Bank robbery is a federal crime and can carry some substantial penalties if the accused is convicted. There is a distinct difference between a bank burglary and a bank robbery. When a bank is burglarized it is closed, and there are no employees or members of the general public present. In the specific case of a bank robbery, the accused has attempted to steal from a bank when bank representatives and members of the general public are present. Because the persons inside of the bank are threatened or subjected to force, intimidation and violence, the charge of bank robbery is typically regarded as more serious by federal prosecutors.
Texas State Bar Certified Specialist For Criminal Law
Anyone who has been accused of robbing a bank should secure the services of a criminal defense attorney to help solidify a defense and a strategy to counter the charges levied against them. With offices in New Braunfels and San Antonio, attorney Anthony B. Cantrell is regarded as one of the most experienced and effective criminal defense attorneys in the region, with a proven record of successfully helping individuals get the best possible outcome for their charges.
He is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he has earned Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer review rating* of AV Preeminent for ethical standards and legal excellence. Attorney Cantrell has tried numerous federal cases over the course of his professional career.
Understanding the Basics
The term bank robbery is broad description that represents many elements of crime. The specifics in regard to the penalties that may be imposed on the accused are subject to the dollar amount stolen and the way the robbery was committed. Here are a few more facts to consider:
- If convicted, any person accused of entering a bank building, or a building containing a bank (like a grocery store, for instance), with the intent of extracting funds by force, could face a 20-year prison sentence.
- Accomplices — and these include anyone concealing information pertaining to a bank robbery — could serve a 10-year sentence in a federal prison.
- Any robbery that involves assault or endangers the life of another could result in fines and serving as many as 25 years in prison.
- The use of a gun is not necessary to classify an assault on a bank as a robbery.
The Experience You Need
If you have been accused of robbing a bank, you need an attorney who is experienced and who will be dedicated to ensuring you are provided with the best defense possible. Call the Law Offices of Anthony B. Cantrell today to discuss your case or contact the firm by email.
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