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Last Updated on: 20th October 2023, 04:40 pm
Getting charged with robbing a bank at the federal level is extremely serious and can totally turn your life upside down. I know you’re probably feeling scared and overwhelmed right now. As your attorney, I want to walk you through exactly what these charges mean and what consequences you may be facing. My goal is to educate you so you understand the legal process and make the best decisions for your situation.
First, it’s important to understand what makes robbing a bank a federal crime rather than a state crime. Basically, if the bank is FDIC insured (which most are), it falls under federal jurisdiction. Federal bank robbery charges allow the FBI and federal prosecutors to get involved and pursue harsher punishments compared to state charges.
For you to be convicted of federal bank robbery, prosecutors have to prove these elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
The big thing is prosecutors have to show you used force or threats. Simply slipping a note to a teller demanding money is not enough. You have to use some kind of violence or do something to put the teller in fear.
Now, let’s talk about the penalties you face if convicted of federal bank robbery. Unfortunately, they are harsh. Bank robbery is punished under 18 U.S.C. § 2113 and is considered a felony. Here’s a quick breakdown of the possible sentences:
As you can see, a conviction exposes you to decades behind bars. These penalties are harsher than what you’d face for a state bank robbery charge. And there are other serious consequences….
Beyond a long prison sentence, being convicted of federal bank robbery can ruin your life in other ways:
As you can see, these charges follow you for life and impact every aspect of your future. That’s why we need to start preparing the strongest defense possible against them.
The good news is there are potential defenses we can use to fight these charges. Here are some of the most common strategies:
The evidence against you will determine which defense gives us the best chance at an acquittal or hung jury. I’ll need to review all the discovery to advise the strongest approach. My job is to poke holes in the prosecution’s case and raise reasonable doubt about your guilt.
Given the steep penalties if convicted at trial, we also need to have frank conversations about potential plea agreements. Very few federal bank robbery cases actually go to trial because the risks are so high. I can negotiate with the U.S. Attorney to see if they’ll agree to drop some charges or recommend a lighter sentence in exchange for a guilty plea on your part. This may be the safest resolution depending on the strength of the evidence against you. Going to trial should always be the last resort in federal criminal cases.
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