Bank Robbery is a serious criminal offense with federal implications. If you’re facing criminal charges in connection with bank robbery, Attorney Mark W. Bennett may be able to help you. Our defense team may be able to help you avoid the worst of sentencing if you’re found guilty, and that’s if we don’t beat the charge. If you’re innocent of the accusations we may be able to beat the charge outright.
Attorney Mark W. Bennett is a highly experienced criminal-defense lawyer who normally appears in state and federal courts to advocate for our clients. To contact Attorney Mark Bennett about your legal options when facing federal criminal charges, call our office at 713-224-1747.
Federal Bank Robbery Charges Are Serious
It’s Best to Secure Legal Representation Immediately
In general, all financial institutions in the United States are insured by either the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or the National Credit Union Association (NCUA). When a bank robbery occurs the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will investigate as they have exclusive jurisdiction in bank robbery cases.
Anyone the FBI suspects of being involved in the planning or execution of the robbery of a bank, credit union, or other financial institution will face prosecution by the United States District Attorney’s Office.
Federal prosecutors take bank robbery very seriously, making it important to retain competent legal counsel the second you think you may be charged with any federal offense, including bank robbery.
The Federal Bank Robbers List
A Federal Push To Rally Snitches
The FBI has also implemented a new website that’s loosely referred to as the Federal Bank Robbers List, which attempts to rally public assistance in identifying photos and video of “accused” bank robbers in action.
If you see yourself on that website, and know you can be identified, it’s advisable to seek legal counsel. It’s best to retain an attorney long before charges are filed against you.
Taking a pre-legal approach may help you protect yourself from potential criminal charges that may be coming down the pipeline, not to mention unlawful evidence collection.
Federal Criminal Penalties for Bank Robbery
Non-Aggravated Bank Robbery
Bank robbery cases are prosecuted differently based on two factors; the amount of money stolen and if there are any aggravating factors involved like threats, the brandishing of a weapon, or if a person was killed or injured during the coarse of the bank robbery and/or during the escape.
If a person robbed a bank or credit union for less than $1,000.00, with no aggravating factors and are convicted, they could be out of jail in 1 year of less. If more than $1,000.00 was stolen the penalty could involve a prison sentence that can last up to 10 years.
Aggravated Bank Robbery
Regardless of the amount stolen, if there are aggravating factors involved, and if the defendant is convicted, their penalty will be assessed under Federal Class C Felony guidelines which can result in a prison sentence of up to 20 years. If a weapon was involved, the offense is enhanced to a Class B Felony which carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years.
If a person was killed during the coarse of the robbery they’ll face the death penalty.
Need a Lawyer for Federal Bank Robbery Defense?
Houston Attorney Mark Bennett Will Fight For You
As a Board Certified® criminal-law attorney, Mark Bennett is among the best trained and most strenuously vetted lawyers in Texas.
When it comes to defending people facing federal prosecution, attorney Mark Bennett will appear almost anywhere in the United States to fight for the rights and of the accused, and to protect them from unfair prosecution.
Lots of time goes in to preparing complex defense strategies for complex cases. If we determine that we don’t have the time to put our best foot forward for you, we’ll carefully refer your case to one of our esteemed colleagues that you can trust.
To contact Bennett & Bennett or Attorney Mark W. Bennett, please call our office at 713-224-1747. We’re here to help.