally, federal investigations typically last months if not years, employing surveillance, monitoring of financial transactions, wiretaps, and informants. There are also different procedural rules that govern federal trials. As a result, it’s crucial to have an attorney familiar with the federal system and federal criminal investigations representing you.
33 years of White Collar Criminal Defense Experience
I’m Robert Fickman, a criminal defense lawyer in Houston, Texas. In the past 33 years I have defended virtually every kind of white collar criminal case at both the state and federal level. I consult forensic accountants, computer experts, and private investigators when defending my clients. If you’ve been charged with a white collar crime or are currently under investigation, contact white collar crime defense attorney Robert J. Fickman today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.
White Collar Crimes and Criminal Charges
I have counseled and defended clients in white collar crime cases involving the following:
– Conspiracy charges
– Money laundering charges
– RICO/Racketeering charges
– Embezzlement charges
– Fraud charges including but not limited to Federal Mortgage Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Tax Fraud, Medicare Fraud and Bank Fraud
– Political corruption charges
– Foreign Corrupt Practices Charges
– International Gambling
– Federal Investigations and White Collar Crime
The federal government has almost endless resources at their disposal to try white collar allegations. Almost every case will have two federal prosecutors and numerous federal agents from Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service (SS), and other federal agencies. When you are facing a long list of federal charges and a serious prosecution team, I encourage building an even stronger defense team to represent you.
Quite often a white collar criminal case will look insurmountable because the indictments are lengthy. The fact is that the beginning of the case is when things will often look the worst. Stay calm. It took the federal government a long time to build the case, so we need time to build a strong defense. Building a strong defense often involves putting together a defense team, reviewing voluminous documents, interviewing numerous witnesses, and hiring appropriate experts.
Most white collar crimes involve some alleged deception involving money. As we investigate a case, our goal is to build a defense theory, based on the truth and the facts. The defense theory is the heart of every case, whether you are charged with a white collar crime or something else. It is a story that explains all of the facts, from the defense point of view. To win, our defense theory must be stronger and more persuasive than the prosecution’s theory.