Regardless of whether you acted out of desperation or were wrongfully accused, you need to retain the services of a Honolulu criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible if you have been accused of bank robbery. Because most banks are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Protection (FDIC), bank robbery is considered a federal offense. If you are convicted, you could be facing steep fines, a lengthy prison sentence, and life with a criminal record.
The penalties for bank robbery are much harsher when a weapon is used to commit the crime or threats are made against bank tellers. Even handing a written note to a bank teller can be considered a threat. Your case may seem hopeless, especially if there is incriminating evidence against you; however, it is best that you become informed of your options before you simply plead guilty. This could result in a reduction or dismissal of your charges.
Since banks are federal institutions, bank robbery is considered to be a federal offense. This crime is covered under Title 18 § 2113 of the U.S. Code, which states that the severity of the resulting penalties will depend on several different factors—including the value of the stolen property and whether or not a weapon was used. If someone was injured or killed during the commission of the crime, this could also result in enhanced penalties.
Generally speaking, the penalties for bank robbery will include:
At the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC, we have successfully defended thousands of individuals. We are ready and willing to help you too. We realize what a stressful and overwhelming experience it can be to face federal criminal charges, especially if this is your first brush with the law and you have no idea what to expect. We can guide you through the entire process from start to finish, so you can feel at ease knowing that your case is in good hands.
Should you hire our firm, you can benefit from the following:
Have more questions about how we can protect your rights? Contact our office! We are committed to doing everything possible to help you obtain a positive case outcome.